The South Asian Bar Association (SABA) of North America wishes Deep Rai a speedy recovery from the gunshot wounds he suffered on March 4, 2017, in Kent, Washington. While Mr. Rai was in his driveway working on his car, an unidentified assailant approached him and told him “to go back to your own country.” During…

WASHINGTON – The South Asian Bar Association of North America (SABA) and National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) condemn President Trump’s new executive order that includes many of the discriminatory provisions of his earlier order, which also sought to stop refugees from entering the United States and halt immigration from several Muslim-majority countries. These…

Last year, Ontario and the Law Society of Upper Canada asked the Honourable Annemarie E. Bonkalo to lead a review to consider whether a broader range of service providers could deliver certain family legal services. Ontario and the Law Society are now seeking public feedback on Justice Bonkalo’s recommendations. People can submit feedback online until…

For Immediate Release February 24, 2017 The South Asian Bar Association of North America (SABA) expresses its deepest condolences to the victims and their families who fell prey to the senseless acts of violence in Kansas. Reports and witnesses indicate that the motivation for these crimes was rooted in anti-Muslim hate, xenophobia and racism. While…

An adhoc group of volunteer lawyers (and articling students) across Canada are working with the CCLA, CARL, and the Refugee Hub to support the ACLU by having volunteers at airports to assist travelers affected by the U.S.’s immigration ban. YYZ and YOW are among airports where more help is needed. The volunteer sign up is…

SABA Toronto is jointly hosting a panel discussion on public appointments and recruitment for Boards of Directors on March 10, 2017, at 4pm – 6pm. at Baker McKenzie’s Toronto office. This event is specifically targeted at mid-career lawyers (7+ years call to the bar) who may be interested in appointments to the judiciary, tribunals and…

On June 16, 2015, Ontario announced that it would develop a new regulation to address situations commonly known as “carding” or “street checks,” in which police officers collect, or attempt to collect, identifying information from members of the public outside of criminal investigations and procedures such as arrests, warrants, traffic stops and detention. The government…

This past weekend has brought sad news for so many of our friends and allies. The U.S. government’s decision to arbitrarily ban Muslims from North Africa and the Middle East has created confusion and hardship, and will only further to harden the divides in our communities and around the world. And our collective hearts break…

Under Bill C-25, certain CBCA corporations would be required to make annual disclosure relating to diversity among their directors and members of senior management. SABA Toronto endorses Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute’s submission to expand the diversity clause to include other equality-seeking groups. Read the Diversity Institute’s letter: minister-bains-letter-v10

On December 5, 2016, the Law Society will be debating the recommendations of the Challenges Facing Racialized Licensees Working Group. This is a historic moment for diverse lawyers in Ontario. Join us at Convocation at 930am. Read SABA Toronto’s submission: letter-re-cfrl-submission-nov-14-2016

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