– Celebrating SABA’s 21th Anniversary –

Highlighting the 2023 Annual Gala

For our 21 Annual Gala, we had the honor of featuring keynote speaker Amandeep Sidhu. We delved into his unwavering commitment to supporting Sikh Americans’ ability to serve in various branches of the military while preserving their articles of faith and identities as observant Sikhs intact.

Annual Gala Information

2023 Annual Dinner Flyer

Keynote Speaker Amandeep Sidhu

Sidhu Amandeep

Amandeep Sidhu, a partner at Winston & Strawn, is a nationally recognized litigator and is a co-founder of the Sikh Coalition, the largest civil and human rights non-profit organization in the United States dedicated to protecting the interests of the Sikh community. He has led lobbying efforts in the U.S. Congress regarding hate crimes, profiling, workplace, and public accommodation discrimination, and also serves as lead counsel in an ongoing effort to end the U.S. military’s presumptive ban on the service of observant Sikhs and other religious minorities.

Most recently, Mr. Sidhu represented a Sikh marine who sued the Marine Corps to be able to serve with his articles of faith, including his turban and facial hair. While litigation is ongoing, Ms. Singh was able to complete boot camp and graduated from the program in August 2023 with his articles of faith. Mr. Sidhu’s work, in partnership with the Sikh Coalition and other organizational partners, has led to historic policy changes in various branches of the military, including the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force, that has opened the door to over 60 observant Sikhs serving in the U.S. military.

*E-mail President Veneeta Jaswal at veneeta.jaswal@bipc.com to learn about sponsorship opportunities.

Our 2023 Sponsors


buchanan law firm
panish shea boyle ravipudi


Casey Gerry Logo
Latham Watkins Logo
Jackson Lewis Logo


sharif faust
Hueston Hennigan
Klinedinst Attorneys
Buchalter law firm
grid legal
The Dixon Firm Logo
Wingert Grebing Brubaker Juskie


Jones Day
South Asian Bar Association of San Diego
Other Supporters

Royal India

Lakeya Cherry

Hon. Marsha Amin

San Diego County Bar Association

Lawyers Club of San Diego

San Diego Asian American Legal Education Fund (SDAALEF)

Filipino American Lawyers of San Diego (FALSD)

Korean American Bar Association of San Diego (KABA-SD)

Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego (PALSD)

Tom Homann LGBTQ+ Law Association

Shireen Matthews

San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association

Winston Strawn LLP

Klinedinst Attorneys

List of Past Speakers

Year Speaker
2023 Amandeep Sidhu, partner at Winston & Strawn
2022 Hon. Najla Ayoubi of Afghanistan, Chief of Global Programs at Every Woman Treaty
2021 Honorable Bernadette D’Souza, Chief Judge of the Orleans Civil District Court
2019 Gurbir Grewal, Attorney General of New Jersey
2018 Ahilan T. Arulanantham, Senior Counsel at the ACLU of Southern California
2017 Paul Grewal, former Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Facebook, and former Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California
2016 Deepa Iyer, Author of We Too Sing America
2015 Honorable Sri Srinivasan, Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the District of
2014 Hon. Rupa Goswami, Judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California
2013 Justin S. Anand, U.S. magistrate judge for the Northern District of Georgia
2012 Anjali Chaturvedi, Assistant General Counsel, BP America, Inc