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SABA-SC December 2011 Newsletter

A Message From SABA-SC
Public Interest Foundation

Happy Holidays from the SABA-SC Public Interest Foundation!

With the new year around the corner, we are excited about what the Foundation has planned! The Foundation recently started a legal clinic connecting attorneys to members of the South Asian-American community who need such services. As a result of the Foundation’s September clinic focusing on citizenship, the South Asian Network has received inquiries for additional assistance

Accordingly, the Foundation plans to host another citizenship seminar in the coming months. Additionally, the Foundation will be hosting clinics focusing on worker’s rights and immigration. Please express your interest by contacting any Foundation Board member or the Clinic Chair, Sana Muttalib,

Further, the Foundation is also proud to announce its 2012 Award Recipients in this newsletter. These distinguished individuals will be honored at the Foundation’s Ninth Annual Banquet, which will be held in March 2012 at a location to be announced. The Annual Banquet is the Foundation’s primary source of fundraising, supporting the Foundation’s operations to provide grants to local community organizations and to law students furthering the public interest. Additionally, the Annual Banquet has served as the South Asian-American bar’s forum to honor leaders in our procession. We hope to see you there!


Puneet Kakkar & Sapna Jain

Co-Presidents, SABA-SC Public Interest Foundation

SABA-SC Public Interest Foundation is Proud to Announceits 2012 Award Recipients

Each year, the SABA-SC Public Interest Foundation honors distinguished leaders in the legal profession who have made notable imprints in the South Asian-American legal community and community at large. This year, the Foundation will recognize:

  • The Honorable Peter Espinoza of the Los Angeles Superior Court with the Judicial Appreciation Award

  • Ajay Patel of Sony Network Entertainment with the Trailblazer Award; and
    Shashi Hanuman
    of Public Counsel with the Public Interest Award.

Please congratulate these individuals for their achievements and recognition. They will be honored at the Ninth Annual Banquet, which will be held in March 2012 at a location to be announced.

The South Asian Bar Association of Southern California Public Interest Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization dedicated to organizing, supporting, and promoting public interest legal activities and projects for the benefit of the South Asian community and the Southern California community at large.

Attention law students and practicing attorneys in need of mentoring or willing to provide it. Please sign up for the SABA mentorship program and join us for the mentorship mixer next month!

Follow this link to SABA’s web site where you can submit your information to serve as a mentor/mentee:

Then, join us for SABA-SC’s Mentor/Mentee mixer:

January 26, 2012
6-9 pm

The Library Bar
630 West 6th. Street,
Suite 116-A,
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 614-0053
For further information or inquiries on this event, please contact Reshma R. Tolani at or Dilveer Vahali at

SABA-SC’s Mentor/Mentee Program matches attorneys with law students and/or recent graduates to provide guidance about their career plans and goals. SABA-SC is one of only a few bar associations with a formal mentorship program, which has successfully provided input and assistance to young lawyers.

Photo from 2009 Mentorship Mixer at Tanzore

NetIP LA-OC Annual Gala – A Night of Elegance

Saturday, December 3, 2011
7:00pm until 2:00am

The Kyoto Grand Hotel
120 S. Los Angeles Street


Korean American Bar Association 2011 Holiday Party and Charity Fundraiser

December 15, 2011 – 6:00pm

Soi 7
518 W 7th Street
Downtown LA

  • Student Members: Free
  • Members: Free
  • (Recommended donation of $10)
  • Non-members: $20

All proceeds will go directly to theKABA Foundation (a 501(c)(3) organization)supporting scholarships and pro bono legal clinics.RSVP to

Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association 2012 Trial Skills Workshop Series

Three Thursday evening workshops consisting of lectures, demonstrations, and exercises to enhance specific trial skills and public speaking

  • January 12th (5:30 pm to 8:00 pm)
  • January 19th (5:30 pm to 8:00 pm)
  • January 26th (5:30 pm to 8:00 pm)
  • Saturday session of mock trials
  • January 28th (8:30 am to 4:30 pm)

Anticipated Judicial Instructors

  • Judge Ruth A. Kwan
  • Judge Lawrence Cho
  • Judge Elaine Lu
  • Referee Cynthia Loo
  • Judge John Takasugi
  • Judge Richard Lee
  • $150 General Enrollment
  • $125 Members of SCCLA or Participating Affiliates
  • $50 Law Students

To register: Contact Amy D.

Mark Your Calendars 2012 NASABA Convention

When: June 28-30, 2012

Where: Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

1201 Market St.
Philadelphia, PA 19207
United States

NASABA Discount Hotel Bookings

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