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SABA GB announces renowned Attorney Neal Katyal as the keynote speaker for the 14th Annual Gala & Awards Dinner

June 22, 2018

The South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston (SABA GB) is excited to announce that the Keynote Speaker for its 14th Annual SABA GB Gala & Awards Dinner, that will be held at the Taj Hotel in Boston on November 15th, 2018, will be renowned Attorney Neal Katyal of Hogan Lovells. 

SABA GB congratulates Neil Sherring on his confirmation as an Associate Justice for the Massachusetts Housing Court

June 19, 2018

The South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston (SABA GB) congratulates Neil K. Sherring on being confirmed as an Associate Justice in the Massachusetts Housing Court.

SABA GB announces Erica Rasquinha as the winner of its 2018 Law Student Public Interest Fellowship

May 26, 2018

The South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston (SABA GB) proudly congratulates Ms. Erica Rasquinha, the winner of the SABA GB 2018 Law Student Public Interest Fellowship, sponsored by a generous donation from WilmerHale.  

SABA GB congratulates Tejal Mehta on her unanimous confirmation to a seat on the Concord District Court bench

March 14, 2018

On March 7, 2018, the Massachusetts Governor's Council voted unanimously to confirm Tejal R. Mehta to a seat on the Concord District Court bench. 

SABA GB congratulates Advisory Board Member Sunila Thomas George on her appointment as Chairwoman of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination

January 2, 2018

On September 12, 2017, Governor Charlie Baker appointed South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston Advisory Board Member Sunila Thomas George as Chairwoman of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD). 

SABA GB strongly opposes the Trump Administration’s revised executive order

March 7, 2017

The South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston (SABA GB) strongly condemns the Trump Administration’s newest Executive Order.  This Order, signed on March 6, 2017, is yet another discriminatory action by this Administration and circumvents the ideals of the United States Constitution and this great nation. 

SABA GB vehemently opposes President’s Muslim ban and applauds nationwide stay

February 2, 2017

On Friday, January 27, 2017 President Trump issued an Executive Order barring citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for at least the next 90 days and halting the admission of all refugees to the United States for a period of four months. Chaos ensued as individuals with valid immigrant and non-immigrant visas and lawful permanent residents of the U.S. were detained at airports throughout the country upon arrival. Hundreds of attorneys tirelessly volunteered over the weekend and into the week to help the individuals who have been affected by this executive order.

SABA GB announces new Board of Directors for 2017 and expansion of “Know Your Rights!” community education program

January 31, 2017                                                                                                               

SABA GB is pleased to announce its Board of Directors for 2017 as well as a planned expansion of its award-winning “Know Your Rights!” (KYR) program offering community-based legal education.

SABA North America and NAPABA condemn exclusion of refugees and "Muslim ban"

January 27, 2017

The South Asian Bar Association of North America (SABA) and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) condemn President Trump's executive order stopping refugees from entering the United States and halting immigration from Muslim-majority countries. These orders, which are based on the misguided idea that certain ethnic populations are more prone to violence, are incompatible with American values, and will not make our communities safer or our nation stronger. Notably, the order, (1) halts refugee admissions from all countries for at least 120 days, (2) indefinitely halts the admission of Syrian refugees, (3) lowers the number of refugee admissions to the United States, (4) grants states and localities the ability to stop refugees from settling in their jurisdiction, and (5) suspends all entry of individuals from certain Muslim-majority countries.

SABA North America and NAPABA condemn anti-immigrant executive orders

January 26, 2017

The South Asian Bar Association of North America (SABA)  and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) condemn the anti-immigrant and xenophobic Executive Orders issued yesterday by President Trump. Notably, the orders (1) revive the "Secure Communities" immigration enforcement program, which was previously criticized for promoting racial profiling by local law enforcement officials who were required to enforce federal immigration laws, (2) implement policies that may result in the deportation of tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants who pose no threat to the American people, and (3) strip federal funding from "sanctuary cities," that protect countless immigrants and their families by refusing to prosecute residents for violations of federal immigration laws.

SABA North America Supports the Bridge Act’s Extension of DACA

December 9, 2016

SABA North America expresses its support for the BRIDGE Act, bipartisan legislation that Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) will introduce today. The BRIDGE Act will continue the temporary protection provided under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) program that over 700,000 individuals, including many South Asian youth, are currently receiving. This legislation would continue the protection after President-Elect Trump takes office in January 2017.

SABA GB reaffirms its commitment to serve as the regional voice for the South Asian community

November 22, 2016

The outcome of the presidential election has left many within the South Asian community feeling fearful and uncertain about their rights, safety, and futures in this country. We witnessed the 2016 Presidential campaign usher in a new era of racism and xenophobia, leaving the South Asian community, especially Muslim Americans, among the most vulnerable targets of this rhetoric. SABA GB was saddened to see the rash of racist and xenophobic attacks on South Asians and the community at large after the election, including communities and neighborhoods right here in Massachusetts.

SABA denounces the suggestion of Non-citizen Muslim Registry

November 18, 2016

The South Asian Bar Association of North America (SABA) resoundingly denounces the suggestions of a registry for noncitizen Muslims in the United States. While once just a campaign promise, this xenophobic and un-American idea has been thrust back into our national consciousness by Carl Higbie, former spokesperson for a Super PAC supporting the President-Elect.

SABA expects continued progress on inclusivity and protection of minority rights

November 17, 2016

On election night, President-Elect Donald Trump expressed his desire to be a President for all Americans, and to unite and heal the country after a very divisive election season. The South Asian Bar Association of North America (SABA) stands ready to work with him in that effort, and urges President-Elect Trump to continue to issue statements inclusive of all Americans.

Jasmine Akbarali appointed to Superior Court of Justice in Toronto

October 21, 2016

The South Asian Bar Association of North America congratulates Jasmine Akbarali on her appointment as a judge of the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto. With this announcement by the Honorable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Akbarali has become the first South Asian woman appointed to a provincial superior court anywhere in Canada.

Diane Gujarati nominated to federal bench in Eastern District of New York

September 13, 2016

Today, President Obama nominated Assistant United States Attorney Diane Gujarati to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. “I am pleased to nominate Diane Gujarati to serve on the United States District Court bench,” said President Obama. “I am confident she will serve the American people with distinction.” If confirmed, she will be the first Article III judge of South Asian descent in New York.

Abid Qureshi becomes first Muslim nominated to federal bench

September 7, 2016

The South Asian Bar Association of North America (SABA North America) applauds President Obama’s nomination of Abid Qureshi to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. If confirmed, the Pakistani-born American attorney would be the first Muslim person to serve as a judge at the federal level.

Congress must act to provide relief in wake of Supreme Court deadlock in crucial immigration case

July 21, 2016

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 4-4 decision in United States v. Texas, a case challenging two of President Obama’s key immigration initiatives, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the expansion of the current Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This deadlock means that the preliminary injunction, which temporarily halted the implementation of these programs, stands.

SABA GB extends its support to the LGBTQ and Muslim communities after the Orlando Shooting

June 15, 2016

In light of this past weekend’s shooting in Orlando, SABA GB extends its heartfelt support and condolences to the LGBTQ community. Such acts of violence are a reminder of the fragile state in which we all live, where every day is an uncertainty, and where many justify differing opinions as reason enough to harm. As President Obama noted in his statement on the shooting, however, “[w]e will not give in to fear or turn against each other. Instead, we will stand united, as Americans, to protect our people…” The President reminded everyone to bear in mind that this attack is an attack “on all of us and on the fundamental values of equality and dignity that define us as a country.”

Supreme Court hears crucial case in the fight for immigrant rights

May 5, 2016

Recently, the Supreme Court of the United Sates heard oral arguments in U.S. v. Texas, a case challenging two of President Obama’s key immigration initiatives, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) and the expansion of the current Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DAPA provides parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents temporary relief from removal, while the expanded DACA program extends removal relief to individuals who arrived in the U.S. as children. Recognized as the most consequential immigration case in decades to have reached the highest court of the nation, thousands of supporters, activists, civil rights groups, and community leaders from across the country came to the court to show their support for President Obama’s initiatives.

Vaishali Goyal wins SABA GB 2016 Law Student Public Interest Fellowship

May 2, 2016

SABA GB proudly congratulates Vaishali Goyal, winner of SABA GB’s 2016 Law Student Public Interest Fellowship, sponsored by a generous donation from the law firm of WilmerHale. The $5,000 Fellowship award enables law students to work in otherwise unpaid summer internships with community and public interest organizations. 

SABA GB commends U.S. Army for religious accommodations for decorated Sikh soldier

April 11, 2016

On March 31, the United States Army granted a decorated Sikh soldier a permanent religious accommodation, avoiding a legal battle rooted in tensions between the right to practice one’s faith and to serve in the military. A temporary religious accommodation was offered to Captain Simratpal Singh in December, which permitted him to maintain his turban, beard, and unshorn hair in accordance with his Sikh faith. However, in February, the Army’s temporary accommodation was set to expire, and Captain Singh was notified that he would be required to report for additional gas and helmet testing. Captain Singh contested the additional testing required of him on the grounds that his turban, beard, and unshorn hair should not serve as the basis for testing outside the realm of basic testing standards.

Congratulations to Judge Merrick Garland on his nomination the U.S. Supreme Court

March 16, 2016

The South Asian Bar Association of North America (SABA North America) congratulates Judge Merrick Garland on his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge Garland, currently the Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, has been on the bench for over 20 years. If confirmed, he will bring this experience from what is considered the second most important court in the U.S. and a reputation as a centrist to the Supreme Court. 

SABA GB supports decorated Sikh soldier in lawsuit after military denies religious freedom

March 8, 2016

Captain Simratpal Singh, a decorated Sikh American soldier, is in the midst of a legal battle to maintain his Sikh identity while serving his nation. On February 29, 2016, a federal lawsuit was filed against the United States Department of Defense on behalf of Captain Singh, who was ordered to submit to non-standard testing because of his religious beliefs. The lawsuit demanded that the U.S. military accommodate his Sikh turban, unshorn hair, and unshorn beard, and abandon its unfair and discriminatory testing, which was scheduled for March 1, 2016.

It’s time for a South Asian Justice

February 22, 2016

The tragic passing of the longest serving Supreme Court Justice and a son of immigrants, Antonin Scalia, left the country mourning an indelible figure in our national jurisprudence. In the wake of such loss, our country once again is offered a tremendous opportunity to ensure that one of its great institutions – the Supreme Court – actively represents the population it serves and continues uninterrupted by partisan politics. 

SABA North America extends its condolences on Justice Scalia’s passing

February 14, 2016

The South Asian Bar Association of North America (SABA North America) extends its condolences to the family and friends of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. His thirty years on the court and brilliant writing style have left their mark on our country’s jurisprudence.

SABA GB Celebrates 11th Annual Gala, Welcomes New Board of Directors for 2016

January 20, 2016

The South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston (SABA GB) celebrated its 11th Annual Gala & Awards Dinner on Dec. 9, 2015, at the Taj Boston. Attorneys, law students, and members of the community gathered to honor the numerous achievements of the South Asian legal community. SABA GB also announced its new board of directors for 2016.

SABA GB receives 6th Annual Beacon Award for Diversity & Inclusion

November 19, 2015

SABA GB and five other Massachusetts affinity bar associations collectively received the 6th Annual Beacon Award for Diversity & Inclusion at the Liberty Hotel in Boston.

Sureshbhai Patel denied justice in second mistrial tainted by xenophobia

November 12, 2015

The South Asian Bar Association of North America expresses concern and disappointment after a second mistrial was declared in the case of Eric Parker, the Alabama police officer accused of assaulting and partially paralyzing Sureshbhai Patel. Particularly disappointing is the message that constitutional violations against people of color will not be punished and the lack of accountability for state actors is being repeated with unfortunate frequency of late.

Elections for SABA GB Board coming soon

October 23, 2015

Elections for the SABA GB Board will take place the week of November 16, 2015. Members who are interested in running for a position on the board should submit a candidate statement by November 13, 2015 to Monica Shah at monica.g.shah@gmail.com. SABA GB encourages any member, who is in good standing with the Bar and interested in serving on the board, to submit a candidate statement.  Only current SABA GB members who have passed the Bar may vote.

SABA North America expresses disappointment with suspension of 14-year-old muslim student in Irving, TX

September 18, 2015

The South Asian Bar Association of North America (SABA North America) and its chapters SABA Austin and SABA Houston express disappointment with the Irving Independent School District for suspending and Irving Police Department for arresting Ahmed Mohamed for bringing a homemade digital clock to school.

SABA GB, five other affinity bar associations to receive 6th Annual Beacon Award for Diversity & Inclusion

September 17, 2015

SABA GB and five other Massachusetts affinity bar associations will collectively receive the 6th Annual Beacon Award for Diversity & Inclusion. SABA GB is honored to receive this award. The reception is scheduled for November 19 at the Liberty Hotel in Boston.

Bar associations condemn assault on Inderjit Singh Mukker

September 10, 2015

The Indian America Bar Association of Chicago (IABA), Asian America Bar Association Chicago (AABA) and South Asian Bar Association of North America (SABA North America) condemn the attack on Mr. Inderjit Singh Mukker, a United States Citizen and Sikh American, on September 8 in Darien, a suburb of Chicago.

Hot Topics in Labor & Employment

August 24, 2015

On September 16, 2015, SABA GB invites you to a lunch seminar on labor & employment law.

SABA North America welcomes White House report on modernizing and streamlining our legal immigration system for the 21st century

August 12, 2015

SABA North America welcomes the release of the White House Report (“Modernizing and Streamlining our Legal Immigration System for the 21st Century“), a product of the executive actions that President Obama announced in November 2015 to make certain fixes to our immigration system.

SABA GB obtains grant to expand Know Your Rights! program

July 20, 2015

The South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston (SABA GB) recently won a $2,500 grant from the SABA North America Foundation to help fund and expand SABA GB’s award-winning Know Your Rights! (KYR) program, which completed another successful year of free legal education on topics of importance to members of the South Asian community in Massachusetts.

Sonja Marrett wins SABA GB 2015 Legal Intern Fellowship

July 14, 2015

The South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston (SABA GB) proudly congratulates Sonja Marrett, the winner of the SABA GB 2015 Legal Intern Fellowship, sponsored in part by a generous donation from WilmerHale. The $3,000 fellowship enables law students to work in otherwise unpaid summer internships at public interest organizations in Greater Boston.

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