The North American South Asian Law Students Association (NASALSA) is an 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to representing the interests of South Asian law students and legal professionals throughout the United States and Canada.
March Student Spotlight:
This month we are recognizing our 2015 NASALSA Secretary who has done such a phenomenal job with our website, newsletter, program, and promotional material! We are so grateful for her support and commitment to the South Asian community and look forward to seeing her grow as an attorney.
Meet Pooja Patel:
Case Western Reserve University, School of Law, J.D. Candidate, 2015
California State University, Long Beach, Bachelors of Arts in International Studies, 2011
I decided to attend law school after working as a Legal Assistant and Paralegal for Howard Law (f.k.a. Howard|Nassiri) for two years. As a Legal Assistant, I had the opportunity to interview potential clients and sit in on a variety of legal consultations. I was lucky to have great mentors who allowed me to explore many areas of the law – I worked on cases ranging from personal injury and criminal defense to predatory lending and employment. The variety of factors that are considered when implements a legal strategy sparked my interest in the law.
While many areas of the law interested me, I found myself pulled towards the labor and employment field when I worked at Elfvin & Besser during my first summer. In my second year of law school, I took many labor and employment focused courses. Through my schoolwork, I learned that labor and employment intersected the many areas of law that interested me including contract law, litigation, and business organization. My second summer I worked for Frantz Ward where I was exposed to more areas of employment law including the intersection of employment and construction law. After I sit for the Ohio Bar Exam this July, I will be returning to Frantz Ward to begin my legal career.
As a first year law student, I got involved with many student organizations. I was the 1L Representative for my school’s South Asian Law Students Association chapter. As a 3L, I served as the Secretary for its parent organization, the North American South Asian Law Students Association. NASALSA has helped me meet law students and network with a wide variety of attorneys across the nation.
Throughout my educational career, I have been blessed to have wonderful mentors. As a member of my schools South Asian Law Students association, I found South Asian mentors in older law students who helped me figure out how to select electives and navigate the tedious job application process. Most recently, I have joined the Asian American Bar Association of Ohio’s new mentor program as a mentee.
2015 NASALSA Conference
We are pleased to announce that our 17th Annual Conference will be held on February 20-21st, 2015 in the San Francisco Bay Area at Stanford Law School. Registration is now open and you can view those details under 2015 Conference tab or by visiting our Facebook page. If you would like to join our mailing list for updates, please sign up for individual membership in our membership tab.