Saba Gala 2

(L-r) Outgoing SABA president Maulik Shah, San Jose City Councilmember Ash Kalra and continuing co-president Vid Prabhakaran at the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California’s 22nd Annual Gala Mar. 6 in San Francisco. 

SAN FRANCISCO — Prominent local Indian American law professionals were honored at the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California’s 22nd Annual Gala at the San Francisco Design Center Mar. 6.

The sold-out event attracted more than 300 attorneys, judges, politicians, and guests from throughout the region, including California Assembly Member David Chiu, San Jose Councilmember Ash Kalra, U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Singh Grewal, Superior Court Judge Sunil Kulkarni, California Republican Party Vice-Chair Harmeet Dhillon, and Berkeley Law School Dean Sujit Choudry.  Also in attendance were representatives from several minority bar associations. SABA-NC also welcomed its incoming co-president, Madhuri Nemali, attorney at Cameo Law Group, at the event.

“We are proud to celebrate another remarkable year for SABA-NC, and the continuing progress of our community in the legal profession,” said outgoing co-president Maulik Shah, an attorney at Arnold & Porter LLP.

At the Gala, SABA-NC recognized deserving attorneys for their contributions to the community:

• Sarita Venkat, senior litigation counsel at Apple Inc., received SABA-NC’s Corporate Counsel Award for her achievements at Apple and Abbott Laboratories Inc. as well as her spearheading of the SABA-NC In-House Counsel Group.

• Rabiah Khalid, advocacy manager for Asian Americans for Community Involvement, received SABA-NC’s Community Impact Award for her work encouraging civic engagement in high school and college youth and co-leading the Asian Pacific Islander Justice Coalition of Silicon Valley.

• Sujit Choudhry, dean of the UC Berkeley School of Law, received SABA-NC’s Trailblazer Award for being the first South Asian dean of a top American law school (

• Suchitra Narayen, vice president and associate general counsel at Oracle, earned SABA-NC’s Public Interest Award for her work launching and growing SABA-NC’s Pro Bono clinics, which have provided free legal advice and referral to hundreds of individuals over the past few years.

• Manohar Reddy, who heads his own law firm, received SABA-NC’s Mentorship Award in recognition for the time and energy he has dedicated to the professional development of junior attorneys over the course of his career.

“We look forward to another year serving our members and the broader South Asian community,” said continuing co-president Vid Prabhakaran, partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.  “From fighting discrimination in our justice system, to curbing police brutality, to providing access to free legal services to low-income members of our community, there is still much work to be done.”  

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