Community Events 

These events are not sponsored by SABA-DC, but they may be of interest to our members and our community.  Please submit requests for posting to at least seven (7) days in advance of the event.  SABA-DC does not post Community Events that are political or partisan in nature.  All Community Events advertised must have a nexus to SABA-DC's mission or pertain to an issue of interest to the South Asian legal community. 


Sponsor(s): Georgetown Law Asian Pacific Law Student Association (APALSA)

Event: Asian Pacific American Trailblazers: Between Two Worlds

APALSA cordially invites you to our annual Asian Pacific American Trailblazers: Between Two Worlds event on Monday, March 6, 2017 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm.  Given your busy work schedules, even if you are unable to attend the entire event, we would encourage you to attend our networking reception at 8:00 pm at which food and beverages will be provided. M any students from across the DC metropolitan area will attend, and are looking forward to meeting and networking with practitioners in the APA legal community. The event will be held at the Gewirz Student Center (12th floor) on the Georgetown University Law Center campus at 120 F Street, NW in Washington, DC. 

Each year at our annual Trailblazers event, we invite APA leaders who have made strides in the legal and political arenas to participate in a Practitioners Panel discussion and attend a reception with law students, and we honor one trailblazer who has broken new ground with his or her pioneering contributions to the APA community. 

This year’s Trailblazers event will be held in honor of Judge Kiyo A. Matsumoto of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. She will give a keynote speech, that will be followed by a Practitioners Panel moderated by Georgetown Law Professor Arjun Sethi. Our aim is to focus this year’s discussion on the realities and challenges that stand between the current state of the legal profession and an ideal, equitable one, particularly from the perspective of young legal professionals with diverse cultural backgrounds. We hope that you, as a practitioner in the field, will attend and join in on this discussion. Further information about the event can be found in the attached flyer. Please register for the event here ( 

If you have any questions, please contact or at 925-785-9971.


Sponsor(s): Dulles Justice Coalition

Event: Volunteer opportunities at Dulles Airport

The Dulles Justice Coalition is a nonpartisan alliance of legal non-profits, law firms and private individuals, working to assist detainees at Dulles Airport as a result of the recent executive actions on immigration.

The Coalition has volunteer opportunities ranging from online to on the ground at Dulles, and tasks suitable for attorneys and non-attorneys ranging from greeting travelers, managing data entry, drafting talking points and press releases, to legal research. 

If you can help out, fill out the volunteer form and indicate your availability for morning, afternoon, evening, or night and preference for weekend or weekday(s) that work for you.  Please mention “SABA-DC” at the end of the form.  The Coalition will respond to you with an assignment and details.


Sponsor(s): Practising Law Institute

Event: Challenging Immigration Detention with Habeas Petitions – A Basic Overview

This important free briefing is offered in response to community demand and the great need for training on this topic. 


Topics to be addressed include: 

  • Nuts and bolts of filing a motion for temporary restraining order
  • Legal standard for TROs
  • Nuts and bolts for filing a petition for writ of habeas corpus
  • Common legal claims for habeas petitions      


Sponsor(s): Washington Council of Lawyers

Event: Dinner & Discussion with Seema Gajwani, Special Counsel on Juvenile Justice Reform at the D.C. Office of the Attorney General.

Washington Council of Lawyers is pleased to host a Dinner & Discussion with Seema Gajwani, Special Counsel on Juvenile Justice Reform at the D.C. Office of the Attorney General.


Ms. Gajwani has dedicated her career to juvenile justice issues. First she worked as a trial lawyer at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, and later she served as a policy advocate at the Public Justice Foundation. Join us for an opportunity to connect and converse with other public-interest-minded lawyers and law students, and to hear Ms. Gajwani’s remarks about the importance of juvenile justice reforms in our city and around the country.


WHAT:  Dinner & Discussion with Seema Gajwani

WHEN:  Wednesday, January 18, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

WHERE:  Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP (601 Massachusetts Avenue NW)
COST:  $25 for WCL members; $30 for non-members




Sponsor(s): Embassy of India, Washington DC

Event: Constitution Day 2016: "The Making of India's Constitution: American Influences and Contributions" - lecture by Vikram Raghavan
Free Registration:

This day seventy years ago, India's Constituent Assembly convened for the first time in New Delhi. Over the next three years, the Assembly drafted, debated, and adopted the world's longest written constitution. That charter serves as the bedrock of India's democracy and guides the destinies of its more than a billion citizens. In erecting a republic, India's founders drew considerably upon the practices, traditions, lessons and experiences of the United States' constitution. Incorporating archival work and photographs, this talk will examine America's contributions to the making and working of India's constitution. Besides exploring the historical connections between the two countries, the talk will emphasize the common constitutional features, values, and commitments that the two democracies share.

Vikram Raghavan

Vikram Raghavan is a lawyer at an international organization in Washington, DC. Beyond his professional commitments, Vikram remains deeply engaged in Indian constitutional law and history. Several years ago, Vikram created and now contributes to Law and Other Things, a widely read blog on Indian constitutional law. He has authored a book titled Communications Law in India (LexisNexis 2006) and co-edited a volume of essays: Comparative Constitutionalism in South Asia (Oxford University Press 2013). Presently, Vikram is working on an Oxford Shorter Introduction to India's Legal System. Over the medium term, Vikram hopes to write a detailed narrative account about how India became a constitutional republic in 1950. 

Vikram lectures regularly at Indian law schools and before other audiences about India's founding as a republic and its constitutional history.


Sponsor(s): Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Washington, DC

EventSpeak Up!  Roundtable on Speaking and CLE-Instructor Opportunities (Nov. 29, RSVP by Nov. 25)

Want (or need) to learn about presentation opportunities in national and local events and programs?  An APABA-DC-moderated roundtable will feature organization insiders discussing (1) types and timing of opportunities available; (2) their proposal processes; and (3) the elements of a successful pitch—and program.  These insiders will also be discussing their organizations’ approach to diversity, which includes the American Bar Association’s Diversity and Inclusion CLE Policy that takes effect in March 2017.  The roundtable is geared toward diverse attorneys that want to become a first-time panelist, moderator, or CLE-instructor in the next 1-2 years as well as experienced presenters that want to expand their visibility opportunities and network with similarly-minded attorneys. 
  • ·        National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • ·        Association of Corporate Counsel
  • ·        American Bar Association, Public Contract Law Section (Diversity Committee)
  • ·        American Bar Association, Section of Intellectual Property Law
  • ·        D.C. Bar


Date/Time: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 6:30-7:45 p.m.

Location: Morrison Foerster, 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 6000, Washington, DC (near Farragut West Metro)

Refreshments: Light refreshments and beverages will be provided, courtesy of Morrison Foerster

RSVP: Register by completing the form here by November 25, 2016; all attendees must register in advance.

If you have any questions, please contact APABA-DC’s VP for Education, Jayna Marie Rust (


Sponsor(s): Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Washington, DC

EventAPABA-DC invites SABA-DC members to join its Capital Dragon Boat Regatta team!

For the second straight year, APABA-DC has registered a team/boat for the regatta, which will be held on DC's Southwest Waterfront on August 27, 2016.  This year the race consists of two 200-meter and two 500-meter races; there is also the possibility that the team will participate in the 1,000-meter race.  Please read below for details on joining us for this annual event:  

Dragon Boat Racing: for those unfamiliar with the sport, it is sort of like racing in a 20-person canoe; it is a great workout, but it is also something that people of all ages and athletic abilities can do; we have had kids join our team (as long as they are 12+) and have had paddlers that are in their mid-70s

Dates and Times: regatta is all day on August 27, 2016; practices are August 14 and August 20 at 10:00 a.m. (all team members should plan to attend both practices)

Locations: the regatta and practices are at the Gangplank Marina

Fee/Cost: $50 for members and $60 for non-members (APABA-DC has offered its member price for SABA-DC members)

What Team Members Receive with Their Registration Fee: two practices, entry into the regatta races, breakfast and lunch the day of the regatta, personal-floatation device and paddle for practices and race day (if needed), and fantastic networking and fun

A Few Additional Notes: we are still looking for a sponsor for the team; if we are able to confirm sponsorship, members will receive jerseys; if we are unable to obtain sponsorship, new members will be required to purchase a jersey

If you are interested in joining the team, please register here.  You will receive an email confirmation and payment instructions following your registration.  If you have any questions, please contact team captain Jayna Marie Rust


Sponsor(s): American India Foundation Young Professionals - DC Chapter

Event: Eat 4 Charity


Attention D.C. foodies: Eat 4 Charity is BACK!

The American India Foundation Young Professionals - DC Chapter is pleased to invite you to this year's Eat 4 Charity, the summer food competition between local aspiring chef-testants to help raise money and awareness for AIF's programs and work.

The best part? Let your tastebuds decide who gets to join the ranks of D.C.'s next best chef! AIF's Eat 4 Charity winners gets to take home a cash prize, sponsor swag, future one-on-one time with one of our celebrity judges to discuss the DC food scene, and most importantly, a year's worth of bragging rights!

Your ticket grants you:
-Admission to the event, including tastings from all the incredible chef-testants and vendors 
-Raffle ticket for some cool prizes
-Cash bar
-An afternoon in Eastern Market and endless food pictures for your Instagram 

As a thank you to SABA DC, use the discount code SABADC to receive 10% off you ticket!

100% of the proceeds from Eat 4 Charity will go to the Maternal and Newborn Survival Initiative, the featured AIF signature program for the 2015-2016 YP DC Leadership Council. MANSI works to provide the resources and support required to empower local communities to care for their mothers and children while improving the local health system. Learn more about MANSI:

A huge thanks to our sponsors: 
Room 11
Narmada Winery
SS Indian Grocery
ShopHouse Kitchen
Pleasant Pops
Urban Stems 

Are you interested in joining the AIF YP DC team? Our 2016-2017 fiscal year applications are now open! Apply HERE:


Sponsor(s): Hindu American Foundation

Event: Inaugural Policy Conference and Annual Congressional Reception (June 20-21, 2016)


HAF Inaugural Policy Conference

Learn first hand from lawmakers, world-renowned policy experts, and human rights leaders about the latest issue impacting Hindus in the U.S. and around the world.


WHERE: Top of the Hill Ballroom, Reserve Officers Association, 1 Constitution Ave. NE, Washington D.C.

WHEN: Monday, June 20th, 2016, 9am-3:30pm

RSVP via Eventbrite: Click Here




Event registration opens



Opening remarks



PANEL DISCUSSIONMinority Hindu Communities, A Human Rights Perspective

How can American foreign policy effectively address human rights concerns plaguing minority Hindu communities and international security threats in South Asia?

Bharath Gopalswamy, PhD. — Director, Atlantic Council South Asia Center
Rukhsana Hasib — Author, Women's Rights Activist, 1971 Bangladesh Genocide Survivor
Farahnaz Ispahani — Author, Human Rights Advocate, former Member of the Parliament of Pakistan
Samir Kalra, Esq. (moderator) — HAF Senior Director and Human Rights Fellow




Vanita Gupta — Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights



PANEL DISCUSSION: Hindu Americans and Civil Rights

What domestic policy concerns should Hindu Americans be keyed into?

Caroline Darmody — Legislative Assistant, Office of Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA)
Maggie Garrett — Legal Counsel, Americans United for Separation of Church & State
Michael Lieberman, Esq. — Washington Counsel, Anti-Defamation League
Paul Monteiro — Director, Community Relations Service at the U.S. Department of Justice
Suhag Shukla, Esq. (moderator) — HAF Executive Director and Legal Counsel



HAF Annual Congressional Reception & International Yoga Day Celebration

The Hindu American Foundation cordially invites you to its 13th Annual Capitol Hill Evening Reception on June 21. Please join us as we honor elected officials, interfaith activists, and community leaders. Come mingle with the HAF team and like-minded supporters, partake in festivities and food, and celebrate the many successes of Hindu American advocacy. This year, we'll also be celebrating our 2nd Annual International Yoga Day as we honor the timeless Hindu practice of karma yoga, union in service.


WHERE: Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-340, Washington, D.C.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 21st, 2016, 5:30 - 8:00pm

RSVP via Eventbrite: Click Here

(No yoga mats or exercise attire required)


About HAF

The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) is an advocacy organization for the Hindu American community. The Foundation educates the public about Hinduism, speaks out about issues affecting Hindus worldwide, and builds bridges with institutions and individuals whose work aligns with HAF’s objectives. HAF focuses on human and civil rights, public policy, media, academia, and interfaith relations. Through its advocacy efforts, HAF seeks to cultivate leaders and empower future generations of Hindu Americans.


The Hindu American Foundation is not affiliated with any religious or political organizations or entities. HAF seeks to serve Hindu Americans across all sampradayas (Hindu religious traditions) regardless of race, color, national origin, citizenship, caste, gender, sexual orientation, age and/or disability.  


Sponsor(s): Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Washington, DC  (APABA-DC)

Event: Perspectives from the Bench: Good Advocacy, Professionalism, and Being Part of the Solution (June 29, 2016)


Come out and enjoy a rare opportunity to meet a panel of prominent Asian-Pacific American judges as they provide their insights on what makes good advocacy, professionalism, and useful practice tips. The panel will include:

The Honorable Sri Srinivasan

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia


The Honorable Raymond T. Chen

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


The Honorable Theodore D. Chuang

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland


The Honorable Amit P. Mehta

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia


Light refreshments will be served.

Date: June 29, 2016, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.)

Location: Ropes & Gray, 2099 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

Cost: Free

Please RSVP by close of business on June 28 to Kenie Ho and Keiko Takagi at


Sponsor(s): South Asian Performing Arts Network and Institute (SAPAN Institute)

Event: FORCES 


The South Asian Performing Arts Network and Institute (The SAPAN Institute) is home to numerous lawyers and law students in the DMV area. Founded in 2007 by a group including two lawyers, The SAPAN Institute has encouraged the South Asian performing arts through dance, music, and theater. 

I'm reaching out to invite your group to the SAPAN Institute's production, FORCES. The show will feature the three SAPAN branches, dance, music, and theater, collaborating in unique ways to explore the emotional range and two-faced nature of the four identified elements of WATER, FIRE, EARTH, and WIND.  Our dancers, musicians, and actors are working hard to continue pushing the limits of what you've seen SAPAN do before, including spoken word, rap, and innovative dance forms!

We would love for members of SABA to attend and continue building this community! Please use the discount code SABA to purchase tickets! 

Tickets are available at:

Discount Code: SABA


Sponsor(s): Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center (APALRC), Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC-DC)

Event: Citizenship Workshop


APALRC and AAJC-DC is hosting another citizenship workshop next week in Falls Church, Virginia. Volunteers will assist with registration, filling out naturalization applications, and attend to other client needs throughout the day. Prior immigration experience is helpful but not necessary. If you are interested in volunteering, please register at


The workshop information is as follows:

DateApril 9, 2016

Time1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Like our other clinics, these are the walk-in hours. Volunteers are asked to commit from 12:00 PM-5:00 PM for training and wrap up.)

Location: Woodrow Wilson Library at 6101 Knollwood Dr, Falls Church, VA 22041. 

Language Skills: While language skills are not required to volunteer, bilingual volunteers are most welcome.

Experience: Law students and attorneys are welcome. Immigration experience is helpful, but not required. 

Attire: Casual.

Food: Lunch will be provided. 



12:00 - 12:30 PM: Check-in and lunch

12:30 PM: Attorney prescreen training

1:00 AM: Doors Open

4:00 PM: Doors close


As mentioned, while doors close at 4:00 PM, we would like volunteers to stay until the last applicant is processed. If you have to leave early, please let me know beforehand and make a note of it when you sign-in at the clinic. 


If you have any friends or colleagues who are interested in volunteering, please have them email me directly.


If you have any questions, I can be reached via email or at (202) 706-7135.


Thanks in advance for volunteering your time at our event!

Linda Vuong

New Americans Campaign Attorney Fellow

Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center

1012 14th St. N.W., Suite 450

Washington, D.C. 20005

(202) 706-7135


South Asian Bar Association of Washington, D.C.
P.O. Box 65349
Washington, D.C. 20035
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