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Japanese American Bar Association Educational Foundation
Post Office Box 86063
Los Angeles, California 90086
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The foundation thanks you for your generous support. Proceeds will be used to further JEF’s mission of helping to provide financial support to students in pursuit of their legal education. The Japanese American Bar Association Educational Foundation is a California charitable non-profit corporation qualified as tax exempt under IRS Code Section 501(c)(3). Your donation is tax deductible as a charitable contribution to the fullest extent of the law. Federal tax ID#55-0899277.
The Japanese American Bar Association Educational Foundation (JEF) was created in 2006 to facilitate the awarding of scholarships to deserving law students and/or recent law school graduates.
Awards are given in honor of Justice John F. Aiso, Justice Stephen K. Tamura, and Judge Edward Y. Kakita, highly distinguished and pioneering Asian American judges, and through the Lim Ruger Foundation.
Questions? E-mail JEFscholarship@gmail.com
Justice John F. Aiso Scholarship. Justice Aiso served as the chief instructor of what became the Military Intelligence Service Language School. In 1953, he became the first Japanese American California state judge when Governor Earl Warren appointed him to the municipal court. He was later appointed to the Second Appellate District in 1968.
Justice Stephen K. Tamura Scholarship. Justice Tamura was interned in Poston with his family and later served in the all-Nisei 442nd Regimental Combat Team. In 1961, Governor Pat Brown appointed him to the Orange County Superior Court and later elevated him to the Fourth Appellate District. Justice Tamura was the first Asian American to sit on the California Court of Appeal. He also served as Justice Pro Tem on the California Supreme Court.
Judge Edward Y. Kakita Memorial Scholarship. In 2006, JEF created the Judge Edward Y. Kakita Scholarship in memory of Judge Kakita (1940-2005). Judge Kakita was interned with his family at Poston, Arizona during World War II. A founding member of the Japanese American Bar Association, Judge Kakita presided as JABA’s first President in 1976. Governor Jerry Brown appointed him to the Superior Court in 1980.
Judge Kakita is widely recognized for being a major, if not the major force behind the successful formation of JABA.
Lim Ruger Foundation Scholarship.
The Lim Ruger Foundation Scholarship was established in 2007 with generous funding provided by the Lim Ruger Foundation. Lim Ruger Foundation, the private charity arm of the law firm of Lim Ruger & Kim, LLP, works through bar associations to grant scholarships to minority law students in the pursuit of a more just and equitable society. Lim Ruger & Kim, LLP, founded in 1986, is nationally recognized as a leading minority-owned law firm based in Los Angeles, California.
JABA Educational Foundation (JEF) Board of Directors
1. Raymond W. Sakai: President and Director.
2. Diana H. Nishiura: Vice President and Director.
3. Allyson T. Sakai: Secretary and Director.
4. Bert Y. Kawahara: Treasurer and Director.
5. Sandra S. Fujiyama: Director.
6. Alex H. Fukui: Director.
7. Katherine M. Hikida: Director.
8. K. Anne Inoue: Director.
9. Diana Iketani Iorlano: Director.
10. Bruce L. Ishimatsu: Director.
11. Robert M. Kawahara: Director.
12. Jeffrey K. Maloney: Director.
13. Jon R. Takasugi: Director.
14. Diane M.L. Tan: Director.
15. Lynn A. Whitcher: Director.
16. Dennis T. Yokoyama: Director.
17. Mark J. Furuya: Ex-officio Director
18. Douglas Sugimoto: Ex-officio Director.