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South Asian American Pioneers in the Public Sector

  • Wednesday, October 16, 2013
  • Arent Fox LLP, 1717 K St NW, Washington, DC 20036
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  • Paid members may attend this event without additional charge.
  • Non-members may attend this event for a fee of $20.
  • Non-members who are government or public interest employees may attend this event for a fee of $10.


On Wednesday, October 16, SABA-DC invites you to join us as we celebrate the successes of two South Asian American pioneers in the public sector: D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Sri Srinivasan and Neera Tanden, President of the Center for American Progress. Former SABA-DC President Dharmesh Vashee will facilitate a discussion with Judge Srinivasan and Ms. Tanden about their paths through the public sector, the philosophies that inspired their successes, and the pitfalls they avoided along the way. Judge Srinivasan and Ms. Tanden will take questions from the audience following the discussion.

Hosted by the Arent Fox Diversity Initiative, a reception of hors d'oeuvres, beer, wine and refreshments will precede the discussion.

The event is open to the public and all attendees must register at through the SABA-DC site at  The cost of admission to the event is complimentary for SABA-DC Members, $10 for Non-Members who are government and public interest employees and $20 for other Non-Members. 


More information about becoming a member of SABA-DC can be found at
Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm :: Reception
         7:00 pm - 9:00 pm :: Discussion and Q&A

Venue: Arent Fox LLP, 1717 K St NW, Washington, DC 20036.
Cost: Free for SABA-DC Members, $10 for Government and Public Interest Non-Members, and $20 for Non-Members
SABA-DC is grateful for the support of Arent Fox LLP and its Diversity Initiative.

Judge Sri Srinivasan was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals in May 2013. He graduated from Stanford University and Stanford Law School and Stanford Graduate School of Business. Following graduation, he served as a law clerk to Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the U.S. Solicitor General, and as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. In 1998, he joined the law firm O’Melveny & Myers. From 2002 to 2007, he served as an Assistant to the Solicitor General. In 2007 he returned to O’Melveny & Myers as a partner, later becoming chair of the firm's appellate and Supreme Court practice. From 2011 until his appointment to the U.S. Court of Appeals, Judge Srinivasan served as the Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States. He has taught appellate advocacy at Harvard Law School.

Neera Tanden is the President of the Center for American Progress and Counselor to the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Ms. Tanden has served in both the Obama and Clinton administrations, as well as presidential campaigns and think tanks. She previously served as senior advisor for health reform at the Department of Health and Human Services, advising Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and working on President Barack Obama’s health reform team in the White House to pass the bill. In that role, she developed policies around reform and worked with Congress on particular provisions of the legislation. Prior to that, Ms. Tanden was the director of domestic policy for the Obama-Biden presidential campaign, where she managed all domestic policy proposals. Ms. Tanden had also served as policy director for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign where she directed all policy work, ranging from domestic policy to the economy to foreign affairs, and managed day-to-day policy announcements. She received her bachelor of science from UCLA and her law degree from Yale Law School.


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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