Statements of Purpose from Candidates for SABA-DC 2023 Board of Directors
Statements will be posted as they are received.
Vice President of Communications
Vice President of Gala
Vice President of Membership
Vice President of Programming
General Directors (9 positions available)
Candidate Statement of Avni J. Amin
My name is Avni Amin, and I would be honored to serve as a General Director. This would be my fourth year on the SABA-DC board. Last year, I had the privilege of co-chairing the Public Interest Committee and Women’s Committee. Through these leadership roles, I was able to facilitate several engaging events, including an event focused on South Asian Attorneys in the Arts, a panel featuring non-profit leaders, as well several successful happy hours. The year before last, I served as the Vice President of Programming. In that role, I created social media graphics, maintained the organization’s calendar, organized events with other SABA chapters, and assisted in organizing numerous panels throughout the year on wide-ranging issues, from wellness to various career panels.
In the role of General Director, I hope to continue to facilitate a wide variety of programming on issues of importance to the community. I also plan to continue my work on the Women’s Committee, with the goal of facilitating events that focus on empowering South Asian women. One idea is to bring in a career coach to discuss issues such as making partner, how to move into leadership positions, and other similar challenges. With my background and experience on the board, I know I can help to increase SABA-DC’s public profile in the local community and thereby enrich the community. With your support, I would be honored to serve another year on the board as a General Director.
Candidate Statement of Asha Bhatiani Scielzo, JD
It has been a pleasure to serve on the SABA-DC Board as a General Director and as the Chair of the Health Law Section in 2022. I have worked to advance our association’s mission by: (i) contributing my skills, experiences, and strategic vision to Board discussions; (ii) planning and executing several successful educational and networking programs for our local community and nationally; and (iii) supporting membership and mentoring efforts across the association. I am seeking to continue as a General Director for the SABA-DC 2023 Board of Directors.
My skills and experiences with membership development and retention support SABA-DC’s mission. In my current professional position, I direct American University Washington College of Law’s (AUWCL’s) Health Law and Policy Program. I implement our program’s strategic goals to serve students, alumni, and the broader community. I am also privileged to serve on the Board of Directors of the American Health Law Association (AHLA) (the nation’s largest, 501(c)(3) educational organization devoted to legal issues in the health care field with 11,000+ members) and to have been selected as AHLA’s President-Elect Designate. I believe that 2023 is a pivotal year for SABA-DC as we grapple with a “new normal”. At this important juncture for SABA-DC, my experience with engaging AUWCL stakeholders (e.g., students and alumni) and AHLA members (stemming from my work to grow and retain our membership) will be valuable for SABA-DC.
My skills and experiences with developing meaningful and engaging events and programs support SABA-DC’s mission. In my day-to-day work at AUWCL, I organize national conferences and symposia, virtual speaker series, and panel events that bring together thought leaders to consider challenging and complex issues such as health inequities, the opioid crisis, and fraud and abuse. SABA-DC is very active in offering terrific educational programming and networking opportunities. SABA members are seeking both substantive content and professional development, as well as activities that are light and fun. One of SABA’s greatest strengths is its strong sense of community and emphasis on inclusion. My experiences planning numerous events for AUWCL and AHLA with the goal of creating an inclusive community through educational and engaging programs will be valuable for SABA-DC.
My skills and experiences with mentoring and career development support SABA-DC’s mission. In transitioning to academia after 15 years of private practice, I have focused my energies on bringing health law practice to the classroom with an emphasis on practical applications. I lead the development of an innovative curriculum and robust career programming to ensure that students graduate practice-ready and connected to opportunities. I am deeply committed to mentoring law students and early career professionals to support them in finding a path for career success. I especially enjoy my role as a faculty advisor for AUWCL’s South Asian Law Students Association. My experiences with mentoring and career development at AUWCL and AHLA will be valuable for SABA-DC.
Candidate Statement of Sohil Khurana
Dear SABA-DC community,
My name is Sohil Khurana, and I am running for the position of General Director for the 2023 SABA-DC Board of Directors. I am currently a Policy Advisor and Associate at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP where I focus on federal legislative and regulatory public policy matters, including developing and implementing advocacy strategies from Congressional and regulatory perspectives.
Having moved back to DC earlier this year, I have found SABA to be a welcoming and caring community. From attending a SABA-sponsored panel on lobbying and legislative careers in 2016 when I was a 1L student at Georgetown Law, to joining fireside chats and roundtables with various subject matter experts over the past few months, I have found SABA to be a wonderful opportunity for lawyers of all ages to get to know likeminded people on a social and professional basis. My goal will be to build on these efforts to implement additional opportunities for all SABA-DC members over the upcoming year.
As a General Director, I would focus on enhancing the number of opportunities hosted and/or sponsored by SABA. The last few years have demonstrated the benefits of virtual programming, particularly in broadening the scope of participants and experts involved in our events. As we emerge from the pandemic, I would plan to continue the balance of in-person and virtual programming so that SABA DC members can continue to benefit from developing personal connections that are more easily developed in-person, while also taking advantage of the benefits afforded via virtual programming. Examples of programming I would like to further develop are the mentorship program, practice or industry group happy hours and other social activities, as well as partnership opportunities with similarly situated groups in the DMV area.
Ultimately, I have been involved with these issues as they relate to advocacy for the South Asian community for several years. As Treasurer and a board member of the South Asian Law Students Association at Georgetown Law, I worked with fellow board members to organize several opportunities to build a sense of unity, further develop our mentorship program, and involve our organization with the broader local South Asian community. As a board member and mentor for 1L students, I was keenly aware of the uncertainty that is inherent in joining one of the least diverse professions in the country. Further, as someone who made a recent career shift from a different practice area at Latham & Watkins in New York to my current firm, I understand the challenges for attorneys who are new to the DMV area and are looking to get more involved with established organizations, like SABA.
Given these experiences and ideas, I believe that I can contribute to the benefits that SABA provides to the broader South Asian community in the DMV area. My goal will always be to gather member feedback to ensure that we are providing the best possible opportunities in an inclusive and effective manner.
Thank you for your time and consideration.