The name of trailblazing Stephen K. Tamura – Orange County’s first Asian American attorney, county counsel and Superior Court judge – will soon adorn a county courthouse in Westminster.
The decision to rename the West Justice Center in honor of Tamura will honor his “legacy of groundbreaking successes” and will “serve as recognition of the contributions of Asian Americans to Orange County and the United States,” Orange County judicial officials said.
Surviving family members hope the renaming, nearly four decades after Tamura’s death in 1982, brings renewed attention to a man they say never lost his connection to the community while remaining devoted to the law.
“We were really thrilled,” said Susan Kawaichi, Tamura’s daughter. “It’s such an honor and he has been gone for such a long time, It’s nice that he will be remembered again.”