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SABA-SC Celebrates Mentorship

On October 30, SABA-SC hosted its annual Mentorship Reception to celebrate mentorship and citizenship in the South Asian community. Magistrate Judge Shashi Kewalramani received SABA-SC’s Mentor of the Year Award, and scholarships were awarded to two South Asian law students. The event also marked the start of our annual mentorship program where mentors and mentees had an opportunity to meet and mingle.

Thank you to our host, sponsors, and guests for their support!

On November 13, SABA-SC, along with the Asian Pacific American Bar Association and the Muslim Bar Association of Southern California celebrated Justice Halim Dhanidina’s confirmation to the California Court of Appeal. The reception was hosted by the Office of the City Attorney of Los Angeles at City Hall. Judge Upinder Kalra introduced Justice Dhanidina, followed by an inspiring speech from Justice Dhanidina. Congratulations to Justice Dhanidina!

SABA-SC Supports Joshua Groban’s Nomination to the California Supreme Court

SABA-SC commends Governor Jerry Brown for nominating Joshua Groban to the California Supreme Court. During his many years of service as Gov. Brown’s Senior Advisor to Judicial Appointments, Mr. Groban demonstrated an understanding of and affinity for the many different communities that make up California and supported the Governor’s commitment to have the judiciary reflect that diversity. During his tenure, Mr. Groban stewarded the investitures of the first South Asian woman judge in the state, the first Zoroastrian jurist, and most recently, the first Muslim-American appellate justice in the nation.

SABA-SC is proud to support Mr. Groban’s nomination, and has issued a press release in support.

Meet Our Board

Shuchee Shah is an associate at Theodora Oringher, PC, and represents healthcare providers in corporate transactions. Shuchee has served on SABA-SC’s Board for the past five years, including in her current role as Community Engagement Director (and previously as Law Student Director and Membership Director). She enjoys SABA-SC’s annual Mentorship Reception and is a strong supporter of its mentorship program. Shuchee is a firm believer that one should keep their eyes on the stars, but their feet on the ground.

Ritesh Srivastava is a Senior Director of the Legal and Compliance Division at Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, where he heads internal investigations and advises the commercial sales team on FDA regulations, anti-corruption laws, and pharmaceutical compliance requirements. Ritesh is SABA-SC’s Community Engagement Director where he assists with community outreach and programs. Ritesh previously served as a federal prosecutor with the Health Care Fraud Section of the United States Department of Justice. He also served in the United States Navy JAG Corps and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Ritesh lives by the words: “The credit belongs to the man or woman in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood...who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”

Upcoming Events

November 27

State of SABA Webinar

5 PM – 6 PM

Join SABA North America’s President, Sundeep Sandhu, for SABA NA’s inaugural State of SABA Webinar. Stay tuned for more details on SABA NA’s website.

November 28

Pathways to Career Advancement for Diverse Attorneys (MCLE)

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Program

7:00 PM Reception

JAMS, 555 W. 5th St., 32nd Floor, DTLA

Join Justice Carlos Moreno (Ret.), Judge Jay Gandhi (Ret.), and Judge Diane Wayne (Ret.) for a panel discussion about the opportunities and challenges for diverse attorneys in today’s legal market. For more information about this event, please visit here.

December 6

APA Community Holiday Toy Drive

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Japanese American National Museum, DTLA

SABA-SC is looking for volunteers to help with the Annual APA Community Holiday Toy Drive. This year, the Holiday Toy Drive will be held at the Japanese American National Museum. Please bring an unwrapped new toy (valued at $25+), or donate at least $25 at the door. The event will include live entertainment, and an open bar, food, and dessert.

To volunteer, please contact Marize Alphonso at, and for more information, please visit

December 15

SABA-SC Day of Service

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Operation Gratitude, 21100 Lassen Street, Chatsworth, CA 91311

In the spirit of the holidays, SABA-SC will be helping to pack care packages for our troops, first responders, veterans and military families at Operation Gratitude’s warehouse. To volunteer, please contact Marize Alphonso at or visit the Assembly Day webpage to learn more. Volunteers will need to complete a waiver form (available here). Volunteers must be 12 years or older. We hope you can join us!

Job Announcements

Hooper Lundy & Bookman PC is seeking a litigation associate (emphasis on healthcare litigation) with 2-5 years’ experience to join its San Francisco, Los Angeles, or San Diego office. For more information, please visit here.

Nixon Peabody is seeking a mid-level corporate associate to join its Los Angeles office. For more information, please visit here.

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