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Dear SABA-SC Members and Friends,

It’s hard to believe that it’s already summertime! SABA-SC has been busy since the new Board of Directors was sworn in at the end of March, and we’re looking forward to seeing more of you at our upcoming events. But first, a little update on what we’ve been up to since we last wrote.

This past May, we were pleased to partner with SABA North America on its “first-of-its-kind” nationwide naturalization drive. All SABA chapters were invited to participate in this worthwhile program to assist individuals in the local community to apply for citizenship. SABA-SC teamed up with the South Asian Network and SAHARA to provide information on the importance of and requirements for becoming a US citizen to the Little Bangladesh community in Los Angeles.

Speaking of SABA North America, many of us are looking forward to reconnecting with our South Asian colleagues at the Annual Conference at the end of June. We’re especially excited to attend because SABA NA will be recognizing two of Southern California’s star South Asian attorneys that SABA-SC nominated for the awards. Kalpana Srinivasan and Laboni Hoq will be receiving the Cornerstone Award and Public Interest Achievement Award, respectively. Congratulations, Kalpana and Laboni!

For those of you who aren’t able to travel to New York for SABA NA’s Annual Conference, we hope you’ll join us on July 12 for a mixer in Orange County. Executive Board member Janani Rana’s firm Minyard Morris has graciously agreed to host our mixer, and it promises to be a lovely evening catching up with old friends and making new connections. More information about the mixer, including how to RSVP, is in this month’s newsletter.

Finally, we are busy working on updates to improve our ability to deliver valuable information to you. In addition to introducing the new format for the newsletter this past March, SABA-SC and SABA-Public Interest Foundation have been hard at work on launching a new mobile-friendly SABA-SC website to serve as a resource for our membership and the community. We plan to unveil it in the coming months, so stay tuned!

We hope to see you often during the summer, and look forward to writing again with more updates in the fall.

Purvi and Ashe

Latest News

SABA-SC Hosts Naturalization Clinic

On May 19, SABA-SC partnered with SABA North America, the South Asian Network and SAHARA to discuss the path for U.S. citizenship with members of the Little Bangladesh community in Los Angeles. This clinic was part of SABA-NA’s “first-of-its-kind” nationwide naturalization drive. Special thanks to everyone who helped organize this event, including SABA-SC Board Members Marize Alphonso and Pooja Patel and our wonderful volunteers.

SABA North America Honors Southern California Stars Kalpana Srinivasan and Laboni Hoq

SABA North America will be honoring SABA-SC nominees Kalpana Srinivasan with the Cornerstone Award and Laboni Hoq with the Public Interest Achievement Award at SABA NA’s upcoming Annual Conference. Kalpana is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Susman Godfrey LLP and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Laboni is the Litigation Director at Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles and leads the organization's civil rights impact litigation. Kalpana and Laboni have both previously been recognized by SABA-SC, and we are proud of their achievements. Congratulations to Kalpana and Laboni on their well-deserved recognition!

Member Spotlight

Janani Rana

Janani Rana is a family law attorney at Minyard Morris in Newport Beach. She is a Certified Family Law Specialist, and her trial practice includes property division, business valuation, complex asset litigation, and custody. She enjoys the variety and complexity that family law offers and appreciates the significance her work has on the lives of her clients.

Janani first served on the SABA-SC PIF Board several years ago and later joined the SABA-SC Board. She currently serves as SABA-SC’s Co-President Elect, and previously as SABA-SC’s Events Co-Director and Secretary. Janani strongly recommends that newly barred South Asian attorneys become involved with SABA-SC or PIF because of the incredible connections to be made, both personal and professional. Her favorite SABA-SC event remains the annual banquet because it provides an excellent opportunity to see old friends and make new ones. Plus, the food is always excellent.

Janani and her husband Gaurang welcomed their first child this past February. In late May, Janani happily headed back to the office after completing a grueling twelve-week sleep deprivation boot camp.

Upcoming Events

June 20

South Asian Network Pro Bono Attorney Network Reception

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Knobbe Martens, 2040 Main St., Irvine

On June 20, the South Asian Network (SAN) will be hosting a reception to officially launch its Pro Bono Attorney Network. The event will be a great opportunity to learn more about SAN’s work and to network. RSVP here.

June 21

Film Screening “The Little Girls We Were...And the Women We Are”

6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Vintage Los Feliz Theatre, 1822 N Vermont Ave., Los Angeles

Peace Over Violence, in collaboration with the SABA-SC Public Interest Foundation, Heart, South Asian Network, Center for Pacific Asian Families, and the Ahimsa Collective is hosting the RAHI Foundation for a special screening of “The Little Girls We Were… And The Women We Are.” The film chronicles the lives of five Indian women from experiencing incest and child sexual abuse to recovery. The film will be followed by a community dialogue. Tickets are available for here.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the RAHI Foundation. For more information about the RAHI Foundation, please visit

June 28-July 1

SABA North America Annual Conference - New York City

SABA North America’s Annual Conference is the largest gathering of South Asian American lawyers across the country. Come strengthen your community ties and hear from many distinguished speakers.

To register, please visit

June 28-30

NASALSA 20th Annual International Conference - New York City

The Annual Conference of the North American South Asian Law Students Association (NASALSA) provides an excellent opportunity for law students to connect. This year, the conference will be taking place in New York City during SABA North America’s Annual Conference and will provide law students with a great opportunity to meet South Asian American lawyers.

To register, please visit

July 12

SABA-SC Orange County Mixer

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Minyard Morris, 1811 Quail Street, Newport Beach

Join SABA-SC for its Orange County Mixer. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be catered by Il Fornaio, courtesy of Minyard Morris. Free parking available at the firm. All attorneys, law students, and members of the bench are welcome! RSVP by July 8. If you have trouble accessing the link, please email Rohit Nath at to RSVP.

Job Announcements

Nixon Peabody is seeking to hire a Corporate Associate (location flexible) with four to six years of experience working on M&A and other business transactions for private and public companies. To learn more about this opportunity, please visit

Root & Rebound is seeking to hire a Reentry attorney in its Fresno office. The attorney will work with social workers and an employment development team to expand second chance opportunities for women of color. To learn more about this opportunity, please visit

Wilson Elser is seeking to hire a commercial litigation attorney (2-5 years’ experience) for its Los Angeles office. Interested candidates can apply online or send credentials to and put “LA Commercial Litigation Associate Attorney” in the subject line.

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