South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut Begins its 20th Year with New Officers

HARTFORD — The South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut (SABAC) elected a new board of directors last week, elevating new experienced members to its top offices while continuing with steady leadership on much of its executive board and adding the position of Immediate Past President.

Rachna Khanna was elected President for the next two years, succeeding Nandita Ruchandani. Khanna said, “I look forward to representing the South Asian legal community as we embark on celebrating our 20th year. As SABAC president, I hope to take our organization to new heights by collaborating with local communities as well as national organizations. My goal is to ensure that South Asians have a greater voice and find equal opportunity and representation in the legal arena.”

Yamuna Menon was elected to serve as Vice President, marking her first elevation to serve SABAC as part of its executive board. Menon said, “It is truly an honor and a privilege to serve as incoming Vice President, and as we celebrate SABAC’s twenty-year anniversary, I look forward to building upon that legacy in the coming years.”

Meanwhile, continuing in their prior roles on SABAC’s executive board: Raj Mahale will serve as secretary, John Mutchler as treasurer, and Ben Diessel as communications director. Ruchandani, after a successful two years at the helm with fundraising and membership growth, will remain on SABAC’s executive board in a newly created position: Immediate Past President. In this role, Ruchandani will assist Khanna and Menon with the transition in leadership, building on the achievements of her term to position SABAC for continued momentum.

SABAC is excited for the upcoming year and confident in its new leadership, including its new President and Vice President duo, Khanna and Menon. SABAC is also grateful to Ruchandani for her tremendous leadership over the past two years.
Founded in 2004, SABAC has since served as a resource for the state’s lawyers and law students of South Asian descent for professional development and growth, networking, and community outreach. SABAC is focused on advancing diversity and equity in the Connecticut legal space and for the state’s South Asian residentsin their professional and personal endeavors. Legal professionals and law students wishing to join SABAC can do so through the organization’s member portal on its website: