SABA NORTH AMERICA AWARDS

NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. WE WILL ANNOUNCE THE RECIPIENTS SOON!

The South Asian Bar Association  of North America has a proud tradition of honoring its members and supporters for their remarkable achievements and promotion of diversity in the practice of law at our Annual Convention.  We are soliciting nominations for these prestigious awards and hope that you’ll take advantage of this opportunity to nominate your friend, colleague or an organization that you admire to be honored.  Please click the button below to download the nomination form.  You may make multiple nominations. You may nominate yourself. Nominations are due by May 1, 2017. Please email awards@sabanorthamerica.com with questions.

You can find the list of our past award winners here.


SABA North America Award Categories

Pioneer Award

Pioneers are individuals who venture into unknown or unclaimed territory or who open new areas of thought.  The SABA North America Pioneer Award is given to the individual who has demonstrated professional excellence and true innovation in the practice of law.  A candidate for this award must be an Pioneer in their legal field or industry and must have demonstrated dedication and service towards the profession or to SABA North America goals and objectives which include: promoting the professional development of the South Asian legal community through networking, education advocacy and mentoring; ensuring the civil liberties of the South Asian community; serving the legal interests of the South Asian community and the community at large; encouraging greater participation by the South Asian community in the legal profession and the government.

Corporate Counsel Achievement Award

The SABA North America Corporate Counsel Achievement Award is given to that individual who demonstrates extraordinary leadership and innovation in or through their in-house practice.  Criteria for evaluation include: career accomplishments including demonstrated success over multiple years, growth of the legal department in numbers, expansion of responsibility and role within the corporate legal department, significant and/or noteworthy contributions made to the company, dedication to corporate responsibility, advocacy for the legal profession; and the commitment to diversity including demonstrated diversity leadership, involvement in organizations dedicated to improving diversity in the legal field, promoting diverse hiring both within the corporate legal department and of outside counsel, demonstrated success in the nominee’s legal organization on the issue of diversity, and participation in company diversity programs and initiatives.

Public Interest Achievement Award

The SABA North America Public Interest Awards honors that attorney who shows a deep commitment to public service of the South Asian community and community at large.  Criteria include: interesting and innovative models of practice and representation; contributions to the public interest legal field; representation of individuals or organizations relating to issues affecting the South Asian community and/or the community at large; and advocacy for underprivileged, disenfranchised and under-represented minority groups.

Cornerstone Award (up to 2 individuals can be recognized)

Cornerstone award recipients are those individuals who best exemplify through their legal work the objectives of SABA North America and local SABA chapters including: promoting the professional development of the South Asian legal community through networking, education advocacy and mentoring; ensuring the civil liberties of the South Asian community; serving the legal interests of the South Asian community and the community at large; encouraging greater participation by the South Asian community in the legal profession and the government.

Diversity Champion Award

The Diversity Champion Award honors a corporation or law firm that demonstrates a commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Criteria weighed will include the Champions internal and external efforts to increase diversity; innovative approaches to increasing diversity; the percentage of minority partnership and associates in the firm or company; the types of diversity programs and initiatives sponsored and/or implemented by the firm; and the pro bono initiatives undertaken by the firm. Diversity includes race and ethnic origin, gender, physical abilities, religious beliefs, age, sexual orientation, and/or perceived differences.

Rising Star Award (up to 2 individuals can be recognized)

The SABA North America Rising Star Award recognizes a lawyer who is under 40 years old or has been practicing for less than 10 years. They should exemplify a broad range of high achievement in their practice area, innovation, leadership, legal and community service and commitment to diversity.

Outstanding Chapter Program Award

The SABA North America Outstanding Chapter Program of the Year will be awarded to that committee, section or chapter who has created either a stand-alone or series of programs which best exemplify SABA North America mission, which includes promoting the professional development of the South Asian legal community through networking, education, advocacy and mentoring; ensuring the civil liberties of the South Asian community; serving the legal interests of the South Asian community and the community at large; encouraging greater participation by the South Asian community in the legal profession and government.  Criteria to be considered include: SABA and non-SABA member participation, substance, theme, innovation, message and impact.