Takao Yamada, a Seattle-based attorney and entrepreneur, is a co-founder of AirportLawyer.org (https://www.airportlawyer.org/). This web app connects refugees, immigrants and other travelers affected by the recent presidential executive orders with volunteer lawyers on the ground. After helping coordinate the emergency legal response at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Yamada developed the app AirportLawyer.org with immigration attorney Greg McLawsen and the legal technology companies Clio (https://www.clio.com/) and Neota Logic (https://www.neotalogic.com/). Yamada is deeply committed to connecting technology entrepreneurship with activism to amplify the social justice impact of both. He has worked in public policy and politics for a number of years. In addition to co-founding tech start-ups, Yamada has worked for the Washington State legislature and, as a clerk for Associate Justice of the Washington Supreme Court Mary Yu, helped facilitate the first same-sex marriage in Washington state. Yamada is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 2011) and Hobart and William Smith Colleges (B.A., Political Science &Government, 2002).
Airport Lawyer is currently live for Baltimore/Washington International Airport, Denver International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport. The group behind the project plans to rollout coverage at all major U.S. international airports. Go to https://www.airportlawyer.org/updates/2017/2/7/press-release-feb-7-2017