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Judge Virginia Phillips addresses SABA’s 10th Banquet

April 10
21:08 2013

DSC02024-webLOS ANGELES: The South Asian Bar Association of Southern California Public Interest Foundation held their 10th annual banquet at the Doubletree by Hilton in downtown Los Angeles on March 28, drawing a crowd of about 300. Attendees included prominent members of the legal community.

The Public Interest Foundation is a non-profit affiliate of the South Asian Association of Southern California, which was established in 2003. The foundation’s mission is to organize, support, and promote public interest activities for the benefit of the Southern Asian community and the Southern California community at large.

After the cocktail hour, the evening kicked off with a short video presentation featuring the past 10 years of the Public Interest Foundation. The founders and past presidents of the foundation spoke about the growth the foundation has seen in the past 10 years. In addition, recipients of grants provided by the foundation spoke of the difference the organization has made.

At the banquet the Virginia Phillips of US District Court was presented with the Judicial Appreciation Award. The Judge spoke about the importance of public interest work and the diversity within the legal community. Soon after, a Bharatanatyam performance took place and dinner was served. As the event was brought to an end, the foundation announced the installation of 2013-2014 boards.

Shivbir Grewal from Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth was awarded the Trailblazer Award. He is involved in health care entities dealing with corporate and securities law and advises corporate entities on governance and structure issues. Laboni Hoq, Litigation Director at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center was awarded the Public Interest Award. She speaks about her civil rights cases and her involvement with litigated workers’ rights.

India Post News Service

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