Sabina Khan joined Garbarini & Scher as an associate in 2018. Prior to beginning at the firm, Sabina dedicated five years as a public defender at the Legal Aid Society’s (LAS) Criminal Defense Practice. As a criminal defense attorney, Sabina achieved dismissals at trial for a number of indigent clients facing serious misdemeanor and felony charges. In 2014, Sabina initiated a successful campaign challenging the New York City Department of Corrections’ practice of holding undocumented clients past their judicially authorized time of release for immigration enforcement. Sabina’s recognition of the illegal nature of this detention and practice of filing writs of habeas corpus ultimately helped lead to a city-wide change in the law, restricting ICE’s presence in Rikers Island and limiting New York City’s cooperation with the federal government concerning undocumented defendants. Sabina also initiated an office-wide campaign to obtain summaries of officer misconduct from the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB), which ultimately led to a lawsuit filed by LAS against the CCRB for its refusal to provide misconduct records related to the death of Eric Garner, who passed away after being placed in a chokehold by the NYPD.
Sabina earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science at Barnard College of Columbia University, and her Juris Doctor degree from the CUNY School of Law, where she was as a staff editor for the CUNY Law Review, was awarded the Charles H. Revson Public Interest Fellowship and worked as a judicial intern for the Hon. Judge Diccia Pineda-Kirwan.
New York, 2014