HONORS & AWARDS
Judge Dennis Hayashi with President Bill Clinton
Early in his career, Judge Hayashi served as lead counsel in numerous landmark cases involving the rights of women and minorities, including Henning v. Industrial Welfare Commission, which challenged the imposition of a subminimum wage for tipped employees in California. The case was decided by the California Supreme Court and was ranked as one of the ten most important Supreme Court decisions that year by the California State Bar Association.
On the 25th Anniversary of the historic civil rights decision of Fred Korematsu vs. the United States, the Asian Law Caucus honored the Korematsu coram nobis legal team, including Judge Hayashi, for his determination and commitment to fairness and justice. He was named “One of the 100 Most Influential Asians of the Decade” by A Magazine: Inside Asian America,” and honored by the National Asian Pacific American Law Students Association and Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum for his lifelong advocacy for the civil rights of Asian Americans and other minorities.
Judge Dennis Hayashi with Secretary Donna Shalala and Kevin Thurm. Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service, United States Department of Health and Human Services