SABA-SD is dedicated to promoting the interests of the South Asian community within the legal fabric of the community at large. SABA-SD will consider candidates for the following positions: a) State and federal judiciary; b) Non-partisan, appointed positions in local, state, or federal government; c) Bar association officers at the local, state, and national levels.
SABA-SD does not endorse candidates in partisan elections for political office due to its nonpartisan status as a bar association.
FACTORS CONSIDERED FOR ENDORSEMENT
The following factors shall be a guide in evaluating candidates seeking SABA-SD’s endorsement. These factors are neither mandatory nor exclusive, and the Scholarship & Endorsement Committee (“Endorsement Committee”) will use its discretion in applying and weighing the demonstration of these factors:
- Professional qualifications, including: a) Qualifications for the position sought; b) Experience; c) Integrity; d) Reputation; e) Temperament; and f) Scholarship, published writings and comments, public statements, and other professional experience.
- Personal traits appropriate to the position, including interpersonal, analytical and problem solving skills.
- Commitment to the rights of, or to the advancement of persons and issues relevant to, the South Asian community in the United States.
- The likelihood of future involvement with the South Asian community.
- Commitment to the rights of, or to the advancement of, other underrepresented communities.
- Any civic engagement with the San Diego community, legal and otherwise.
- Ability to add diversity to the position for which the candidate seeks endorsement.
- The opinions and assessments of those individuals, known to the SABA Board, that currently serve or have served as opposing counsel, co-counsel, co-workers, or direct supervisors to the candidate.
- Particular subject matter expertise in an area of the law duly relevant to the position for which the candidate seeks endorsement.
- A history of pro bono work or other help serving the disadvantaged communities of San Diego or any duties discharged to serve that end.
- The candidate’s particular interest in serving at the position for which the candidate seeks endorsement, and the reasons for seeking appointment now.
- The candidate’s personal background, story and experiences.
- Membership in any organization, political or otherwise.
ENDORSEMENT REQUEST PROCEDURE
To be considered for endorsement, the candidate shall provide: (1) a written request (an email would suffice) identifying the appointment or position sought, the request should be sent to the Endorsement Committee Chairperson(s); (2) a resume or curriculum vitae; and (3) a list of at least three references. The Endorsement Committee may request additional materials.
The Endorsement Committee may conduct personal interviews of all candidates for endorsement, whenever possible. If a face-to-face interview is not possible, the Committee may permit a telephonic interview, electronic interview or written questionnaire.
All internal deliberations regarding a candidate’s application for endorsement shall remain confidential and shall not be disclosed.
SABA-SD reserves all rights to disclose its endorsement of any particular candidate to the public. SABA-SD also reserves the right to decline any inquiry made from a member of the public, news/media, or the candidate him/herself about an endorsement.