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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, August 31, 2020 9:38 PM | SABA DC Communications (Administrator)

    So much is changing and remains uncertain. The Resiliency Circle allows for folks in the legal community to gather, get centered, and practice techniques to support ourselves and others around us. We will be doing weekly sessions with resiliency tools, mindfulness exercises, guided meditation, emotional intelligence, and sharing other frameworks and guidelines to help us through the course of this ever-changing year.

    Weekly sessions begin 12pm EST, and start on September 2, and continue on September 9, September 16, September 23, and September 30.

    For more information and to register, please click here.

  • Tuesday, August 04, 2020 7:16 AM | SABA DC Communications (Administrator)

    Dance with us in this family-friendly, high-intensity interval training from the studios of Doonya (NYC)! Special thanks to The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division for supporting this event.

    Registrants will receive a link the day of the event to join from home.


    When: Saturday, August 8th, 10-11am EST

    RSVP here.

  • Monday, July 27, 2020 11:10 PM | SABA DC Communications (Administrator)

    Get your dance shoes on and join us for a fun filled Bollywood dance workout on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at 6:30 pm EST, lead by Nirathi Rao from https://rhythmaya.com! You'll listen to all the greatest hits, learn some fun moves and break a sweat, all for a good cause.

    We are asking for a suggested donation of $15. All proceeds go to the Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP). A/PI DVRP is a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C. that aims to address, prevent, and end domestic violence and sex assault in A/Pi communities, while empowering survivors to rebuild ther lives after abuse. DVRP has seen a 77 % increase in hotline cases since the start of pandemic, and currently has 87 open cases with a lean staff of 6.

    DVRP is proud to collaborate with Rhythmaya, a nonprofit dance school and company, to bring you this Bollywood dance fundraiser. For more information about rhythmaya, please visit https://www.rhythmaya.com/

    We will be sending attendees the zoom link and password on the day of the event.

    For more information and to apply, please click here.

  • Monday, July 27, 2020 11:06 PM | SABA DC Communications (Administrator)

    Interested in serving in a future presidential administration?

    Join AAPI Progressive Action on Wednesday, July 29 at 7pm ET / 4pm PT for a 1 hour discussion with former high-level appointees on different presidential administration roles and navigating appointment processes.

    Speakers will share their experiences and insights from past democratic administrations. The event will also feature special greetings from former Congressman Mike Honda and former Obama Appointee Seema Nanda.

    Have questions? Submit yours below or send them to contact@aapiprogressiveaction.com. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions directly to panelists during the event.

    Opening Speaker:
    -The Honorable Mike Honda, former Member of Congress

    -The Honorable Chris Lu, former Obama Appointee, Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary; Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor
    -The Honorable Erika L. Moritsugu, former Obama Appointee, Assistant Secretary of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
    -The Honorable Jenny R. Yang, former Obama Appointee, Chair, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
    -Stacy Koo, former Obama Appointee, Special Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff for Presidential Personnel

    -Grace Choi, former Obama Appointee, White House Liaison, U.S. Department of State

    Closing Speaker:
    -Seema Nanda, former Obama Appointee, Chief of Staff, U.S. Department of Labor

    For more information and to RSVP, please click here.

  • Sunday, July 12, 2020 8:26 AM | SABA DC Communications (Administrator)

    The Celebration of Leadership Awards Dinner and Annual Meeting is the D.C. Bar’s premier event honoring the extraordinary achievements of its members, as well as officially welcoming its newly elected officers, members of the Board of Governors, and American Bar Association delegates.

    As we previously mentioned, SABA-DC will be recognized for "Voluntary Bar Association of the Year."

    To ensure everyone’s safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, the D.C. Bar is transitioning the 2020 Celebration of Leadership to a free virtual event. We are confident that this virtual format will capture the excitement of our in-person awards dinner and annual meeting, while providing members and friends alike the opportunity to celebrate a memorable year and look forward to the year ahead.

    Join the D.C. Bar leadership, the judiciary, colleagues, family, friends, and others active in the legal profession for an inspirational virtual experience that will connect you to innovative leaders and prepare you for greater engagement with the Bar community.

    For more information about the virtual Celebration of Leadership or to join the Celebration of Leadership Host Committee, email us at annualmeeting@dcbar.org.

    For more information about sponsorship opportunities click here, or contact Ben Anderson at 410-584-1951 or ben.anderson@mci-group.com.

    Prior to the virtual Celebration of Leadership, join the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center at 5:00 p.m. EST for a virtual Presidents Reception honoring incoming D.C. Bar President Geoffrey M. Klineberg and in support of free legal services for D.C. residents in need.

    Learn how you can attend the Presidents Reception and how you can support the Pro Bono Center here. The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center is supported entirely by voluntary contributions.

    For more information and to register, please click here.

  • Sunday, July 12, 2020 8:05 AM | SABA DC Communications (Administrator)

    Please join WiseUp Texas for its first Civics and Chai webinar on July 15, 2020 from 8pm-9:30pm EST. We will speak with a panel of South Asian community leaders across the U.S. about what it means to be a good ally and how our communities can understand this unique moment in history. We will highlight responses from the SA community that have been successful at building a movement and starting a much-needed dialogue within our communities. 

    Shaya Karo (Coro Northern California) will be moderating the event and she will be joined by Amina Ishaq (An-Nisa Hope Center), Maryam Ali (South Asians for Black Lives Matter), and Mahnoor Hussain (South Asian Americans Leading Together).

    For more information and to register, please click here.

  • Thursday, July 09, 2020 10:28 AM | SABA DC Communications (Administrator)

    An Open Discussion on Reasons for this Lack of Diversity and An Examination of Viable Solutions

    This program is presented by the Women’s Bar Association and the Greater Washington Area Chapter, Women Lawyers Division, National Bar Association (GWAC).

    Our esteemed panelists will share how they overcame discriminatory obstacles in the legal profession to attain their current positions. They will also discuss what actions can be taken to improve the number of Black women in leadership roles.
    According to the National Association for Law Placement, as of January 2019, women of color accounted for 3.19% of partners at major U.S. law firms, with 1.38% Asian, 0.77% Hispanic, and 0.68% African-American. In 2018, white women accounted for 23% of general counsels at Fortune 500 companies. By contrast, women of color accounted for 6% of general counsels at Fortune 500 companies, with 1.8% Asian, 1% Hispanic, and 3.2% African-American (statistics from Minority Corporate Counsel Association).

    Hon. Anita Josey-Herring, Associate Judge, DC Superior Court
    Hope Goins, Staff Director, House Committee on Homeland Security 
    Fatima Goss-Graves, President & CEO, National Women's Law Center
    Sylvia F. James, Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Winston & Strawn LLP
    Sandra Shaw, Vice President of Legal Affairs and Privacy Officer, BridgeStreet Global Hospitality (ended June 2020); prior in-house positions include Microsoft and AT&T

    Yolanda Hawkins-Bautista, WBA Past President & Associate General Counsel, Freddie Mac

    No charge to attend, but registration is required. Once you register you will receive the Zoom access information.

    When: Thursday, July 16th, 5:30pm-6:30pm EST

    For more information and to RSVP, please click here.

  • Thursday, July 09, 2020 9:59 AM | SABA DC Communications (Administrator)

    This month marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)! Following the success of our 2019 event on South Asians and the Americans with Disabilities Act, Desis for Progress (DFP) is hosting a workshop on disability justice led by Noor Pervez & Dr. Sarmistha Talukdar.

    The workshop will cover:

    • the difference between disability rights and disability justice;
    • the 10 principles of disability justice;
    • physical, cognitive, and spatial accessibility needs when planning events and conferences; and
    • how to make your organization’s programming and/or your activism more accessible.

    The $10 registration fee will go towards facilitation fees & future DFP programming. We have a limited number of scholarships available for community members who have financial restrictions. Please email us at info@desisforprogress.org and we will work to accommodate you. 

    ASL interpretation is available upon request.

    When: Thursday, July 23rd, 6:00pm-7:30pm EST

    For more information and to RSVP, please click here.

  • Thursday, June 25, 2020 9:25 AM | SABA DC Communications (Administrator)

    For Pride Month this year, Desis for Progress is featuring the Timeline of South Asian and Diasporic LGBT History. This is a community-led project that was initially crowd-sourced at the 2006 and 2013 DesiQ conferences. Aqdas Aftab will guide us through a few 'points' along the timeline, and examine the challenges in queer history and historiography.

    A link to the Zoom meeting will be sent on the afternoon of the event, to those that have registered.

    When: Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 6:30pm-8pm EST

    Where: Zoom

    For more information and to RSVP, click here.

  • Saturday, March 07, 2020 12:13 PM | SABA DC Communications (Administrator)

    APABA-DC is pleased to announce this unique opportunity for a conversation with Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii about the importance of civic engagement and her own experience on the evening of Thursday, April 2nd. Senator Hirono has been serving as a Senator from Hawaii since 2013. She has dedicated much of her professional life to public service, having served as a member of the Hawaii House of Representatives, Hawaii's lieutenant governor, and a member of the US House of Representatives for Hawaii's 2nd congressional district before being elected to the U.S. Senate. She is the first elected female senator from Hawaii, the first Asian-American woman elected to the Senate, and the first U.S. senator born in Japan. She currently is a member of the Senate Committees on the Judiciary, Energy and Natural Resources, Veterans' Affairs, among others.

    Please RSVP hereIf you have any questions, please reach out to Yifang and Lloyd at education@apaba-dc.org<mailto:education@apaba-dc.org>.

    Date: Thursday, April 2, 2020, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (fireside chat will promptly begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by reception)

    Place: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, 2001 K St NW, Washington, DC 20006


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