Rev. Susan Shannon
Rev. Susan Shannon
November 9, 2022
Mr. Dipan Mitra
Mr. Dipan Mitra
November 9, 2022

Ms. Mia Yamamoto

Ms. Mia Yamamoto

Ms. Mia Yamamoto


KAILASA Dharma Rakshana Social Justice Om Award February 20, 2022

Affiliation at the time of award: Los Angeles-based criminal defense attorney and civil rights activist

Country: United States


Ms. MIA YAMAMOTO, formerly Michael Francis Yamamoto is a Los Angeles-based criminal defense attorney and civil rights activist.

She was born in Poston relocation camp, Arizona during World War 2.

Ms. Mia stands for human rights and justice for women, trans, immigrants, prisoners, LGBT and all marginalized people — particularly for people whose lives have been upended by the criminal justice system and incarceration.

  • Ms. Mia joined the US. army 1966-68 awarded National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal.
  • She is the past president of: California attorneys for criminal justice (statewide org. of 2,500 public defenders), Japanese American bar association, the Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance and many more.
  • She is the co-founder and past chair of the multicultural Bar Alliance (coalition of minority, women’s and LGBT bar associations of Los Angeles)
  • She has owned a private practice since 1984.
  • She was named “criminal defense attorney of the year” by the LA County Bar Association in 2002; and named one of the “100 most influential lawyers in California” by the California Daily Journal 2002.


Ms. Mia Yamamoto Certificate

Comments are closed.


2022 KAILASA Om Award Announcements

The next KAILASA Om Awards ceremony will take place Monday, December 19
See the full Nomination Schedule.

Connect with us









    Signup the "Monthly" newsletter

    Join thousands of global subscribers enjoying the free monthly Kailasa Om Award highlights, trivia and up-to-date information.

    Your email