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A Gift to Franklin High School
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The MurthyNAYAK Foundation made a $5000 donation to Franklin High School, in Reisterstown, Maryland, for their moot court competitions. Sheela Murthy and Aron Finkelstein of the Murthy Law Firm met with the principal of Franklin High School, several participants of the student moot court, and President of the Baltimore County Foundation Board, Deborah Phelps, mother…

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Baltimore Speaker Series: Murthy Sponsors Cameron, Former Prime Minister of U.K.
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Murthy Law Firm founder and president, Sheela Murthy, met the latest eminent guest to take the stage for Stevenson University’s Baltimore Speaker Series. The Murthy Law Firm proudly sponsored this event, and Murthy – a longtime supporter of Stevenson University, and former member of their Board of Trustees – had the privilege of meeting David…

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New Documentary Series Explores the Lives of Accomplished IndianAmericans, Starting With Sheela Murthy
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The Indian-based cable and satellite television channel Zee TV launched its latest series, Those Who Made It, on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Each 30-minute episode of the documentary-styled series explores the life of a different IndianAmerican who has risen to the top of his or her respective field. And, to kick off the show, Those…

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Annual Festival Presents Exciting New Films from South Asia
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The 6th annual DC South Asian Film Festival (DCSAFF) brought a variety of compelling new feature length films, shorts, and documentaries to the area this past weekend. The MurthyNAYAK Foundation is a sponsor of the event, and Murthy Law Firm founder and president Sheela Murthy was on hand for the festivities. Hosted by the nonprofit…

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Scholarship America Receives Funds from MurthyNAYAK Foundation
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The MurthyNAYAK Foundation is supporting Scholarship America in 2017. An organization that believes that every student deserves an opportunity to further his/her education beyond high school, regardless of financial circumstance, Scholarship America has helped more than 2.3 million students and distributed more than $3.7 billion. Investing in the education of our nation’s young people lifts…

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Tocqueville Society Member
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Sheela Murthy became a member of the prestigious Tocqueville Society of the United Way with her pledged donation of $1 million in 2008. Over the last decade she has given her time, talent, and treasure to United Way International and the United Way of Central Maryland, as well as the Women’s Leadership Council. Murthy believes…

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AIC American Heritage Awards – June 23, 2017
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For decades the Murthy Law Firm and the MurthyNAYAK Foundation have been major sponsors of a special gala of the American Immigration Council, celebrating the contributions of talented and gifted immigrants to the United States. Held annually, during the national conference of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Held in New Orleans, this year’s recipients…

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ASHA for Women 2017 Annual Fundraiser
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For more than a decade, the Sheela and the MurthyNAYAK Foundation have supported ASHA for Women and the good works they do, serving women in the SouthAsian community of greater Washington D.C. ASHA volunteers connect their clients, who are victims of domestic abuse, to housing and the professional services they may need in order to…

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11th Annual Women Spanning the Globe
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The 11th Annual Women Spanning the Globe Leadership Conference was held June 6, 2017, at Baltimore’s Visionary Arts Museum. This year’s conference is entitled, “Navigating Career, Family & the World.” Always working toward diversity and inclusion, there is also a session from “Men Who Get It.” Sheela Murthy offers the introduction this year. This is…

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Murthy/Reihl Lecture Series Presents Dr. John D. Groopman – April 2016
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On Thursday, April 7, 2016, Dr. John D. Groopman, Professor of Environmental Health Services at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, will speak on Global Cancer: The Future of Chronic Diseases, as part of the Murthy/Reihl Global Education Leadership Lecture Series. The series is funded by an endowment from Sheela Murthy, in memory…

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Philanthropy: Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk
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If one were to wonder about Sheela Murthy’s commitment to philanthropy, it could not be made more apparent than on Saturday, October 19, 2014. On that beautiful autumn day, Murthy participated in two major events in greater Washington D.C. The first was as moderator of a panel at the Philanthropy Conference of the American Bazaar,…

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One Life that Touched Many Others
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Not everyone who knows of the Murthy Law Firm knows the other side of this world-renowned legal practice. We describe the law firm as the brain of our operation. It has been working hard for 20 years, filing cases for our clients, helping many immigrants to fulfill their American dreams, and building a reputation for…

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United Way Honors Sheela Murthy with Clementine Peterson Award
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Each year, the United Way of Central Maryland (UWCM) presents the Clementine Peterson Award to an outstanding member of its Women’s Leadership Council (WLC). At a ceremony on June 26, 2014, the UWCM conferred this prestigious honor on Sheela Murthy, founder and president of the Murthy Law Firm, whose work on behalf of UWCM has…

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Murthy Pays It Forward with $1 Million Gift to AIC Immigration Programs
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Profoundly grateful to her adopted country for so many opportunities to fulfill her own American dream – more opportunities than she could ever repay – Sheela Murthy is paying it forward. She has committed to a 20-year, $1 million gift to the American Immigration Council (AIC), a Washington D.C.-based think tank, and the nation’s leading…

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Murthy Announces Pratham Gala, Raising Funds For Child Literacy in India
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As an active member of Pratham D.C.’s Board of Directors, Sheela Murthy is asking fellow child-literacy advocates to save the date for Pratham’s annual fundraising gala, to be held in the D.C. area on the evening of Saturday, October 4, 2014. Ms. Murthy, founder and president of the Murthy Law Firm has made a substantial…

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Murthy Co-Chairs 2013 Journey Home Gala to Benefit Baltimore’s Homeless
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Murthy Law Firm founder and president, Sheela Murthy, has a deep commitment to helping those less fortunate, so she could hardly say no when she was asked to co-chair the 2013 fundraising gala for The Journey Home, a project designed to combat homelessness in Baltimore. The event was held on October 19th at the Baltimore…

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MNF and Seniors’ Group Making a Difference in Bangalore Schools
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Earlier this month, the United Nations sponsored a worldwide observance of the International Day of Older Persons. This year’s theme was: “the future we want: what older persons are saying,” which highlighted international efforts to place aging issues at the top of the international development agenda. [See United Nations International Day of Older Persons 2013,…

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Murthy Gives CCBC $50,000 Grant for Global Education Lectures
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Murthy Law Firm founder and president, Sheela Murthy, is not just an advocate for international education; she has a deep philanthropic commitment to the cause as well. Just in time for the start of the new school year, Murthy has generously provided a $50,000 endowment to establish the Sheela Murthy / Donna Riehl Global Lecture…

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Murthy Attends United Way Women’s Leadership Council Event
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Murthy Law Firm founder and president, Sheela Murthy, joined prominent businesswomen from around the region at a reception for members of the Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) of the United Way of Central Maryland (UWCM). The Murthy Law Firm sponsored this event, which was held at the Center Club in Baltimore on June 10, 2013. The…

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Murthy Attends United Way Tocqueville Society Events
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Murthy Law Firm founder and president, Sheela Murthy, is an active member of the United Way of Central Maryland’s (UWCM) Tocqueville Society, which honors major donors who have shown exemplary generosity in their annual giving. She recently attended two of its events. Murthy attended the April 11th Tocqueville Leaders Gathering at the Willard Hotel in…

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Murthy Sponsors Dinner Honoring Dr. Madhav Chavan of Pratham
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Murthy Law Firm founder and president, Sheela Murthy, was master of ceremonies at an April 24th, dinner honoring Dr. Madhav Chavan, founder and CEO of India’s renowned educational nonprofit, Pratham. The event was held at Bombay Tandoor in Vienna, Virginia, and hosted by Pratham’s Washington D.C. chapter. The Murthy Law Firm was a proud sponsor…

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Murthy Active in SAALT
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Murthy Law Firm founder and president, Sheela Murthy, attended an April 19th VIP reception at the 2013 National South Asian Summit in Washington D.C., an event organized by SAALT, South Asian Americans Leading Together. SAALT is a national, nonpartisan nonprofit that works to strengthen the voice and influence of South Asians in the United States,…

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Murthy Chairs CCBC Global Education Gala
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Sheela Murthy, founder and president of the Murthy Law Firm, was this year’s honorary chair for the Community College of Baltimore County’s (CCBC) annual fundraising gala – An International Affair: Passport to Global Education – held on April 13th in Baltimore. The event was a roaring success, and was attended by upwards of 700 people.…

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Sheela Murthy to Co-Chair Event to Aid Baltimore’s Homeless
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Murthy Law Firm founder and president, Sheela Murthy, co-hosted a luncheon at the Center Club on January 29th to kick off this year’s fundraising effort for the Journey Home, a joint initiative of the City of Baltimore and the United Way of Central Maryland, which are working together to make homelessness rare and brief. Ms.…

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Murthy Kicks Off Fundraising Drive for International Education
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Murthy Law Firm founder and president, Sheela Murthy, was the featured speaker, at the International Week Global Lecture Series at the Essex campus of the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC) on November 15th. Murthy, who is honorary chair of CCBC’s Global Education Initiative, spoke about her path “From Immigrant to Expert,” tracing her personal…

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Pratham D.C. Gala Raises Money to Educate Children in India
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On November 3rd, Pratham D.C. – the local chapter of the internationally renowned educational foundation, Pratham – held its first-ever fundraising gala in Vienna, VA. The event was a rousing success, attended by leaders of the region’s IndianAmerican community, whose combined generosity raised a healthy sum to educate disadvantaged children in India. As the event’s…

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Sheela Murthy Helps Raise $250,000 to Feed Indian Children
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At a fundraising dinner in Northern Virginia on Sunday (23.Sep.2012), Murthy Law Firm founder and president, Sheela Murthy, helped raise $250,000 from an enthusiastic gathering of the region’s IndianAmerican business elite, all to benefit the Akshaya Patra Foundation. The Bangalore-based nonprofit serves hot lunches to more than 1.4 million school children every day, in ten…

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Murthy Throws First Pitch to Honor Girl Scouts’ 100th Anniversary
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While some 40,000 fans were looking on, Sheela Murthy threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Orioles-Nationals baseball game on Sunday, June 24th at Baltimore’s Camden Yards. As part of the Girl Scouts’ Grand Slam 100th Anniversary Celebration, Murthy was chosen to do the honors. She is a longtime supporter of the Girl Scouts,…

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Murthy Honored at Children’s Guild Gala
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Hundreds of friends, family members, and well-wishers packed the ballroom at Valley Mansion in Cockeysville, MD last Saturday to honor Sheela Murthy for her outstanding humanitarian work and philanthropy. The applause was thunderous when Ms. Murthy took the stage to receive the 2012 Sadie Award from the Children’s Guild at their annual gala fundraiser, Cabaret…

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Sheela Murthy Leads Girl Scouts Kickoff in Annapolis
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Murthy Law Firm Founder and President, Sheela Murthy, gave the opening remarks at the Girl Scouts USA kickoff celebration of the Year of the Girl campaign at the State House in Annapolis in February. The event celebrated the Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary as a national organization, and 50 years of distinguished service to girls in…

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Sheela Murthy to Serve as Chair of CCBC’s Global Education Committee
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Murthy Poised to Help CCBC with its Work in Global Education Baltimore, Md. – (17.Feb.2012): The Community College of Baltimore County is pleased to announce that the prominent and internationally renowned U.S. immigration law attorney, Sheela Murthy, has agreed to serve as the honorary chair of CCBC’s Global Education Committee. Murthy is the founder and…

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I-Fund Honors Murthy for Her Commitment to Higher Education
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The Independent College Fund of Maryland – also known as the I-Fund – honored Sheela Murthy at their Evening of Excellence celebration, held in the Athenaeum of Goucher College on February 8, 2012. Murthy is the proud recipient of this year’s I-Fund Leadership Award, a prestigious prize bestowed on an outstanding businessperson who exemplifies the…

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Setting A Good Example For Indian Philanthropy
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Move over, Bill Gates and Michael Bloomberg: you have company! According to BBC News, one of India’s richest men – software billionaire Azim Premji, of Bangalore’s Wipro Systems – has pledged a cool $2 billion to fund rural education and development projects in India. (See Are India’s Rich Not Philanthropic Enough?, by Southik Biswas, BBC…

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Attorney Murthy Chairs Domestic Violence Awareness Event
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Women’s rights and women’s education are among the key concerns of Attorney Sheela Murthy’s philanthropic work. Preventing domestic violence is an important part of this effort, and for the past several years, Sheela Murthy and her husband, documentary filmmaker Vasant Nayak, have supported the work of the Asian Women’s Self Help Association – ASHA for…

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MD Chamber Honors Murthy Law Firm for Corporate Philanthropy
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The Maryland Chamber of Commerce and the Baltimore Business Journal recently honored the Murthy Law Firm for its commitment to corporate philanthropy, presenting a Maryland Business Philanthropy Award to our firm and two other companies, “whose philanthropic efforts have made Maryland a better place to live, work, and do business.” The Business Philanthropy Award was…

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