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Attendees, Speakers and NASABA Make History in Boston at Seventh Annual Convention

July 2, 2010
Former Asst. Treasury Secretary Neel Kashkari addresses NASABA.

True to its theme, “Making History,” the Seventh Annual Convention of the North American South Asian Bar Association (“NASABA”) highlighted numerous South Asians making history in the legal and governmental spheres. More than four hundred attendees descended on the Boston Intercontinental Hotel for the Convention held from June 24 – 27, 2010. NASABA and the South Asian Bar Association of Greater Boston jointly hosted the Convention, which featured substantive, legal, civic, and social programs of the highest caliber.

Three South Asian Supreme Court Veterans Review the Court's Last Term.

Three veterans of Supreme Court argument review the last year's decisions. Photo by Asad Butt.

The Convention’s substantive program opened on Friday, June 25 with a plenary breakfast session reviewing the past year’s Supreme Court cases. Sri Srinivasan, who has argued 17 cases before the Supreme Court, Kannon Shanmugam, with ten under his belt, and Pratik Shah, with five, reviewed noteworthy cases interpreting the Government’s key white collar crime tool, whether sports leagues are single entities for antitrust purposes and whether unique business methods are patentable inventions. Also on Friday, Hon. Ravi K. Sandill, a judge in Harris County, Texas, led a discussion with congressional candidates Manan Trivedi (Penn. 6th) and Raj Goyle (Kan. 4th) on their experiences in mounting campaigns.

Former Asst. Treasury Secretary Neel Kashkari addresses NASABA.

Former Assistant Treasury Secretary Neel Kashkari, who managed the TARP, explains his role in helping avert another Great Depression. Photo by Asad Butt.

The lineup of history makers continued on Saturday, with former Assistant Treasury Secretary Neel Kashkari. Mr. Kashkari, who managed the formation and implementation of the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (“TARP”) under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, spoke about the need for historic action by the federal government to avoid a repeat of the Great Depression. On Saturday night Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, which includes New York City, gave the keynote address at the Gala Dinner.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharrara of the Southern District of New York delivers the Gala Keynote address.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara offered keynote remarks on Saturday night. Photo by Asad Butt.

Hon. Amul R. Thapar, U.S. District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Kentucky, received NASABA’s Pioneer Award as the first South Asian District Court judge and the youngest Article III judge on the federal bench. NASABA gave its Cornerstone Award to a number of deserving recipients, including Hon. Vijay Chand Gandhi, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Central District of California. Other Cornerstone Award recipients included attorneys Neil Sherring, Inderpreet Sawhney and Paul Grewal. Nisha Agarwal, director of the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest’s Health Justice Program, and the Sikh Coalition received NASABA’s Public Interest Achievement Awards. NASABA gave its Enterprise Award to Pratt & Whitney, for its attention to corporate social responsibility. NASABA’s award for Corporate Counsel Achievement went to Mark Roellig, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of MassMutual Financial Group and the Law Firm Achievement Award went to Greenberg Traurig LLP. SABA District of Columbia received NASABA’s Outstanding Program Award for its Reception honoring 40 South Asian Americans appointed to President Obama’s administration. NASABA honored SABA Northern California, which boasts more than 400 Members and 20 Life Members, as its 2010 Outstanding Chapter.

These and other luminaries from the legal community, judiciary, political arena, and business sector made NASABA’s Seventh Annual Convention truly historic.

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