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Endorsements

SABA-DC believes in supporting and advancing the careers of members of the Washington, D.C. legal community.  As a result, we play an active role in reviewing requests for endorsements from candidates for important legal positions, such as judicial nominations, political appointments, or election to Bar or other voluntary leadership positions.

Process

  • Candidates for an endorsement should submit the Required Materials (see below) at least four weeks in advance of the deadline for submission of SABA-DC’s endorsement letter or announcement. 
  • SABA-DC may consider endorsement requests after the deadline on a case-by-case basis.
  • For DC Bar Elections, SABA-DC will considered applications on a more expedited schedule of two weeks before the start of the voting period.
  • The SABA-DC Endorsements Committee will review all applications and conduct an interview.
  • The Endorsements Committee will make endorsement recommendations to the SABA-DC Board.
  • The SABA-DC Board will then consider and vote on whether to provide an endorsement.

Criteria

  • SABA-DC membership status and sustained history of involvement in SABA-DC’s activities and initiatives;
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting the South Asian legal community in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and/or nationally;
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting efforts to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal profession; and
  • Strong academic and professional qualifications commensurate with the position being sought.

Required Materials

  • Candidates should send requests to sabadcendorsements@gmail.com 
  • Please write “[ENDORSEMENT REQUEST]” in the subject line of the email
  • State in the body of the email the deadline and addresses for the recipients
  • Attach Endorsement Questionnaire
  • Attach Current Resume or CV

Publicity and Confidentiality

  • The application materials of all candidates seeking endorsement for any elected or appointed office shall be kept confidential by the Endorsements Committee and the SABA-DC Board.
  • If an endorsed candidate requests SABA-DC to publicize our support, SABA-DC will announce the endorsement on its Endorsements webpage (http://www.sabadc.org/Endorsements).
  • SABA-DC also may elect to promote any selection or confirmation through our Raising the Bar newsletter and social media posts (where appropriate).

Recent Endorsements

Judicial or Political Appointments


SABA-DC is proud to endorse Magistrate Judge Errol Arthur for appointment to serve as an Associate Judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.


SABA-DC is proud to endorse Anjali Chaturvedi to serve as the next U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. SABA-DC also proudly endorses Ms. Chaturvedi to serve as the next U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland.


SABA-DC is proud to endorse Magistrate Judge Zia Faruqui for appointment to serve as a District Judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.


SABA-DC is proud to endorse Ayesha Khan for appointment to serve as a District Judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.


SABA-DC is proud to endorse Jayesh Rathod for appointment to serve as an Associate Judge on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.


SABA-DC is proud to endorse Vijay Shankar for appointment to serve as a Judge on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.


SABA-DC 

Our goal is to address the needs and concerns of the South Asian American legal community in Washington, D.C. while providing our members with the knowledge and support necessary to reach their personal and professional goals.


You can find us here:

South Asian Bar Association of Washington, D.C.

P.O. Box 65349
Washington, D.C. 20035


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