SABABC was incorporated as a BC society on February 3, 2005 becoming the first Canadian chapter of what was then known as NASABA (now SABA North America), the umbrella bi-national organization comprising approximately 26 SABA chapters across North America. SABA North America has also established the SABA North America Foundation as its charitable arm.
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 barriers faced by the South Asian community in learning about and accessing legal services and educational programs in the community.
We invite all lawyers, paralegal, law students and judges to please join SABABC in its commitment to achieving these goals.
Perminder S. Tung is a Partner at Lindsay Kenney LLP, a major regional law firm in British Columbia. He serves on the SABABC Board as Vice President and President-Elect. He also contributes extensively to sub-committee work in order to advance SABABC’s mission. He has been involved in SABABC since he was a law student and continues to mentor young lawyers with entry to the profession and the development of their practices.
Jindy Bhalla is a partner at the downtown Vancouver law firm of Edwards, Kenny & Bray LLP. Jindy has been actively involved with SABABC since its inception, having served on the board and as treasurer for most of SABABC’s existence. As a senior member of the bar with over 30 years of experience, Jindy has long recognized the challenges faced by many of the younger members of the profession, and has devoted a substantial amount of his time assisting them with their development as successful lawyers and productive members of society.
Jeevyn Dhaliwal practices in the area of workplace immigration law at Vancouver firm, Larlee Rosenberg. She was the first South Asian to have been elected a Bencher of the Law Society of British Columbia for Vancouver County, serving as such for the 2014-2015 term. She continues to stay active in the work of the Law Society and sits as a member of the Discipline Committee. Jeevyn serves SABABC as Chair of both the Public Relations, Policy and Advocacy and Student/Mentorship Committees.
Sukhminder S. Virk is a solicitor with a blended practice including Corporate and Commercial Law, Wealth Preservation, and Trust and Estate Law. Sukhminder earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Simon Fraser University. He then attended Kingston University in London, United Kingdom, where he earned a Bachelor of Law (Honours). Sukhminder joined Lindsay Kenney LLP in 2015.
Harkamal is an associate at Mackoff and Company. She is currently a Board member and the Vice President of Membership for the SABABC. She has been involved with SABABC in various roles since she was in law school and she hopes to continue to advance SABABC’s mission for the years to come.
Hardeep S. Gill is an associate at Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP specializing in tax and corporate commercial law. Hardeep received his J.D. at the University of British Columbia Law School in 2014. He also holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from UBC. Hardeep serves SABABC as Chair of the Scholarship Committee and sits on the Fall Conference Committee.
Rupinder Gosal has been involved with SABABC since 2015 and has since become a Director and a Co-Chairperson of the Student Mentorship Committee. She is committed to advancing the SABABC mandate of promoting the development of south Asian lawyers, law students, paralegals and staff.
Sarah practises in the areas of criminal defence, civil and family litigation at Zargarian litigation. She is currently a board member and vice president of membership for SABABC. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in political science and law degree from UBC.
Ravneet is the founder of Arora Law Corporation. His practice focuses on civil litigation, including contract disputes, construction law, builders liens, real estate law, and negligence. Within SABA BC, Ravneet sits on the Fall Conference Commitee.
SABA North America provides a vital link between South Asian lawyers and the South Asian community across North America. As a bar association, SABA North America affords South Asian lawyers across the continent a recognized forum for professional growth and advancement. By promoting the South Asian bar and focusing on the legal needs of the South Asian community, SABA North America is the fastest growing organization of South Asian lawyers in the world. A strong South Asian bar in North America is essential to protecting the rights and liberties of South Asians across this continent. As the South Asian business community in North America continues to prosper, SABA North America provides them with a directory of qualified legal professionals that not only have the sophistication to provide creative business solutions, but also understand their motivations and goals.
-To support, guide, mentor, and foster all the local South Asian Bar Associations (SABAs) in North America
-To be a resource tool for all the local SABAs, allow the leaders of the local SABAs a platform to communicate with each other, and share the best practices of local SABAs with other chapters
-To assist in the formation of new SABA chapters around the continent
To provide a networking forum for all South Asian lawyers
-To provide a referral network/service to the entire South Asian community
-To promote professional development for South Asian lawyers and law students
-To coordinate activities and thoughts with other national bar associations in North America and in South Asia
-To educate and disseminate information to the South Asian community about the law, legal access, and relevant legal issues
The South Asian Bar Association of North America Foundation (Foundation) is a California non-profit entity. Since its first convention in 2004, SABA North America has set aside a share of convention proceeds to fund its Foundation. Formed in 2007 and maintaining 501(c)(3) status, the Foundation is the charitable arm of SABA North America.
-Promote, fund, and encourage the professional growth and development of the South Asian Legal Community in North America
-Support research on issues relevant to the South Asian Legal Community in North America
-Provide input on public policies, laws, and issues that affect the South Asian community
-Educate the South Asian community in North America on the legal system and access to justice, while fostering confidence in the rule of law.
The Foundation develops and funds programs that support legal education, legal research and public interest employment that benefits the South Asian legal community of North America and the South Asian community as a whole. The Foundation also develops and funds public interest projects that benefit South Asian legal professionals and the South Asian community. In 2007, the Foundation funded several public interest fellowships sponsored by SABA North America chapters. By partnering with these local SABA North America chapters, the Foundation aspires to encourage the involvement of South Asian lawyers in philanthropy and promote public interest initiatives.
For more information about SABA North America and the SABA North America Foundation, please visit their website at www.sabanorthamerica.com.”