[NOTE: Captain Minami was scheduled to be our keynote speaker at this year’s Memorial Day Service until Covid-19 safety concerns forced cancellation of the service. Instead, we are offering a Virtual Memorial Day Service to be aired on social media on Monday, May 25, which will feature a taped address by Captain Minami.]
Captain Minami hails from Seattle, Washington. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Accounting from the University of Washington, her Juris Doctor degree from Northeastern University School of Law and her Master of Laws from the University of Virginia School of Law. She is admitted to practice in the State of Washington and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Captain Minami commissioned as a Naval Officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps in 1994. She served as defense counsel and legal services attorney at Navy Legal Service Office, National Capital in Washington D.C. from 1994 to 1997. From there, she reported to her first sea-tour onboard the aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72), serving as Assistant Command Judge Advocate. She completed LINCOLN’s 1998 deployment to the Western Pacific and Persian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch. From 1999 to 2001, Captain Minami served as Staff Judge Advocate, Naval Submarine Base (SUBASE), Bangor. While at SUBASE Bangor, Captain Minami was Navy Region Northwest’s first recipient of the Outstanding Navy Legal Professional Award, co-sponsored by the Kitsap County Bar Association and the U.S. Navy League.
In August 2001, Captain Minami reported to Naval Justice School, the “Navy’s Law School” as an instructor and eventually became chair of the largest academic department. She taught court-martial procedure, evidence and trial advocacy while supervising 14 attorney-instructors. Captain Minami’s second sea-tour was onboard the aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN 71) as legal advisor to Carrier Strike Group TWO (CSG2). She completed CSG2's 2005-2006 deployment to the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf in support of OIF and OEF.
From April 2006 to July 2008, Captain Minami was a JAG Corps assignments officer at Navy Personnel Command. After earning her LL.M. in May 2009, Captain Minami deployed for one year to Baghdad, Iraq where she served at the U.S. Embassy as Chief, Rule of Law for Multi-National Forces Iraq. While in Baghdad, Captain Minami helped coordinate the large interagency efforts to build capacity in Iraqi courts, corrections and security forces. She routinely met with the Chief Justice of Iraq and the Iraqi Minister of Justice. From July 2010 to May 2012, Captain Minami served as Force Judge Advocate, Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Captain Minami served as Commanding Officer of Region Legal Service Office Northwest from 2012 to 2014 where she led a 70-person organization providing all Navy prosecution and legal services to the Pacific Northwest fleet. Captain Minami was recognized as a Federal Asian Pacific American Council Military Meritorious Award winner in 2014.
Captain Minami returned to Navy Personnel Command in 2014 as the Senior JAG Corps assignments officer, guiding over 870 Navy lawyers through career progression and job assignment processes.
Captain Minami is currently the Circuit Military Judge of the Northwest Judicial Circuit, Navy-Marine Corps Trial Judiciary.