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.
Applications for 2015 Public Interest Fellowships will be available in January 2015.
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.
The 2015 Fellowship Application is available here.
Applications must be submitted by April 15, 2015.
2014 Public Interest Fellows
Saba Maher – Dalip Singh Saund Fellow
She is also the community outreach coordinator for the International Law Society. Golden Gate University also awarded Saba the Witkin Award for the highest grade in her criminal justice elective. As an East Bay resident and daughter of Afghan refugees, Saba sees first hand the economic and social disparities in her community. She moved from Ohio to the Bay Area because she wanted to help those among the most underprivileged and underrepresented in the South Asian community, the Afghan community.
Saba used the Dalip Singh Saund Fellowship to fund her clerkship at the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office. She is incredibly passionate about the experience she was able to gain this summer. She has enjoyed serving in the heart of the South Asian community, and at the center of the largest Afghan refugee population. Passionate about her background, Saba also sits on the board of the Afghan American Council and was integral in successfully coordinating the Afghan Leadership Summit, the first leadership summit of its kind for the Afghan-American community.
Tiffany Henderson is a third-year law student at Santa Clara University School of Law, where she is pursuing a certificate in public international law. Tiffany is a senior associate on Santa Clara University’s Journal of International Law, and also serves on the board of the International Law Student’s Association.
Prior to law school, Tiffany graduated from the University of California, Riverside in 2012 with a B.A. in political science and a minor concentration in economics. At UC Riverside, Tiffany was an active member of the Model United Nations team and served as research director of the team during her senior year of college.
This summer, Tiffany used her SABA public interest fellowship to intern at Bay Area Legal Aid’s office for Contra Costa County in its public benefits unit. Tiffany conducted legal research, prepared memoranda, and prepared briefs and pleadings. She also interviewed and followed up with current and prospective clients seeking legal assistance.
Teresa Pedrizco Romero
During her undergraduate studies, Teresa was actively involved in several student groups. One such example was her service as president of the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance. Now that she is in law school, she is a co-chair of La Raza and treasurer of the National Lawyers Guild.
Prior to law school, Teresa facilitated domestic violence trainings for service providers and employers. In addition, she provided peer counseling, information, and referrals to diverse individuals who had suffered domestic violence. At Golden Gate, Teresa interned at the Immigration Center for Women and Children, conducting U-Visa screenings, intakes, and preparing cases for filing.
As a SABA fellow, over the summer, Teresa provided legal assistance to low-income survivors of domestic violence at Bay Area Legal Aid. She assisted survivors of domestic violence in restraining order hearings. Teresa also worked on U-visas and Violence Against Women Act petitions for adjustment of status for eligible immigrants. She interviewed clients, assessed eligibility, requested and assessed police reports, drafted declarations, and prepared immigration forms. Teresa has also provided outreach and on-site clinical services to immigrants in San Francisco.
Following graduation, she worked for the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C. as part of the UC Washington Honors Program. She has also tutored students studying for the SAT and taught preschool in the Bay Area. Ashley is currently the president of the Environmental Law Society and a co-president of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society.
Ashley regularly volunteers at pro-bono legal clinics for SABA-NC on the weekends.
During her first summer in law school, Ashley worked with in-house counsel for an international solar company, SunPower, and as a research assistant for Professor Tseming Yang at Santa Clara. She also served as an extern at the California Public Utilities Commission. Using her public interest fellowship, this summer, Ashley interned at the California Coastal Commission where she assisted in the investigation and resolution of Coastal Act violations directly affecting the local community. She assisted in the collection of evidence, legal analysis, dispute resolution, and settlement negotiations.
Megha Bhatt is a third-year law student at UC Davis School of Law. She earned her B.A. in religious studies and political science from UC Davis as well.
During her undergraduate studies, Megha founded the school's Human Rights Journal, Making the Case, a first of its kind. She also volunteered at the Women's Resources and Research Center and interned in the Office of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
At UC Davis School of Law, Megha has furthered her interest in human rights by re-starting the International Law Society and serving on the Board for the King Hall Legal Foundation.
As SABA Fellow, Megha worked with Levitt and Quinn, a non-profit family law center providing essential family law services in the Los Angeles area. Specifically, Megha worked with the Veterans Legal Corps to provide child support, child custody, divorce, driver's license reinstatement, and relocation support to those who have served our nation. She represented veterans in legal proceedings, conducted “know your rights” training across the L.A. region, and created pamphlets to distribute to local veterans organizations.
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