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Congratulations to two of our longtime board members, Gopi Panchapakesan and Dhruv Sharma, for their recent professional accomplishments.  Gopi Panchapakesan was just elevated to Principal at Bird Marella, effective January 1, 2020.  Gopi is a Harvard Law graduate, the incoming Co-President for SABA-SC, a Fellow of NAPABA’s Leadership Advancement Program, and was selected to the Southern California Rising Stars List ...
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Neil Desai grew up in the Northridge/Porter Ranch suburb of LA.  After college, Neil moved around to live in different cities such as Boston, D.C., and San Francisco.  He is back in LA and currently an associate with Wilson Sonsini, where he practices intellectual property litigation with an emphasis on technology-based patent litigation.  Prior to law school, Neil worked as an ...
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Applications are now open for the 2020 MTO Fellows Program. This program is an important initiative designed to encourage, promote and support a community of individuals who contribute to the diversity of the legal profession. The program is intended for individuals seeking to start law school in fall 2021 (college juniors or seniors as of spring 2020, or individuals who ...
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The United States District Court for the Central District of California is accepting applications for or the position of Law Clerk to a U. S. Magistrate Judge Designee.  Three positions are available.  To view the announcement, please go to the District Court website HERE.  The Department of Justice is seeking to fill a variety of attorney and internship positions.  To ...
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Julie Ferguson grew up in Westlake Village, CA. She relocated to Orange County in 2011 to attend college at UC Irvine and later, Chapman University School of Law in 2015. During law school, Julie participated in the Alternative Dispute Resolution clinics, working as a certified mediator at the Riverside and Orange County Superior Courts. Following graduation in 2018, Julie briefly ...
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Two students at UCI School of Law seek participants in a survey in connection with their paper for a Problem Solving course.  The paper analyzes the unreliability of the umbrella categorization of “Asian American” within AmLaw 200 firms as a measure of diversity with respect to Asian American ethnic groups.  Existing statistics do not accurately reflect the diversity within the ...
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Save the date for SABA-SC’s annual Seva Day, or Day of Service. Join the SABA-SC Board of Directors on January 18, 2020 in a Coastal Clean Up, organized by Heal the Bay. SABA-SC volunteers will first help pick up trash along one of Los Angeles’ beautiful beaches, then have lunch together at a restaurant nearby. Stay tuned for additional details, ...
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The OCWLA Foundation is pleased to provide the Bar Stipend Award to worthy law students who will be taking the bar exam.  Offered twice a year, the award is given to the student(s) that best exemplify the mission of OCWLA, and a commitment to scholarship, community service, advancement of women or women's issues, financial need, and to Orange County.  Deadline ...
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The United States District Court for the Central District of California is accepting applications for or the position of Law Clerk to a U. S. Magistrate Judge Designee.  Three positions are available. To view the announcement, please go to the District Court website HERE. Miller Nash Graham & Dunn is seeking a full-time junior associate to join its Commercial Litigation ...
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Marize Alphonso is one of SABA-SC’s Community Engagement Directors.  Marize is an entertainment transactional attorney at the law firm of Reder & Feig, LLP.  She currently provides production legal services for scripted television shows, and has served as legal counsel for multiple independent movies. Marize graduated from UC Berkeley, with a double major in Rhetoric and English, and from UCLA ...
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