Kimiko Akiya was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2016. She has prior experience at a civil litigation firm that practiced landlord-tenant litigation, property dispute litigation, and personal injury. She also previously worked for a Criminal Justice Act attorney as a federal criminal defense attorney and practiced before the United States District Court of the District of New Mexico and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.
While at law school, Ms. Akiya participated in her school’s exchange program with the University of New Hampshire Law School and was selected for the Washington, D.C., 2015 program. During her time in D.C., Ms. Akiya worked as law clerk for NPR’s Office of General Counsel. Ms. Akiya worked as a clinical law student for the Law Practice/Community Lawyering Clinic where she represented low-income clients in domestic and immigration affairs. As part of her law clinic experience, Ms. Akiya was part of the Medical-Legal Alliance Committee where she worked to provide better legal services to the medical clinics’ patients. Ms. Akiya earned Clinical Honors for her work.
She attended law school at the University of New Mexico School of Law and received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, in 2016. Ms. Akiya earned her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 2008, with a major in Sculpture.
Ms. Akiya is currently on the Board of Directors of the Queen’s Bench Bar Association and is co-chair of the Education Committee. She is also a member of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area.