Peggy Nagae JD ’77
Was selected as one of four recipients of the American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession’s 2017 Spirit of Excellence Award. Nagae practices at the Portland firm Peggy Nagae Consulting, which she founded in 1988. She also serves as program director for the Center for Asian Pacific American Women. Nagae has served as president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, vice-chair of the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, president of the Asian Bar Association of Washington, and board member for Asian Americans Advancing Justice. She represented Minoru Yasui in his successful bid to reopen his World War II Japanese American curfew case and have his conviction vacated. In 2013, Nagae spearheaded Yasui’s successful nomination for a Presidential Medal of Freedom, which President Obama awarded posthumously in November 2015. In 2016, Nagae led the effort to create a permanent Minoru Yasui Day (March 28) in Oregon.