SABA GB is a local chapter of the South Asian Bar Association of North America (SABA NA), which is the umbrella organization for local SABA groups throughout the United States and Canada.
WE SERVE as the regional voice for the concerns and opinions of South Asians in the community generally, and in the legal profession in particular
WE PROVIDE a forum for professional networking and development, legal scholarship and education, and advocacy and community involvement
WE PROMOTE the advancement of attorneys and law students of South Asian heritage
WE SUPPORT the provision of legal services to the South Asian community
WE WORK with other bar associations, governmental agencies and community groups to achieve greater involvement in and understanding of the American legal system by the South Asian community
SABA GB's Membership Committee is responsible for attracting new members, reviewing bar admission lists for new members, composing and distributing membership materials, collecting dues, maintaining a database of membership information, maintaining a referral list, and creating a membership directory on an annual basis to be distributed to all members. In addition, the Membership Committee promotes local member attendance for the SABA NA convention.
The Mentorship Committee is responsible for identifying the SALSA presidents at local law schools and developing relationships with them; running the mentorship program during the school year, including matching mentors and mentees; planning and executing the mentorship kickoff event each fall; and planning and executing one other event during the second semester of the school year for mentors and mentees. In addition, the Mentorship Committee identifies new South Asian law students each school year and provides contact information to the Membership Committee. The Mentorship Committee also identifies South Asian summer associates/interns in the Boston area each summer. The Mentorship Committee administers any law student or other fellowships and/or scholarships provided by SABA GB
The Public Relations Committee promotes SABA GB events; updates the organization’s website; maintains and develops relationships with various media sources; drafts press releases; and coordinates media presence at SABA GB activities and events. The Public Relations Committee refers media inquiries to the Executive Committee and is responsible for identifying awards and honors for which SABA GB may nominate its members.
Research shows that minority women face unique challenges in the legal community. To ameliorate these challenges, SABA GB is proactively creating a space to nurture and develop the careers of South Asian women attorneys. Our initial programming included the formation of Women’s Lunch Circles, which meet on a quarterly basis, and a special workshop on effective public speaking, which was generously sponsored by Own the Room, a communications training company. SABA GB hopes to continue this valuable initiative for years to come.