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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 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, May 03, 2021 7:45 PM | SABA DC Communications (Administrator)

    COVID-19, Courts, and Access to Justice

    Please help with an important national study on the impact of COVID-19 on the judicial system. The COVID-19 pandemic required federal and state courts to quickly change their operations and procedures. Researchers at the University of Illinois and the National Center for State Courts are conducting a national survey to determine which changes worked well-and should be kept-and which didn't, and how changes impacted individual cases and access to justice. The results of the study will help identify necessary reforms and plan for future emergencies.

    Please answer a 15-minute survey to report on your own experiences with the courts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please also forward the survey to associates and (where appropriate) to clients.

    Access survey at this link:

    Questions about the study? Contact Professor Robin Fretwell Wilson ( or Professor Jason Mazzone ( Thank you in advance.
  • Monday, May 03, 2021 7:43 PM | SABA DC Communications (Administrator)

    Vanita Gupta

    The U.S. Senate confirmed Vanita Gupta as associate attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Wednesday. With her confirmation, Gupta will be the first woman of color to be associate attorney general, the No. 3 position at the DOJ.

    Gupta is an experienced leader and litigator who has devoted her entire career to civil rights work. Most recently, from October 15, 2014, to January 20, 2017, she served as Acting Assistant Attorney General and Head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. Prior to joining the Justice Department, Gupta served as Deputy Legal Director and the Director of the Center for Justice at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). At the ACLU, she secured a landmark settlement on behalf of immigrant children from around the world detained in a privately-run prison in Texas that ultimately led to the end of “family detention” at the facility. In addition, Gupta created and led the organization’s Smart Justice Campaign aimed at ending mass incarceration while keeping communities safe. 

    Gupta began her legal career as an attorney at the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, where she successfully led the effort to overturn the wrongful drug convictions of 38 individuals in Tulia, Texas, who were ultimately pardoned by Governor Rick Perry. She then helped negotiate a $6 million settlement on behalf of her clients. She also consulted with European civil society organizations working to advance the rights of the Roma. 

    Gupta graduated magna cum laude from Yale University and received her law degree from New York University School of Law, where she later taught a civil rights litigation clinic for several years.

    SABA-DC congratulates Gupta on her historic confirmation. 

    Zain Jinnah

    Zain Jinnah recently joined Hyundai Motor Group’s Urban Air Mobility Division as Counsel, where he supports the development of electric-powered flying vehicles for urban transportation. Mr. Jinnah provides legal advice in all areas of the company’s needs, including commercial contracts, partnerships, intellectual property, employment, corporate governance, and trade controls.

    Prior to joining Hyundai, Mr. Jinnah served as an Associate at White & Case, where he represented multinational corporations and sovereign governments in complex international law disputes before United States courts, foreign courts, and international tribunals. His major clients included the Republic of Bulgaria, the Republic of Uzbekistan, and the Russian Federation. Mr. Jinnah has experience working on disputes ranging in value from tens and hundreds of millions of dollars to $50 billion - and encompassing a variety of sectors including oil and gas, renewable power, mining, textiles, and tourism.

    Mr. Jinnah also had an extensive pro bono practice that included advising on topics of international and comparative law in Asian and African countries. He is also a former President of the Capital Area Muslim Bar Association.  

    Mr. Jinnah received his J.D. from the Harvard Law School, his M.P.P. from The University of Oxford, and his B.A., with distinction, in International Relations and Political Science from The University of Calgary.

    SABA-DC congratulates Mr. Jinnah on his recent career move.

    Suchismita Pahi

    Suchismita (Suchi) Pahi was recently promoted to Acting Chief Privacy Officer at Rally Health, Inc., a non-integrated subsidiary of Optum/UnitedHealth Group (UHG). She advises the business on global strategy informed by the privacy and cybersecurity landscape, manages a team of privacy attorneys, and continues to work with Rally's various non-legal teams on regulatory compliance (health and non-health), product and feature development, and commercial agreements.

    Prior to joining Rally, Ms. Pahi worked in private practice, advising clients in data privacy, healthcare regulatory response, cybersecurity compliance and incident response, domestic and international data protection, privacy by design, and technology implementation.

    SABA-DC congratulates Ms. Pahi on her recent promotion.

  • Monday, April 26, 2021 10:59 PM | SABA DC Communications (Administrator)

    2021 Veterans Legal Assistance Conference & Training

    Participate in this 2-day Conference from the comfort and safety of your home or office with the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland and other sponsors. The 2021 Veterans Legal Assistance Conference & Training: Packing your Legal Rucksack to Serve Veteran Clients is happening virtually on Thursday & Friday, June 3 &4! Designed for lawyers, law students, veterans, policymakers and other service professionals, this annual conference provides a forum for discussion of critical legal issues facing our veterans. It features substantive panels on hot topics in veterans law and also offers training to volunteer lawyers who commit to provide pro bono assistance to veterans in need. Register here.

  • 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 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

  • 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


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