A Spotlight on SCBA Affiliates - Sacramento County Bar Association

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A Spotlight on SCBA Affiliates - Sacramento County Bar Association

The South Asian Bar Association (SABA) of

Sacramento celebrated the third anniversary of its

existence at Downey Brand LLP in April, with Indian appetizers,

desserts, fine wines, and over 100 friends and guests.

Headlining the reception was keynote speaker Central

U.S. District Magistrate Judge Jay Gandhi, the first South

Asian federal magistrate judge in the country. Judge Gandhi

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South Asian Bar Association of Sacramento

Celebrates its Third Anniversary

From left to right: Justice Louis Mauro, Justice Elena Duarte, Judge

Jay Gandhi, Judge Kendall Newman, and Judge James Mize

From left to right: Bradley Coutinho, Biran Shah, Judge Jay

Gandhi, Gene Bains, and UC Davis Professor Anupam Chander

From left to right: Judge Emily Vasquez,

Rebecca Whitfield, and Whitney McBride

By Shama Mesiwala, President and Co-founder of the South Asian Bar

From left to right: Judge Jay

Gandhi, UC Davis Professor

Rachana Shah, and Robert Parker

Photographs by Frank Roe

spoke eloquently of his father’s journey from Punjab, India,

to the peach orchards of Yuba City and his own journey to

the federal bench as the son of immigrant parents.

In addition to Judge Gandhi, SABA of Sacramento was

honored by the attendance of Magistrate Judge Kendall

Newman from the Eastern U.S. District Court, Presiding

Justice Vance Raye of the California Third District Court of

From left to right: Karen Goodman, Malavika Kumar, Michael Levy,

June Coleman, Presiding Justice Vance Raye, Shama Mesiwala, and

Judge Jay Gandhi

From left to right: Sarah Scott, Judge Kendall Newman, Natalie

Johnston, Maryam Sidiqqui, and Latika Sharma

From left to right: Justice William Murray,

Judge Raoul Thorbourne, and Raymond Rouse

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