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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 sabadccommunications@gmail.com 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. 
  • Monday, April 05, 2021 7:57 PM | SABA DC Communications (Administrator)

    Building South Asian Political Power 

    Please join New York University School of Law’s South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA) for a lunch-and-learn with Neil Makhija about building South Asian political power in a climate of unprecedented repression, racism and xenophobia. The son of Indian immigrants who made Pennsylvania home, Neil brings a wealth of experience in politics, voting rights, and civic engagement.

    Neil will reflect on his experience running for office in 2016 as the Democratic nominee for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from the 122nd House District. During his candidacy, he won the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court case, In Re: Makhija (2016), which protected the rights of students and recent graduates to run for office in their home state under the Pennsylvania Constitution.

    Neil will also turn attention to his work with the Indian American IMPACT Fund, which seeks to build Indian American representation in shaping public policy from state capitols to Congress. Undergirding IMPACT’s philosophy is a belief that it is more critical than ever for South Asians to build solidarity with communities of color to wield political power. Neil will discuss recent enfranchisement efforts in the 2020 general election and Georgia run-off, candidate recruitment and training, and Indian American value-based funding.

    Tuesday, April 6 11-12pm ET  RSVP here | Zoom link 

  • Monday, April 05, 2021 7:46 PM | SABA DC Communications (Administrator)

    Justice and Mercy: The Presidential Pardon and Clemency Process  

    Join the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia for a discussion with experts and practitioners on the pardon and clemency process, how it has worked and is working, and what could be improved as a part of criminal justice reform. There will be time for questions and answers, and we will ask our guests to let us know how we can help as citizens and lawyers.


    Professor Rachel E. Barkow, NYU Law School

    Professor Mark Osler, University of St. Thomas School of Law

    Moderator: Anita Kumar, Journalist, Politico

    When: Tuesday, April 6, 2021 12:00–1:15 pm ET

    Where: Zoom (link to be emailed to registrants)

    RSVP here

  • Monday, March 29, 2021 8:50 PM | SABA DC Communications (Administrator)

    Annual Conference Call for Awards
    Deadline Extended to April 7

    SABA North America is pleased to announce its Annual Conference Call for Awards and will begin accepting nominations. Nominations submitted in 2020 for the Pioneer, Corporate Counsel Achievement, Public Interest Achievement and Cornerstone awards will also be considered along with any new submissions. Nominators are welcome to supplement or update their 2020 submissions.

    In conjunction with its Racial Justice Task Force, SABA North America is thrilled to launch a new award this year - The Racial Justice Award, which will be given to an individual, law firm, company, or a not-for-profit organization that has implemented an innovative approach to using the law to achieve significant inclusion, racial justice and social impact.

    Read more about the awards hereSubmit a nomination form here!

    Please send any questions to Awards Chair, Sa'adiyah Masoud at awards@sabanorthamerica.com

  • Monday, March 29, 2021 8:49 PM | SABA DC Communications (Administrator)

    SABA-NC Social Justice Fireside Chat and Happy Hour featuring Shilpi Agarwal, ACLU-Northern California Legal-Policy Co-Director

    As the South Asian legal community works toward promoting racial and social justice in our community and beyond, SABA-NC invites you to join us for the first in a series of Social Justice Fireside Chats.

    Come join us as we get to know the work and career of Shilpi Agarwal of the ACLU-Northern California. Ms. Agarwal is the Legal-Policy Co-Director (litigation) at the ACLU of Northern California. Along with her co-director, Ms. Agarwal leads the legal-policy department and supervises and supports the directors of the department's six program areas: criminal justice; democracy & civic engagement; gender, sexuality & reproductive justice; immigrants’ rights; racial & economic justice; and technology & civil liberties.

    Join us for a dynamic discussion about her work and career, social justice litigation, and the ways we can get involved to help. Happy Hour to follow!

    Wednesday, March 31, 2021, 5:00 PM 6:30 PM PT

    Join Zoom Meeting 

    Meeting ID: 836 2674 3872 Passcode: SocJustice

  • Monday, March 22, 2021 8:28 PM | SABA DC Communications (Administrator)

    SABANY, SAWAN and the Asian American Bar Association of New York invite you to join on March 31, 2021 from 6:00-7:00pm ET for a session on how women can learn to define your success. Malavika Rao will moderate with participation by Bernadette Beekman, Lourdes Olvera-Marshall, Katherine Loanzon, Megha Jain and Vidya Pappachan. CLE credit pending for diversity, inclusion and elimination of bias. RSVP here.

  • Tuesday, March 16, 2021 8:25 AM | SABA DC Communications (Administrator)

    Survey of SABA North America
    Women Attorney Members

    The South Asian American Bar Association of North America put together this survey for South Asian Women Attorneys located in North America. Please fill out the survey by April 4, 2021. It is March and that means it is Women’s History Month. We are taking this opportunity to launch SABA’s Women’s Survey. There is simply not enough information collected on the experience of South Asian women attorneys. Let’s change that! It’s time we made our voices heard. The survey is here. If you have any questions, please email sabanorthamerica1@gmail.com

  • Tuesday, March 16, 2021 8:25 AM | SABA DC Communications (Administrator)

    Pro Bono Opportunity with SPLC: Legal Tools to Support Immigrants Seeking Freedom from Detention

    SABA-DC is excited to share a wonderful pro bono opportunity sponsored by the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia. This is an opportunity to assist detained asylum seekers and will allow you to explore strategic legal and advocacy tools in immigration law. Lawyers will learn how to effectively wield these tools to make an immediate and positive impact in the lives of detained immigrants who have survived significant hardship in their home countries and are seeking help in being released from detention. By the end of this program, you will be equipped to take on a pro bono case through the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) with mentorship from the American Immigration Council’s Immigration Justice Campaign (AIC IJC). Attorneys will help individuals whose “credible fear” interview was denied and prepare arguments to secure release from ICE custody. Pro bono Attorneys will not be required to form an enduring Attorney-Client relationship but can be limited to providing limited but critical legal services. Attorneys will also be able to craft legal work product that can be used (in a redacted form) as a future writing sample.

    After the training, SPLC will match interested pro bono attorneys with detained migrants to prepare discrete written submissions with the potential to meaningfully impact their cases by assisting in their efforts to be released from detention. Pro bono attorneys will assist individuals whose credible fear interviews have been denied and/or prepare requests for release, providing aid at a critical juncture for individuals who would otherwise remain languishing in detention without counsel. SPLC will provide an online toolkit with sample submissions and ongoing mentorship through their partnership with AIC IJC. This is an excellent opportunity for attorneys without an immigration law background to provide meaningful assistance to detained immigrants whose rights have been violated and contribute to immigrant justice work. RSVP here for the session on March 24, 2021.

  • Tuesday, March 16, 2021 8:25 AM | SABA DC Communications (Administrator)

    Careers & Internships in International Trade, Customs, and Export Controls Law

    Have you ever thought about being an international trade lawyer? Hear from practitioners about the many opportunities in the international trade law field and how to start your career.

    As part of CITBA’s and ASIL’s commitments to a diverse trade bar, this event is geared towards law students and recent graduates from underrepresented groups.

    Moderator: Jaelyn Edwards Judelson, Partner, Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP

    Panelists: Currita Waddy, Assistant Chief Counsel, U.S. Customs & Border Protection

    Shama Patari, Executive Director, Lenovo

    Mercedes Morno, Associate, King & Spalding

    Roop K. Bhatti, Chief of Staff, U.S. International Trade Commission

    Jini Koh, Senior Corporate Counsel, Amazon

    When: March 16, 2021, 4:00-5:00 pm EST

    Where: Zoom 

    RSVP here. This event is free and open to all.

  • Monday, March 08, 2021 9:10 PM | SABA DC Communications (Administrator)

    The Illuminate Summit is a collective examination of the structural inequalities womxn of color experience in the legal profession. Attendees will participate in activities that strengthen our commonalities and celebrate our differences while investing in ourselves and our community. Saturday March 27th from 10am-1pm PST (1pm-4pm EST).

    RSVP here 

  • Monday, March 08, 2021 9:10 PM | SABA DC Communications (Administrator)

    The South Asian Bar Association of Northern California Foundation is proud to sponsor fellowships for current law students and recent graduates. The dual purposes of the fellowships are to improve the representation of South Asian attorneys in the public interest and government sectors and to better address the unmet legal needs of the South Asian community. SABA-NC Foundation may award up to $4,000 to selected law student applicants and up to $5,000 to selected recent graduates for post-bar opportunities. The fellowship application can be found online here. Fellowships will be awarded on a rolling basis, so applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as they can confirm a position at a public interest organization or government agency.


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.

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South Asian Bar Association of Washington, D.C.

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Washington, D.C. 20035

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