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South Asian Reflections on the Armed Forces: A Joint Service Perspective

  • Monday, March 15, 2021
  • 6:00 PM
  • Zoom


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South Asian Reflections on the Armed Forces:
A Joint Service Perspective

Please join SABA-DC and SABA-North America's Military Law Section for a discussion with experienced Military Lawyers/ Officers from the U.S Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Marine Corps Reserve. South Asians have served in the U.S. Armed forces since at least WWI. However, the story of South Asian American Military service is not often highlighted. This unique panel discussion will offer insights into the experiences of several South Asian Judge Advocates who are in different branches of the Armed Services and are at different stages of their respective Military Careers. Our panelists will provide insights into the practice of law as a Military Lawyer and offer reflections on contemporary Military Service as a South Asian American Attorney.


Major Neville Dastoor, U.S. Army - Active Duty Army Judge Advocate currently assigned as a Prosecutor in the Office of the Chief Prosecutor, Office of Military Commissions

Commander Sara de Groot, U.S. Navy - Active Duty Navy Judge Advocate currently assigned as the Executive Officer at Region Legal Services for the Naval District of Washington

Captain Balaji Narain, U.S. Air Force- Active Duty Air Force Judge Advocate currently assigned to the Office of the General Counsel in the Office of the Secretary of Defense

Captain Ashwin Shandilya, U.S. Marine Corps - Active Duty Marine Corps Judge Advocate currently assigned as a defense counsel at Camp Pendleton, CA

Lieutenant Colonel Babu Kazza, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve - Reserve Component Marine Judge Advocate currently assigned as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for the 4TH Marine Logistics Group in New Orleans, LA

Moderator: Manal Cheema, Law Clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and a 2019 SABA-DC Public Interest Fellow

When: March 15, 2021, 6:00 pm/1800hrs EST

Where: Zoom (link to be emailed to registrants)


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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