Paul Igasaki Appointed as Chair and Chief Judge at DOL


WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Feb. 26, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the appointment of Paul M. Igasaki as Chair and Chief Judge of the DOL’s Administrative Review Board by Secretary Hilda Solis.

The board, which receives appeals on behalf of Solis, hears cases involving whistleblower protection laws, wage and hour requirements, immigration and equal opportunity, among other issues.

Prior to the appointment, Igasaki was the deputy chief executive officer for Equal Justice Works, a non-profit organization that promotes public interest legal work. From 1994 to 2002, he acted as vice chair, chair and commissioner of the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission, appointed by President Bill Clinton.

Igasaki also served as the executive director of the Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco and as the Washington, D.C. representative for the Japanese American Citizens Leagues.

A graduate of Northwestern University and the University of California, Davis School of Law, he resides in Alexandria, Vir., with his wife and daughter. Igasaki’s wife, Louann Igasaki, is the first Asian American to serve as administrative appeals judge for the Social Security Administration.

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