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South Asian Bar Association of Las Vegas Doles Out $15,000 in Scholarship

In a recently held luncheon meeting, the South Asian Bar Association of Las Vegas (SABA-LV) awarded five Scholarships worth $3,000 each to five UNLV Law School students. With a commitment to advance law education and encourage the younger generation of future lawyers, SABA-LV became the first local Indian Organization to award a copious amount of Scholarships to deserving students. Additionally, the association invited high school and college students and their families for information about a career in law. 

SABA-LV Board Member Eric Kohli with Mike Ghazar

The five recipients with diverse backgrounds were elated to receive the unrestricted scholarship money. Two scholarship recipients, Mike Ghazar and Yvette Almonte, attended the luncheon. Other scholarship recipients, Arun Luckoor, Hannah Gagow, and Asia Lawson, could not participate in the luncheon due to their prior commitments for the long Labor Day weekend.

At the Law School, scholarship recipient Mike serves as the Estate Planning Society’s President and Treasurer of the Immigrants’ Rights Coalition. As an active volunteer in a student-run clinic, Mike guides low-income and immigrant families through filling out legal forms and paperwork.

SABA-LV Board Member Eric Kohli with Yvette Almonte

First-year Law Student Yvette Almonte serves as the Community Service Director for the Boyd Law School chapter of the American Constitution Society.

With a commitment to community service, Arun Luckoor, a graduate of Rutgers University, is focused on organizing and conducting bone marrow drives to reduce a disparity of 1 in 20,000 South Asians finding their life-saving bone marrow match.

Hannah Gagow graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas Christian University in May 2022 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. Hannah is a first-year law student at UNLV Boyd School of Law. In the community service front, Hannah mentors children about the judicial process who were victims or witnesses of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, and other crimes. Additionally, Hanna serves as a Law Clerk at the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada at their Children’s Attorney Project.

Asia Lawson with SABA-LV Director Eric Kohli

Asia Lawson is a graduate of UNLV with a Bachelor’s in Political Science. At Boyd Asia, serves as Vice President of the International Law Society, Events director of the Organization of Women Law Students, and other community service projects. As the Community Liason for the Environmental Law Society, Asia is committed to environmental rights and conservation to raise awareness in the Southern Nevada Legal Community.

Addressing the attendees, the SABA-LV Director Kohli recognized the State Bar of Nevada for supporting and contributing to the scholarships. In handing over the scholarship checks, Kohli announced the continuation of the Scholarship, subject to funding, in 2024. Beginning January 2024, SABA-LV will announce another phase of Scholarships to deserving law school students and college seniors for their LSAT preparation. Kohli recognized the State Bar of Nevada for their support and contribution towards the scholarships.

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