Institute for Corean-American Studies

Paul M. Uyehara

Paul M. Uyehara joined the Coordination and Review Section of the U.S. Justice Department, Civil Rights Division in Washington, D.C. in September 2008. Paul works on administrative complaints alleging discrimination by DOJ grantees; coordination of federal civil rights enforcement; technical assistance, community education, and outreach; and chairs the Enforcement Committee of the Federal Interagency Working Group on Limited English Proficiency. He came to DOJ after 30 years of work in Philadelphia. Paul was a senior staff attorney in the Language Access Project of Community Legal Services for eight years, where he focused on language rights advocacy, improving program accessibility for language minority clients, and representing limited English proficient clients with consumer problems. He was a founding member of the National Language Access Advocates Network (N-LAAN). Paul has also served as a lawyer and a paralegal in other CLS units, and at Philadelphia Legal Assistance, the Consumer Bankruptcy Assistance Project, the Philadelphia Law Department and was a law clerk in the federal district court. He has practiced in the areas of consumer bankruptcy, mortgage foreclosure, family law and landlord/tenant. Outside of work, Paul served as a commissioner on the Philadelphia Police Advisory Commission, which provides civilian oversight of the Philadelphia Police Department, from 1993 to 2003. He is also a past president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, past governor of the Eastern District Council, JACL and a former member of the national JACL board. Paul earned a J.D., magna cum laude, from Temple Law School and an A.B. from Oberlin College.

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