Daniel M. Mayeda is the Associate Director of the Documentary Film Legal Clinic at UCLA School of Law. Prior to this appointment, Dan practiced law for nearly 35 years, most recently as a shareholder in the Los Angeles law firm of Leopold, Petrich and Smith, where he specialized in litigation involving the media and entertainment industries. He will continue to serve of counsel to the firm.
Dan has been a longtime advocate for accurate and sensitive depictions of Asian Americans in the media. He is a member of the Board of Directors and pro bono legal Counsel of East West Players, the country's premiere Asian Pacific American theatre organization. Since 2000, Dan has helped lead a national multi-ethnic coalition of civil rights and media activism groups to persuade the four major television networks to increase diversity on screen and behind the scenes. He currently serves as Chair of the Asian Pacific American Media Coalition, as well as on the national Diversity Advisory Council for Comcast Corporation.
Dan has written and spoken extensively on media, intellectual property and Asian American community issues. He has been an Adjunct Professor at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and has taught media courses at California State University, Los Angeles and California State University, Northridge.