The South Asian Bar Association of Southern California and the SABA-SC Interest Foundation recognized Chief Justice of California Tani Cantil-Sakauye, and Indian American attorneys Bhupinder Kaur Malik and Kalpana Srinivasan at its 14th annual Public Interest Dinner and Installation March 16 in Los Angeles.
The event was attended by local dignitaries and more than 35 members of the judiciary, including judges from the California Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal, the California Court of Appeal, United States District Court for the Central District of California, the United States Bankruptcy Court and California Superior Courts.
SABA-SC past-president Rupa Goswami presented SABA’s Judicial Appreciation Award to the 28th Chief Justice of California Cantil-Sakauye.
Cantil-Sakauye praised SABA-SC and the foundation for their joint mission of giving back to the community and encouraged all members of the legal profession to pay it forward.
Community advocate Malik, the Western Regional Director for the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund, was presented the Public Interest Award.
Srinivasan, a partner and litigator at Susman Godfrey LLP, was the recipient of SABA’s Trailblazer Award.
The evening concluded with the administration of the oath of the office by Elwood Lui of the California Court of Appeal to the incoming 2017-2018 board of directors of SABA-SC and the SABA-SC Public Interest Foundation.