Khushi Desai is currently a 1L at UC Davis, School of Law, with an interest in pursing a career involving international business transactions. Besides being the co-president of NASALSA, she serves as the Ambassador of Human Rights, staff editor with the Business Law Journal, and a competitor with the Negotiations Team at King Hall.
She earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Psychology with high-honors from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Along the way, she has interned at multiple law firms in Mumbai, with the in-house legal team at the Tata Sky headquarters, and for a judge in the Washtenaw County Trial Court in Michigan. She also has extensive experience mediating conflict and facilitating dialogue through her Program Coordinator position at the University of Michigan Office of Student Conflict Resolution.
She finds time to enjoy horseback riding, hot Ashtanga yoga, and the occasional glass of sweet moscato!
Anannya Tripathy, Co-President, Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law
Anannya Tripathy is a Conwell Scholar at the Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law (Class of 2017) and the 2015-2016 Co-President of the North American South Asian Law Students Association (NASALSA). She was awarded the Judge William F. Marutani Fellowship, which is awarded yearly to two students with a demonstrated commitment to public service. Anannya has authored two articles in the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation’s Access to Justice journal, “The Aftermath of Steubenville: Implications on Future Juvenile Cases” and “Obstacle in Indian Law Reform Addressing Sexual Assault of Women.” She has also written articles on Life/Wellness/Motivation for Elite Daily, a popular online news platform. Additionally, Anannya has been volunteering since 2009 at ActionAIDS, a Philadelphia nonprofit dedicated to empowering those living with HIV/AIDS. Anannya earned her B.A. in Psychology from Temple University in 2012, where she was a Dean’s Scholar and a two-time recipient of the Community Service & Civic Engagement Initiative Award, which is awarded annually to one student who made outstanding efforts in the area of community service. When not busy with law school, this self-proclaimed “phoodie” can be found indulging in the City of Brotherly Love’s renowned food scene, doing Pilates, binge-watching “Suits”, or exploring a new city.
Erika Solanki, Vice President, University of California, Berkeley Law
Erika K. Solanki is a student at Berkeley Law (’17) interested in practicing transactional law. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (’12),summa cum laude. She served as a Diversity Legal Fellow at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP in Los Angeles from July 2013 to June 2014. She is interested in cross-border transactions, international economics, emerging markets, emerging companies, venture capital, and real estate development. Her involvement in NASALSA stems from her interest in prioritizing and celebrating diverse perspectives in the legal profession.
Rosie Bains, Secretary, Lincoln Law School of Sacramento
Rosie Bains is currently a second year law student at Lincoln Law School of Sacramento and aspires to one day practice Immigration. While working full time and attending evening classes, Rosie has also been an active participant in student organizations at Lincoln. She is currently the Secretary for the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, Staff Writer for the Voir Dire Legal Journal and Class Representative of Delta Theta Phi-Earl Warren Senate. Additionally, she is a Sikh Advocate and participated in congressional meetings in Washington D.C.
Rosie’s interest include serving as a mentor and choreographer to South Asian high school students for annual Bhangra and Bollywood Dance performances. She was fortunate to have the opportunity to be an extra in a 2010 Bollywood movie titled, My Name is Khan.
Sanjit Rai, Treasurer, Santa Clara University School of Law
Sanjit Rai is 1L at Santa Clara University School of Law. She is interested in business law, specifically technology, startups, sports, and entertainment. Sanjit enjoys baking and eating cupcakes, as well as watching the Golden State Warriors play basketball.
Imran Khundkar is a second year law student at UC Irvine School of Law. He grew up in Los Angeles and Huntington Beach, and received his bachelors degree in Anthropology. At law school, he currently works with the Immigrant Rights Clinic and the Legal Aid Society of Orange County in representing indigent clients throughout Southern California. Imran has also been on the board for UC Irvine’s Election Law Society, and the Women’s Law Society. Outside of class, he enjoys reading ethnographies, cooking Hyderabadi food, and watching classic films.
Ronak Shah, Midwest Regional Delegate, University of Wisconsin Law School
Ronak grew up on Devon Avenue in Chicago, an ethnic enclave referred to as “Little India.” This gave him a strong upbringing in understanding and appreciating issues that affect the South Asian community. Currently a second-year student at the University of Wisconsin Law School, Ronak wants to continue to foster diversity within his law school and the legal community in Wisconsin. When not in class, he enjoys watching his beloved Chicago Cubs, struggling at golf, and Madison’s lakes.
Shikha Patel, Northeast Regional Delegate, University of Connecticut School of Law
Shikha is currently a 2L at the University of Connecticut School of Law and co-delegate for the Northeast Region 1 of NASALSA. She is originally from New Jersey and obtained a Bachelors degree in Accounting from Rutgers University. Shikha aspires to be a corporate tax attorney after graduating from UConn Law. At school, Shikha is the President of UConn’s SALSA chapter, Secretary for the Public Interest Law Group and is an Associate member of the Connecticut Journal of International Law. She spent the summer working at Chugh, LLP in New Jersey, as the corporate and litigation legal intern.
Shikha’s interests range from sketching and painting to dancing. She is classically trained in Bharatnatyam and was a member of her undergraduate school’s nationally competing Bollywood Fusion dance team. Some of her favorite TV shows include: Grey’s Anatomy, Suits, Friends, and Game of Thrones.
Madiha Malik, Northeast Regional Delegate, University of Connecticut School of Law
Madiha Malik is a 3L at the University of Connecticut School of Law. After growing up in the small town of Old Lyme, CT, Madiha attended the George Washington University where she studied Journalism and International Affairs. While at GW, Madiha was involved in student organizations on campus and followed her passion for bringing to the forefront issues relevant to the South Asian community. Among other initiatives, Madiha organized Project Pakistan, a campus-wide fundraiser to support victims of the 2011 earthquake in Pakistan. After graduating from GW, Madiha worked at a financial services law firm in Washington, D.C. for two years, after which she returned to her home state of Connecticut to pursue her dream of becoming a lawyer. Madiha continues her activism at law school and is involved in organizations including the Pro Se campus newspaper, the Connecticut Law Review, the South Asian Law Students Association, and the Diversity Committee. This Fall semester, Madiha is interning with the Department of Justice’s Civil Division in Washington, D.C. Outside of class and extra curricular activities, Madiha enjoys spending time with friends and family and exploring new ways to stay active.
Vishwanath K. Mohan is the Western Regional Delegate of the North American Law Students Association (NASALSA). He was born in India in a family with many accomplished lawyers. However, initially he pursued his love and passion for science and became a Mechanical Engineer. Eventually, he decided to enter the legal profession. He came to the U.S. for his J.D., which he is currently pursuing at UC Irvine School of Law. He entered law school knowing exactly that he wished to be an Intellectual Property lawyer.
He is actively involved with many local bar associations and student organizations in various leadership capacities. However, after sensing that the South Asian population was underrepresented in the legal population (both law students and lawyers) he founded SALSA at UC Irvine School of Law in his first year. He is also the President of the same.
Along being passionate about helping to increase and promote diversity in the legal profession, he is also very passionate about travelling. He speaks 8 languages and has travelled to around 25 countries. He is also very passionate about fitness, music, and art.
Randeep Nijjar, Canada Regional Delegate, York University Osgoode Hall Law School
Randeep is currently a second year J.D. student at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Canada and holds a Honors Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from York University in Toronto. At law school, he has worked as a caseworker on The Innocence Project, is an executive member of Osgoode’s South Asian Law Students Association for the past two years, and completed a summer exchange at Monash University’s campus in Prato, Italy. This summer Randeep will be working at Baker & McKenzie LLP, in the Toronto office.