Dear SABABC Members and Friends, It is with great pleasure that SABABC congratulates Madame Justice Shergill on her appointment to the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Palbinder Kaur Shergill, Q.C., of Shergill & Company, replaces Madam Justice E.A. Arnold-Bailey, who retired effective May 31, 2017. Her Ladyship has a long and distinguished career, acting in…Details
SABABC Board of Directors
The South Asian Bar Association of British Columbia (SABABC) is dedicated to, among other things, supporting the local South Asian community, promoting the professional development of South Asian lawyers, paralegals and law students, and representing the interests of South Asians locally, nationally and internationally.
SABABC is committed to promoting the professional development of the South Asian legal community through networking, advocacy and mentoring. SABABC hosts panels, continuing legal education courses, and workshops on career development, social justice issues, and current events.
SABABC aims to remove any barriers South Asian students may face in pursuing a career in the legal profession and those faced by the South Asian community in accessing justice and educational programs in the community.
We invite all lawyers, paralegals, law students and judges to please join SABABC in its commitment to achieving these goals.
Message From The President
“Welcome to SABABC’s newly revamped website. We are pleased to provide our members with a current, easy to navigate and more informative place to stay connected with SABABC and each other.
We strongly encourage you to get involved with SABABC and help develop your legal career while giving back to the community and paying it forward for the benefit of those following you. Having been involved with SABABC from the outset, I can attest to the many opportunities which will present themselves to you as a member of SABABC, from business and professional development to great friendships and to personal satisfaction of having made a significant contribution to the South Asian, legal and at large communities.
In 2004, a small group of diverse lawyers of South Asian descent met, some for the first time, and discussed the viability of forming the first Canadian chapter of what is now known as SABA North America. The founding President of that organization, Navneet Chugh, led the discussion describing the challenges we as South Asian lawyers in North America faced and the many benefits of joining SABA North America and establishing the first chapter of the organization outside of the USA. Many meetings later, SABABC was incorporated as a BC society and the BC chapter of SABA North America. Now over 10 years later, SABABC continues to be active and relevant to lawyers and law students.
Since its formation, SABABC has been dedicated to the advancement and development of lawyers and law students, particularly of South Asian descent. Our members cover the full spectrum of practice, from national and international firms, small and medium sized local firms, solo practice, government, in-house counsel, non-profits, the judiciary, academia and law students. This diversity of practice provides for a unique and rich exchange of ideas and experiences.
Notwithstanding such diversity, what ties all of our members together is the desire to promote and develop lawyers and law students of South Asian descent. SABABC’s activities include professional development, educating the community about relevant legal issues, expanding and enhancing business and professional opportunities, mentorship and the fostering of goodwill, fellowship and exchange of ideas and information amongst the South Asian members of the Bar. We have accomplished these goals through continuing education events, the annual Fall Conference, hosting the SABA North America Annual Convention in 2009, pro bono clinics, community events, networking and social events, Galas, the annual awarding of scholarships and bursaries to law students, establishing relationships with law school student clubs, and working closely with the Law Society of BC and the Canadian Bar Association of BC.
Members of SABABC are provided the opportunity to learn from colleagues who have gone through similar experiences in the past, obtain career and legal advice and counsel from colleagues with a wide variety of skills and experiences, interact with others who understand the cultural challenges and experiences South Asians may face, expand their network of friends, mentors and advocates, and become part of a unique community.
Come and join us at SABABC and take advantage of what it has to offer you while also expressing your voice and ideas, building your network, giving back and promoting the success of South Asian members of the Bar. We look forward to meeting and working with you for the betterment of all.”
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SABABC NEEDS YOU TO HELP SAVE LIVES. ON MAY 13 JOIN THE CAMPAIGN TO HELP SAVE KIRANPREET JOHAL’S LIFE – SABABC PARTNERING WITH THANKS MOM CAMPAIGN AT METROTOWN Dear SABABC Members and Friends There is an urgent need for your help on May 13, 2017. This is a potentially life saving call for action for all…Details
On February 23, 2017, SABABC launched the 2017 Mentorship Program at Shebeen Whiskey House in Vancouver BC. The event was a great success and many young students and lawyers were given the opportunity to meet and connect with their SABABC mentor. The response from mentors interested in participating in the program has been encouraging and…Details
The South Asian Bar Association of British Columbia (“SABA BC”) stands in solidarity with the South Asian Bar Association of North America (“SABA North America”), and echoes its recent statements condemning President Trump’s new executive order, which is again seeking to halt immigration from several Muslim-majority countries and prevent refugees from entering the United States.…Details
Statement on Behalf of the South Asian Bar Association of British Columbia The South Asian Bar Association of British Columbia (“SABABC”) extends its most sincere condolences to the families and friends of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was murdered, and Alok Madasani, who was wounded on February 22, 2017 in Olathe, Kansas in an incident that…Details
Statement on Behalf of the South Asian Bar Association of British Columbia The South Asian Bar Association of British Columbia (“SABABC”) stands in solidarity with the South Asian Bar Association of North America (“SABA North America”) concerning President Trump’s recent executive orders barring the entry of refugees, and halting all immigration from seven Muslim-majority states.…Details