Join Uplift Law in Celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Month. As a law firm, Uplift Law acknowledges the important strides the following legal and government individuals have made in serving their country and making America a better place for all people.
Attorneys general are the top legal officers of their state or territory. They advise and represent their legislature and state agencies and act as the “People’s Lawyer” for the citizens. In United States history, only recently have Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders achieved such high honors. Kamala Harris, the current Vice President of the United States, was the first Asian American to be elected as a state attorney general in California’s history. She served as California’s attorney general from 2010-2017 and then became a senator for California until she became Joe Biden’s running mate and now serves as the Vice President of the United States. William Tong is the first Asian-American attorney general for the state of Connecticut. He was elected as Connecticut’s attorney general in 2019. Rob Bonta is the current attorney general of the state of California. Appointed April 25, 2021, he is the first Filipino-American to be appointed California Attorney General.
Hawaii is the only state that has seen a majority of Asian Americans as its attorney general. Hawaii’s first attorney general was Jack Hifuo Mizuha. He served as Hawaii’s attorney general for a year (1958-1959) before becoming a Justice of the Supreme Court of Hawaii. After Justice Mizuha, Shiro Kashiwa was the first attorney general to be appointed after Hawaii became a state in 1959. Justice Kashiwa was also the first federal judge of Japanese-American descent. Over the next 60 years, Justice Bert Kobayashi Sr., Bertram Kanbara, George T. H. Pai, Ronald Amemiya, Wayne Minami, Tany S. Hong, Corinne Watanabe, Earl I. Anzai, Russell Suzuki, and Doug Chin have proudly served as pillars of the Asian-American community as Hawaii’s attorney generals.
These are just a few of the Asian American Pacific Islanders that have contributed to our nation. For more information please visit: https://asianpacificheritage.gov/