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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. 
  • Sunday, April 18, 2021 7:08 PM | SABA DC Communications (Administrator)

    SABA San Diego Dueling Piano Fundraiser for Stop AAPI Hate

    The South Asian Bar Association of San Diego and the Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego, along with our community partner the Japanese American Bar Association, are hosting a fundraiser to raise money for the non-profit Stop AAPI Hate, April 22, 2021 at 6:30 pm PST. Donations will go towards legislative efforts and social justice advocacy to overturn systemically racist policies and prevent hate crimes at either national, state, or local levels.  

    Love and joy trump hate every time. Join musicians Eric Blumenfeld and Jon Coyle for an unforgettable dueling piano show, performed in real-time on your nearest screen. Make sure to RSVP for your spot today! If you are unable to attend please consider making a donation through the ticket link. RSVP here.

    Fundraiser Flyer.pdf

  • Monday, April 05, 2021 7:59 PM | SABA DC Communications (Administrator)

    16th Annual LIWOCA Leadership Conference

    The Leadership Institute of Women of Color Attorneys (“LIWOCA”) is a national organization dedicated to providing a community within the practice of law for women of color attorneys through educational and networking opportunities. This year LIWOCA will be hosting its 16th annual conference virtually in a series of webinars that kicks off on April 15, 2021 and ends May 21, 2021. We are slated to have three webinars that include roundtable and panel discussions, concluding with a virtual networking event with various general counsels. More information and RSVP here.

  • Monday, April 05, 2021 7:58 PM | SABA DC Communications (Administrator)

    Fireside Chat with Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-3), the Second Ever Korean American Member of Congress

    Congressman Kim was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018 to represent the Third Congressional District of New Jersey, which encompasses parts of South Jersey. His 2018 race was the most expensive in New Jersey history. He is the first Korean American in Congress since 1992, and the first Burlington County Democrat to win re-election to Congress since the Civil War. He serves on the House Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, and Small Business Committees. The son of Korean immigrants, Congressman Kim previously worked at USAID and the State Department, as well as a counter-ISIS advisor to President Obama, and a strategic advisor to Generals Petraeus and Allen in Afghanistan.

    Join APABA-DC for a virtual fireside chat with Congressman Andy Kim (NJ-3) on Monday, April 12th from 5:00pm-6:00pm ET to discuss Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) engagement, his own path to Congress, and combatting AAPI hate. Phil Olaya, Special Counsel at the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and 2020 APABA-DC Member Appreciation Awardee, will be moderating the event.

    Please RSVP here, and you will receive a Zoom link prior to the event. Please contact apabadc.communityaffairs@gmail.com if you encounter any difficulties.

  • 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.


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.

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

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