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SABA-DC Public Interest Fellowship Program

2020 Fellows


Reena Naik

Reena Naik is a rising third-year law student and Rubin-Presser Fellow at Temple University Beasley School of Law. She is originally from Birmingham, Alabama and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2016. After completing her undergraduate studies, Reena was selected as a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She served as the manager of the Sto-Rox Youth Partnership, a collaborative of 20+ organizations dedicated to the well-being of youth and families.

At Temple Law, Reena was the President of the South Asian Law Students Association and Co-Chair of the Immigration Committee. She also served as a Teaching Assistant for an Immigration Law course. This summer, she is interning at the Department of Justice in the Executive Office for Immigration Review, Office of the General Counsel. Her work includes reviewing pleadings involving novel or complex immigration litigation issues, drafting memoranda on substantive immigration law issues, and performing litigation-related assignments. In this role, she hopes to learn about the litigation and policy side of immigration.

Reena is interested in immigration law and policy, increasing access to legal representation in immigration court, and U.S. visa policy and regulation. She is grateful to be selected as a SABA-D.C. Public Interest Fellow and for the additional support and mentorship as she applies to post-graduate opportunities in immigration law. 


Saisha Nanduri

Saisha Nanduri is a rising 2L at Georgetown Law University Center. She is originally from Chicago, Illinois and graduated from The University of Michigan in 2016. Prior to joining law school, she served as a Public Health Educator with the Peace Corps in Guinea, focusing on maternal and child healthcare.

This summer, she is interning with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living, Office of Elder Justice and Adult Protective Services. While in this role, she has learned more about the discrimination that older adults face and how this results in social crises such as homelessness, increased health risks, and access to legal and community services. During her internship, she is working on producing legal aid toolkits for those involuntarily evicted from nursing homes, understanding the effect of the CARES Act on Medicare and Medicaid eligibility, and cataloging state guardianship regulation.

This internship has helped her gain experience in health policy from a federal perspective and learn more about one of our society’s most vulnerable populations. Consequently, she is developing skills to advocate for our most underserved communities within those populations to help create more equitable health care policies.

She is extremely excited and grateful to have been selected as a SABA-DC Public Interest Fellow to help her pursue my goals and provide her with a community in D.C. for the summer, during law school, and throughout her career.  She is truly grateful that SABA-DC is supporting her public service ambitions this summer.

Madhu Narasimhan

Madhu Narasimhan is a rising second-year JD candidate at the New York University (NYU) School of Law, where he is an Institute for International Law and Justice (IILJ) Joyce Lowinson Scholar. His academic/professional interests include foreign affairs, American politics & policy, technology, and grassroots public service. 

The SABA-DC Public Interest Fellowship is supporting Madhu's work as a summer 2020 legal intern at the World Bank in Washington, DC. He is assisting with the Bank's response to the coronavirus pandemic and developing legal research and resources for the Global Forum on Law, Justice, and Development. His work at the World Bank is motivated by his parents’ stories of growing up under challenging socioeconomic circumstances in Tamil Nadu, India.

Prior to entering law school, Madhu worked for six years. He was co-founder of a startup at the nexus of education, youth mentorship, and tech; a member of the Legal and Public Policy teams at Google; and a Fulbright Fellow in Malaysia.

Madhu graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2013, with a BA in political science and a minor in South Asian studies. He also studied at the London School of Economics and at the University of California’s Washington, DC Center.

 Madhu’s writings have appeared in numerous publications, including Foreign Affairs and The Diplomat.  A son of immigrants, Madhu was born and raised in Fremont, California.