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April 17, 2017 Newsletter

April 17, 2017
In this newsletter...
  • Upcoming Events
  • MCLE Theater Night - Wednesday, May 3
  • Artwallah - Saturday, May 6
  • SABA-SC and PIF Meet and Greet - Thursday, May 18
  • Weekly List of Volunteer Opportunities
  • SABA North America News & Update
  • SABA Annual Convention (Washington D.C., July 13-16, 2017)
  • SABA Foundation Grants
  • Award Nomination
  • Other News & Updates
  • SABA-SC Membership Renewal
  • Calendar
Upcoming Events
MCLE Theater Night
Wednesday, May 3

Please join us for a special MCLE theater event featuring the Pasadena Playhouse's The Originalist.

When a bright, liberal law school graduate embarks on a nerve-wracking clerkship with Justice Antonin Scalia, she discovers him to be both an infuriating sparring partner and an unexpected mentor. As the country waits for Scalia's seat to be filled, The Originalist looks into the complexities of one of the most polarizing Supreme Court Justices of all time. This powerful work portrays the passionate people risking heart and soul to defend their interpretation of the truth, and the Constitution.

Join us for an informal reception of light desserts and drinks before the show. Immediately following the play, Michelle K. Sugihara, Executive Director of Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE), will lead a short CLE discussion. 0.5 hours of MCLE credit will be provided.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

7:15 p.m. - Reception

8:00 p.m. - Play

9:30 p.m. - CLE Discussion

Pasadena Playhouse

39 S. El Molino Ave

Pasadena, CA 91101

35% Discounted tickets will be available to SABA-SC members: Please use "APABA" as the promo code field just below "About Us" at this link: http://my.
ArtWallah 2.0
Saturday, May 6
Message from the Artwallah Steering Committee:
We have an outstanding lineup of artists as well as activists to share their talent and work with us! Tickets can be purchased through

ArtWallah is back! After a ten-year hiatus, ArtWallah: Resistance, Resilience and Resonance will take place in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, May 6. The original ArtWallah festivals promoted the experience of the South Asian diaspora through art and dialogue.

Fast forward 10 years, and we find the spirit of ArtWallah to still be...


We are resisting the politics that divide us internally and from each other. We speak out against policies that oppress minority groups, combat hate and ignorance toward Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, and other faiths, are on the front lines protecting and advocating for the rights of each other, immigrants, other PoC, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and anyone else who faces marginalization in our current political climate.


There is an inward and outward story of resilience so many of us carry. We fight against internalized patriarchy, classism, and racism, but also find joy and freedom of expression in the culture and traditions of our ancestors and of our past. We are celebrating our resilience as individuals and as a community.

...Finding Resonance

We look for commonalities between and with each other, and we don't find our differences to be a threat. Through our artistic expression and/or professional work, we are building relationships and are uplifting each other. Part of our commitment to each other as part of a larger South Asian community is to validate each others' experiences as legitimate and worthy of sharing, and find ways to help each other succeed in our personal and professional realms.

SABA-SC is proud to support this special event!

Spring Meet and Greet Mixer with SABA-SC and PIF Boards
Thursday, May 18 (RSVP by May 12)

The SABA-SC and SABA-SC Public Interest Foundation board members would like to invite 2017-2018 members to join usfor cocktails at a Spring Meet and Greet Mixer on Thursday, May 18 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm at Nick & Stef's DTLA. 2017-2018 SABA-SCmembers will receive complimentary drink ticket(s). If you have not yet done so, please click here to sign up or renew your membership online!
Come out and meet our new board members for 2017-2018! We look forward to seeing you!

Thursday, May 18, 2017 6pm -9pm
Nick & Stef's Steakhouse - Point of Patio
330 S Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90071

RSVP by Friday, May 12, 2017.


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, Vandana Kapur and Sameera Sani at and

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

Volunteer attorneys holdfree 20-minute consultations with people who need assistance with legal issues or problems to discuss. All practice areas needed. Clinics are held monthly. Visit here for more information.

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

SAN Citizenship Clinic will be taking place in Norwalk Library on Saturday, June 24).

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

AAJ Citizenship Clinic: 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: 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.

AAAJ-OC: Asian Americans Advancing Justice Orange County (AAAJ-OC) is looking for immigration attorneys who'd be interested in volunteering and helping coordinate future pro bono immigration clinics in Orange County.

If interested, please provide your name and contact information to Caroline Hahn at or Sylvia Kim at

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 clinic is:

Saturday, May 6 (10am-1pm)

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.

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
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

2017 SABA North America Foundation Grants

The SABA North America Foundation is accepting applications for its 2017 Grants!

The Foundation develops and funds public interest projects that benefit the South Asian community in the following areas: domestic violence; immigration rights; hate crimes, discrimination and racial profiling; and community access to justice.

Last year's grantees included Apna Ghar, Inc. (Our Home), Daya Houston, Indo-American Center, and South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario. These organizations used Foundation grants to expand legal advocacy services that help immigrant clients understand their rights and legal remedies, provide legal assistance for victims of domestic violence and further the work of research and study on the incidence of forced marriage.

To apply for this year's grants, complete the Foundation's online application by April 24, 2017.

SABA North America Awards

The South Asian Bar Association of North America has a proud tradition of honoring its members and supporters for their remarkable achievements and promotion of diversity in the practice of law at the Annual Convention. We are soliciting nominations for these prestigious awards and hope that you'll take advantage of this opportunity to nominate your friend, colleague or an organization that you admire to be honored. Please click the button below to download the nomination form. You may make multiple nominations. You may nominate yourself. Nominations are due by May 1, 2017.

Please email with questions.

Other News & Updates
Save the date! 2017 NAPABA Convention
What: An annual gathering of Asian Pacific American attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students. NAPABA represents the interests of over 50,000 attorneys and over 75 state and local Asian Pacific American bar associations. SABA-SC is an affiliate of NAPABA.

When: November 2, 2017 to November 5, 2017

Where: Marriott Marquis DC, 901 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington D.C.

For more information, visit

Federal Magistrate Judges Association
The Federal Magistrate Judges Association (FMJA) Diversity Committee writes to advise that the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California likely will have two openings for Magistrate Judges in Los Angeles in September 2017) and Santa Ana (in April 2018).
If you have questions contact: or by calling 209.372.0438.

Do you need to renew your

SABA-SC membership?

Your membership sustains SABA-SC and helps drive our growth.
SABA-SC strives to promote the professional development of South Asian lawyers and law students, educate the community about relevant legal issues, expand and enhance business and professional opportunities for South Asians, increase the participation of South Asians in civic affairs and government, facilitate the exchange of ideas and information, and foster goodwill, fellowship and unity among the community. Membership is open to all those who share our important goals.
Your 2016-2017 Membership Expired March31, 2017. We are now in the process of registration and renewals for 2017-2018. As a member you may take advantage of free or discounted admission to SABA-SC events, including mixers, our annual public interest dinner, banquets, film screenings, panel discussions, and much more.
Thank you, your continued support is crucial to our work.

April 19 OCAABA Installation Dinner

May 3 SABA-SC/APABA MCLE Theater Night

May 4 PABA Installation Dinner

May 6 ArtWallah 2.0

May 12 SCCLA Installation Dinner

May 18 SABA-SC/SABA-SC PILF Meet and Greet Mixer

May 19 APAWLA Installation Dinner

July 13-16 SABA Convention (Washington D.C.)

Nov. 2-7 NAPABA Convention (Washington D.C.)

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