The SABA NC Foundation, the charitable arm of the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California (SABA NC) proudly sponsors fellowships for motivated law students.
Public Interest Fellowship: The SABA NC Foundation Public Interest Fellowship provides a stipend for law students to spend a summer working with public interest law organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Click here for more information.
Applications for 2013 Public Interest Fellowships are now closed. Please check back in Spring 2014 for next year's application.
Pro Bono Fellowhip: The SABA NC Foundation Pro Bono Fellowship provides a stipend for law student to assist the SABA Pro Bono Committee during the academic year. Click here for more information.
Organizational Fellowhip: Each year, the SABA NC Foundation grants one organizational fellowship award by providing financial assistance to an organization in the Bay Area that promotes activities within the South Asian community.
Public Interest Attorneys and Community Leaders: The SABA NC Foundation regularly recognizes the contributions made by public interest attorneys and leaders in the South Asian community. During our Annual Public Interest Reception, we grant two awards for Public Interest Attorneys of the Year and one Community Leader award. More information on the nomination process is coming ahead.
2013-2014 Public Interest Fellows
Nina Gupta is a second year law student at UC Berkeley Law, where she is an Executive Editor for Ecology Law Quarterly and an Articles Editor for the Asian American Law Journal.
She is also actively involved with Berkeley Law's SALSA and Students for Economic and Environmental Justice. Nina graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2012 with a B.A. in Political Science and minors in Environmental Systems and Society, Middle Eastern and North African Studies, and Public Policy. Prior to coming to law school, Nina interned with environmental non-profit Global Green and co-taught an action research based class focused on sustainability at UCLA.
As SABA Fellow, Nina interned with the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment in San Francisco where she worked to combat environmental racism and injustice in the Central Valley, where she was raised. Nina drafted administrative complaints related to environmental and health hazards for residents in Kings County, investigated the use of proper procedures for utility rate increases for Central Valley residents, and sent letters to Delano City Attorney's office explaining the grievances of Delano residents.
Anisha Gupta is a rising third year law student at Berkeley Law. She graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College in 2009 with a B.A. in English and Peace and Justice Studies.
Prior to joining Berkeley Law, Anisha worked in the U.S. Department of State as a policy advisor to Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad at the U.S. Mission to the UN. In law school, Anisha spent her first summer interning in India for a San Francisco-based organization called Accountability Counsel that focuses on corporate accountability and human rights. Since returning from India, her advocacy has turned to indigent criminal defense and domestic racial justice. As a certified law student in Berkeley's Youth Defender Clinic, Anisha has represented young people in delinquency cases and school disciplinary hearings.
As SABA Fellow, Anisha interned at the San Francisco Public Defender's Office in the felony trial division where she litigated criminal and constitutional motions, and assisted in jury trials. Her work included preparing for preliminary hearings, interviewing clients in jail, and arguing a hearing in Superior Court. She also represented a client in Post-Release Community Supervision (PRCS) Revocation Hearing. This fall, Anisha will work as full time extern at the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia.
Afroz Baig is a second year law student at the University of San Francisco School of Law. She attended Bates College in Maine and majored in politics and women & gender studies.
At Bates, Afroz wrote a thesis titled, The Zina Ordinances and Women’s Citizenship in Pakistan, and was recipient of the Henry W. and Raymond S. Oakes Fellowship for the study of law. She also served as a managing editor for The Bates Student, was elected Development Director of the Maine College Democrats, and interned for Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey. After graduating, Afroz joined the County of Sonoma’s Economic Development Board and Human Services Department as a project coordinator, and focused on researching local workforce trends and youth initiatives.
As SABA Fellow, Afroz interned at Muslim Advocates and worked on issues of racial and religious discrimination. Afroz researched law enforcement privilege, and how it may be used by the City of New York as a defense during the discovery phase of litigation that Muslim Advocates is currently involved in. She created a 50 state manual for religious charities outlining registration laws for religious charities in each state. She also researched the model by-laws for religious organizations, and staffed the Muslim Advocates table at the Netroots Nation Conference in San Jose, CA.
Dalip Singh Saund Fellow
Marcus Tang graduated from UC Davis, where he majored in Political Science, Sociology, and Communication. He currently attends the Martin Luther King Jr. School of Law at UC Davis. At King Hall, he has served as a board member of various student organizations such as the National Lawyers Guild, the UC Davis Journal of Juvenile Law and Policy, ACLU, Students United for Reform and Justice, and the Recruitment, Retention, and Outreach Committee. He has also had the honor of participating as a clinical student in the UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic. Last summer, Marcus interned at the Sacramento office of the Legal Services of Northern California, where he assisted low-income clients with their housing and public benefits matters.
As the SABA-Dalip Singh Saund Fellow, Marcus interned at API Legal Outreach (APILO) in Oakland. He provided legal services to survivors of domestic violence and trafficking, as well as to applicants for other types of immigration relief. His responsibilities included meeting with and assisting clients, representing clients in court, researching legal issues, conducting outreach to target populations, and assisting with APILO’s legal clinics.
2013-2014 Pro Bono Fellow
is a third year law student in San Francisco focusing in entertainment and fashion law. Along with being a SABA fellow, he serves San Francisco City Hall's Supervisor's Office with ordinance enforcement while working on a fashion blog that addresses current legal matters in the fashion and business world. Prior to joining SABA, he has assisted the Council on American-Islamic Relations with employment discrimination cases against employers such as Abercrombie & Fitch during his legal clerkship.
2013-2014 Organizational Fellowship
Bay Area Solidarity Summer: This year's SABA-Foundation organizational award was given to Bay Area Solidarity Summer (BASS), a program run by a volunteer collective of South Asian American educators, artists, and activists, who are working to increase civic engagement, social justice education and resources for South Asian youth. BASS organizes a 5-day residential summer camp for South Asian youth, ages 15-21 in Berkeley to learn about progressive social justice issues affecting South Asians, their art & history, connect with other South Asian activists and to develop leadership skills.
2013-2014 Public Interest Attorneys of the Year Awards
Nasrina Bargzie directs the NSCR Program at the Asian Law Caucus. Nasrina is a 2005 graduate of UC Berkeley School of Law, where she worked on anti-human trafficking and the right to education at the Berkeley International Human Rights Clinic. After law school, Nasrina clerked for the Honorable William Alan Fletcher on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and then joined the American Civil Liberties Union's National Security Project where she focused on post-September 11 litigation and advocacy. Nasrina then joined the law firm of Boies, Schiller and Flexner LLP, where she counseled multi-billion dollar ligitations, before joining the Asian Law Caucus in her current role.
Christina Sinha’s areas of focus include surveillance, law enforcement harassment, border profiling, speech, and the Iran Sanctions. Christina is a 2011 graduate of Boalt Hall (the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law). While at Boalt, she co-directed the Civil Rights Outreach Project, a student-led civil rights clinic that provides direct legal services to under-served Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian communities in the Berkeley-Oakland area. She was also a member of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, a student-led clinic that provides immigration assistance to Iraqi refugees applying for resettlement in the U.S., as well as of the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice and the Berkeley Journal of African-American Law and Policy.
2013-2014 Community Leader of the Year Award
Samina Sundas is the Founder and Executive Director of American Muslim Voice Foundation. In the aftermath of 9/11, Samina stood proudly in the face of fear, anger and retaliation, and bravely suggested that the country could heal if people truly got to know one another. For the past ten years she has been speaking extensively on immigrant and civil liberties, particularly the USA Patriot Act. She has personally assisted the state of California, Santa Clara County, Alameda County and 11 cities in passing resolutions against the USA Patriot Act. She was on the panel of Amnesty International USA National Hearings on Racial Profiling, held in Oakland on September 9, 2003. She was part of the historic movement working with faith/immigrants right groups to defeat HR 4437 and towards a more humane immigration reform. Samina is committed to take the interfaith/inter-community dialog to the next level. Her focus is in fostering friendships among all Americans by bridging the cultural and religious gap and to walk on the path Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. paved for all of us. She enjoys working with and learning from youth and is focused on empowering young women to become leaders of tomorrow.