The SABA-NC Trailblazer Award is given to an individual who has demonstrated professional excellence and true innovation in the practice of law.  A candidate for this award must be a trailblazer in his or her legal field and must have demonstrated dedication and service towards the profession and to SABA-NC's goals and objectives. This award should be for someone who has gone above and beyond the call of duty and has truly paved a new path for the legal issues he or she is working on. Kalpana Peddibhotla received this work in 2012 for her groundbreaking work in advocating on behalf of the former students of Tri-Valley University and for her work on immigrant rights.