Past Presidents

ShamaShama Mesiwala: Shama is a senior judicial attorney in the chambers of the Honorable Ronald B. Robie of the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, in Sacramento. She is an adjunct professor at UC Davis School of Law, teaching Appellate Advocacy.  Shama has been in our region since 1995 when she came to Davis to begin law school, and she lives in Davis with her spouse and son. As the co-founder of SABA of Sacramento, Shama welcomes hearing from you. She can be reached at

AmarAmar Shergill: Amar is a trial attorney with The Shergill Law Firm, practicing exclusively in personal injury and wrongful death. He is a member of the Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association and Consumer Attorneys of California. Amar has lived in the Sacramento area since 1996, and he enjoys participating in Cub Scouts and organized soccer with his children. Amar is committed to increasing the participation of South Asian attorneys in social, legal and political organizations. Amar can be reached at

NitiNiti Gupta: Niti is a Deputy Public Defender in Sacramento County where she began her legal career in 2007. She started out practicing in the adult misdemeanor unit where she secured a number of trial victories for her clients, then practiced in the juvenile division for three years, and now can be found downtown in the adult felony unit. She received her law degree from Santa Clara University.


NiravNirav Desai: Nirav is an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California, in Sacramento. Nirav previously served as a judicial law clerk to a Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Nirav is a past board member and scholarship chairperson of the ABAS Law Foundation. Nirav earned his law degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, in 2004, and his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2000.