Don Tamaki

Senior Counsel, Minami Tamaki LLP

Don Tamaki, a graduate of Berkeley Law, served on the pro bono legal team that reopened Korematsu v. United States, overturning Fred Korematsu’s conviction for refusing incarceration. He is also co-founder of StopRepeatingHistory.Org, a campaign drawing parallels between the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II and the targeting of minority groups based on race or religion. He is a Senior Counsel at Minami Tamaki LLP since 2020, having previously served as its Managing Partner for 13 years. He is a past Executive Director of the Asian Law Caucus – and a co-founder of the Asian Law Alliance. He received the State Bar of California Loren Miller Award in 1987 and the American Bar Association’s Spirit of Excellence Award in 2020. He was recently named by California’s Governor Gavin Newsom to the new Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans (any remarks will be in his personal capacity).

Don is speaking at

General Advocacy
July 16, 2021
8:30 pm - 9:45 pm


  • Kathay Feng (Speaker) National Redistricting Director, Common Cause
  • George Takei (Speaker)
  • Don Tamaki (Speaker) Senior Counsel, Minami Tamaki LLP
  • Kiran Kaur Gill (Speaker) Executive Director, Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • Michael Nguyen (Speaker) Senior Policy & Advocacy Associate, OCA National
Sponsored By:
OCA Greater Phoenix


Based on historian Jon Meacham’s bestseller, the 2020 HBO documentary The Soul of America explores pivotal historical events such as the women’s suffrage movement, the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, McCarthyism, and the struggle to pass Civil Rights legislation in the 1960s. The film recognizes forces of hatred and division as recurring themes in American life, but ultimately gives hope that the lessons of the past may bring the nation closer to achieving its democratic ideals.

The panel will feature legal scholars, advocates, and practitioners, as they reflect on our current critical moment in history, and the themes of nativism, xenophobia, racism, isolationism, and hostility towards others that have occurred throughout history.

Presented in collaboration with Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), Stop Repeating History and Kunhardt Film Foundation. Link to documentary is available upon registration.

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