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April 2, 2017 Newsletter

MARCH, 2017


  • SABA-SC News & Updates
    • 2017 SABA Southern California Public Interest Dinner and Installation
    • Announcing your 2017-2018 SABA-SC Board of Directors
    • Announcing your 2017-2018 SABA-SC Public Interest Foundation ("PIF") Board of Directors
    • SABA-SC Amicus Brief Participation
    • Meet your SABA-SC Social Justice Chairs
  • Calendar
    • Upcoming SABA-SC Events
    • Upcoming Sister Bar Dates
    • Upcoming Community Events
    • Volunteer Opportunities
  • SABA North America News and Updates
    • SABA Convention Details
    • Honorable Amul Thapar Nominated to 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
    • 2017 Foundation Grants
    • Vanita Gupta selected as new President and CEO of Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • Other News & Updates
    • NAPABA Convention Details
  • SABA-SC Membership Renewal

SABA-SC News & Updates

2017 SABA South California Public Interest Dinner & Installation

SABA-SC and the Public Interest Foundation Recognize the Chief Justice of California Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Bhupinder Kaur Malik, and Kalpana Srinivasan at 14th Annual Public Interest Dinner and Installation

LOS ANGELES - On Thursday, March 16, 2017, the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California ("SABA-SC") and the Public Interest Foundation ("Foundation") held their 14th Annual Public Interest Dinner and Installation. The sold-out event was attended by local dignitaries and more than thirty-five members of the judiciary, including judges from the California Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the California Court of Appeal, United States District Court for the Central District of California, the United States Bankruptcy Court, and California Superior Courts.

SABA-SC past-president, the Honorable Rupa Goswami, presented the Judicial Appreciation Award to the 28th Chief Justice of California, Tani Cantil-Sakauye. The Chief Justice praised SABA-SC and the Foundation for their commitment to the community and encouraged all members of the legal profession to "pay it forward." To date, the Public Interest Dinner has raised more than $275,000 for grants to organizations and law students dedicated to serving the public interest and supporting the South Asian American community.

This year's Public Interest Award was presented to community advocate, Bhupinder Kaur Malik, the Western Regional Director for the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund. Kalpana Srinivasan, a Partner and prominent litigator at Susman Godfrey L.L.P., a preeminent litigation boutique, received the Trailblazer Award. The Trailblazer Award was presented by special guest the Honorable Raymond Fisher of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

The Public Interest Dinner is SABA-SC and the Foundation's signature event to promote their mission of uniting and developing the South Asian community. This year's dinner had generous support from law firm and individual sponsors, local bar associations and attorneys from both the public and private sectors. The evening concluded with the administration of the oath of the office by the Honorable Elwood Lui of the California Court of Appeal to the incoming 2017-2018 Board of Directors of SABA-SC and the Foundation. SABA-SC and the Foundation are grateful to all who attended and look forward to another productive year.

SABA Southern California and Public Interest Foundation

2017-2018 Board of Directors


Executive Board


Harsh P. Parikh, Crowell & Moring LLP


Ashe Puri, Fox Rothschild LLP


Purvi Patel, Morrison Foerster LLP


Janani Rana, Minyard Morris


Priya Sopori, Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP

Board of Directors

Membership Co-Chair

Aditi Fruitwala, CA DOJ - Office of the Attorney General

Membership Co-Chair

Shuchee Shah, USC Law

Membership, OC Co-Chair

Akhil Sheth, Crowell & Moring LLP

Membership, OC Co-Chair

Gagan Grover Vaideeswaran, Carlson & Jayakumar LLP

Publicity Co-Chair

Ankush Israni, Peer Street, Inc.

Publicity Co-Chair

Shafiqa Kureshi, Chugh LLP

Events Co-Chair

Puneet Toor, Bedford Law Group

Events Co-Chair

Sapna Singh,Red Bull North America

Events Co-Chair

Shilpa Coorg,Winston & Strawn LLP

Community Liason

Marize Alphonso, Reder & Feig LLP

Community Liason

Nausheen Shaikh, Paul Hastings LLP

Mentorship Co-Chair

Moorari Shah, Buckley Sandler LLP

Mentorship Co-Chair

Nuzayra Haque, D|R Welch Attorneys

Social Justice Co-Chair

Sameera Sani, Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez LLP

Social Justice Co-Chair

Vandana Kapur, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Judicial Evaluations Co-Chair

Madhu Pocha, O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Judicial Evaluations Co-Chair

Vib Mittal, United States Attorney's Office

Student Rep

Dhara Waghela, 2L at UCLA Law School

Student Rep

Labdhi Sheth, 1L at Loyola Law School


Mehtab Sandhu, San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office


Ankit Bhakta, Varner & Brandt, LLP


Poonam Kumar, Office of the United States Attorneys

Grants Chair

Saurish Appleby-Bhattacharjee, Office of the United States Attorneys

Sponsorship & Development

Jeffrey Hammer, Caldwell, Leslie & Proctor

Clinics Chair

Pinky Ghuman, California Department of Fair Employment and Housing

Publicity Chair

Ritesh Srivastava, United States Department of Justice


Puneet K. Sandhu, Young Zinn & Bate, LLP


Matt O' Brien, Office of Untied States Attorneys


Henna Pithia, United States Citizenship and Immigration Office

SABA-SC Representative

Ashe Puri, Fox Rothschild, LLP

Amicus Brief Participation

SABA-SC has signed on to NAPABA's amicus brief to be filed in the Ninth Circuit in Hawaii v. Trump. This case challenges the validity of the updated executive order regarding the now 6-country travel ban, which is currently not in effect due to a temporary restraining order. Although not filed, a similar case moving before the Fourth Circuit based on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland's similar ruling is likely to move forward. As such, SABA-SC will likely support the same substantive briefs before the Fourth and the Ninth Circuits.

Earlier this month, SABA-SC signed on in support of the amicus brief in Maslenjak v. US. Here, the issue to be argued before the US Supreme Court on April 26, 2017 will be whether the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit erred in holding that a naturalized American citizen can be stripped of her citizenship in a criminal proceeding based on an immaterial false statement.

Meet your SABA-SC Social Justice Chairs

We have a new position on SABA-SC's Board of Directors: Social Justice Chairs.

This new role will permit our bar association to be an active voice for the South Asian community and enhance SABA's ability to promote diversity within our profession and the bench. Among other things, the Social Justice Chairs will provide our members with attorney volunteering opportunities, seek out amicus participation and support SABA court intern recruiting and selection process.

This year's Social Justice Chairs are Vandana Kapur and Sameera Sani. Check out their profiles here.

Check out the many volunteering opportunities set forth below and feel free to contact them for more information about anything you see.

Sameera Sani:

Vandana Kapur:


Upcoming SABA-SC Events

We are working on an EXCITING calendar for the 2017-2018 year. Below are some of the fun plans in store through the end of 2017. Please check out our upcoming newsletters for further details.

June SABA-SC Membership Mixer // Downtown Los Angeles

July Norwalk Court Visit with SAHARA and SABA-SC

August SABA-SC Sister Bar Mixer
American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) and SABA jointly-sponsored panel on future of health care

September Mentor of the Year Award Ceremony & Cocktail Reception

October/November SABA-SC Holiday Mixer

Upcoming Sister Bar Events

Below is a list of the dates of upcoming installation dinners of our sister bar associations:

April 6 KABA Installation Dinner

April 13 TABA Installation Dinner

April 19 OCAABA Installation Dinner

April 28 SCCLA Installation Dinner

May 4 PABA Installation Dinner

May 19 APAWLA Installation Dinner

Important Community Dates & Events

Sunday, April 2 Final day to submit LAIPLA Diversity Fellowship Application!

This year, the Diversity Fellowship is graciously sponsored by

Morrison Foerster LLP and will be hosted by Hyperloop One in Los Angeles. The selected recipient of the Diversity Fellowship will

receive a stipend of $5,000.

Friday, April 7 LACBA Legislative Meeting re State Court Funding

11:00 - 11:30 a.m. // Asm. Richard Bloom (50th District)

2800 28th Street, Suite 105, Santa Monica CA 90405

Saturday, May 6 ArtWallah 2.0 ( // Downtown LA

Monday, June 19 Public Law Center (Orange County) Annual Dinner

Hotel Irvine // Information available here

Volunteer Opportunities

If you're looking to get involved with your community or provide pro bono assistance, the following is a list of opportunities that might be of interest to you. If you know of an opportunity not listed below, please contact our Social Justice chairs, their contact information is set forth above.

South Asian Network is looking for immigration attorneys or individuals who are BIA accredited to provide legal advice on at citizenship clinics on Saturday, April 8; Saturday, April 15; and Saturday, April 22. To volunteer, please contact Tami Shaikh at

Tuesday, April 11 APABA Monthly Community Legal Clinic

Attorneys and law students are needed to volunteer at APABA's

monthly legal clinic, which is held on the second Tuesday of each

month (6:00 to 8:00 pm). Volunteers will be matched with a clinic

participant and help with intake and provide information in response to myriad legal issues in the areas of family law, estate planning,

criminal law, civil matters, labor and employment, government

benefits, and immigration. To volunteer, please register here.

Friday, April 21 Lawyers in the Library // LA Law Library // 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Volunteer attorneys provide free 20-minute consultations with

people who have legal problems to discuss.All practice areas needed. Clinics are held monthly. Visit here for more information.

Wed., April 26 4th Annual Legal Night at Chaffey College in Rancho Cucamonga

Volunteer attorneys provide free legal consultations and the event

is also a fundraiser for an underprivileged school in Uganda. A

video regarding last year's event can be found here. Last year, 42

attorneys provided legal advice to 212 clients. For information and to sign up to volunteer, please contact Professor Abel Chen

at Event is 6pm-10pm at Chaffey College.

Saturday, June 24 SAN Citizenship Clinic // Norwalk Library

Advancing Justice LA holds monthly citizenship workshops at its office in downtown Los Angeles: 1145 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90017. Lawyers from all practice areas are needed. More information can be found here. Advancing Justice also has a host of other volunteer opportunities. Please visit the link for more details.

Public Counsel is always looking for law student and lawyer volunteers. Visit their volunteer page to learn how you can get involved. Public Counsel maintains a list of cases that need more advanced assistance here and lawyers can sign up for their monthly "Top 10 List" to receive monthly updates of the most urgent cases.

National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) is looking for volunteers for their Deportation Defense Clinics. Clinics are held on the first Saturday of every month. The next clinics are:

  • Saturday, April 1 (10am-1pm) at the Pilipino Worker's Center, 153 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
  • Saturday, May 6 (10am-1pm) at Cal State LA, 5151 State University Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90032

Please email Sonia Gutierrez ( as soon as possible if you are available to volunteer for one or both of these clinics. Future dates are June 3, July 1, August 5, September 2, October 7, November 4, and December 2. Sign up here for future dates.

South Asian Network is actively looking for pro bono attorneys in all practice areas, but specifically healthcare and policy work. Please contact Manjusha Kulkarni ( for more information.

For Orange County opportunities -- Public Law Center maintains an online list of ongoing pro bono opportunities here. For questions, contact Leigh Ferrin at PLC.

SABA North America News & Updates

SABA North America Convention:

Registration Now Open!

SABA North America is Making Monumental Strides in Washington, D.C. and bringing even more lawyers to the Capitol City!

Join SABA July 13-16, 2017 at the Marriott Marquis for their annual celebration of the South Asian Bar.

Early Bird registration is available until May 1, so be sure to take advantage of the discounted rates. For more information, go to

Judge Amul Thapar Nominated to 6th Circuit Court of Appeals

"Judge Thapar is a respected and thoughtful jurist who has long served as role model for the South Asian and greater legal community," said Vichal Kumar, President of SABA. "Despite being among the youngest judges in the federal judiciary, Judge Thapar quickly established a reputation as a top legal scholar among his peers. His nomination furthers SABA's mission of ensuring a judiciary that reflects the diversity of our country and we anticipate that his eminent qualifications will earn him a swift confirmation." You can find SABA's full statement here.

SABA-SC congratulates Judge Thapar on his nomination, which is a ringing endorsement of the exceptional work that he has accomplished.

2017 SABA North America Foundation Grants



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