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Saraa Basaria And Meera Kamath Win SABA GB 2011 Legal Intern Fellowships

Press Release
05/26/2011

The South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston (“SABA GB”) proudly congratulates Saraa Basaria and Meera Kamath, the winners of the SABA GB 2011 Fellowships, sponsored in part by WilmerHale. The fellowships enable law students to work in otherwise unpaid summer internships with community and public interest organizations and are funded in part by a generous donation from the law firm of WilmerHale. This marks the third year that SABA GB has awarded the fellowships. Each fellowship is for $4000.00.

According to Sa’adiyah Masoud, President of SABA GB, “This year we have doubled the number of applicants from last year. As a bar organization, we are very proud of this program and the successful partnerships we have formed with law students, non-profit organizations, law schools and law firms to continue this great resource for our membership.”

“We are proud to be associated with SABA GB and to support its annual Legal Intern Fellowships. This program is an important one as it provides young lawyers with the opportunity to focus on issues important to our society while expanding diversity in the legal profession,” said Wendell Taylor, Partner at WilmerHale and Co-Chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee.

Saraa Basaria, a rising second year student at Northeastern University School of Law, will be interning with the Committee for Public Counsel Services (“CPCS”) where she will be assisting the organization in providing criminal defense services to indigent individuals. Basaria expects that the fellowship will help her in achieving her professional goals by providing her with the financial support necessary to work in the public interest law sector this summer. Basaria’s motivation to work with CPCS this summer stems from her belief that “[a]ll individuals deserve competent and effective legal representation, regardless of their socio-economic status.”

“Thanks to SABA GB, I will be able to give back to the Boston community and will not have to incur further debt to do so,” Basaria added.

Meera Kamath is a rising second year student at Boston University School of Law and will be interning with the WilmerHale Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School. When asked what she was most looking forward to about her internship, Kamath responded that she is excited to
“[p]ursue my goal of doing public interest work this summer and learning more about the legal
issues concerning the Boston community.”

If you are interested in partnering with SABA GB in their 2012 legal intern fellowships, please
contact Sa’adiyah Masoud, President, South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston, at
smasoud@donovanhatem.com. SABA GB is a non-profit organization and a chapter of the
North American South Asian Bar Association. SABA GB strives to work with other bar
associations, governmental agencies and community groups to achieve greater involvement and
understanding of the American legal system by the South Asian community. For additional
information please visit www.sabagb.org.
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