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NASABA Bringing Hot Yoga, Mayor Villaraigosa and One Thousand Attorneys to L.A. Live

June 3, 2011

From June 23 – 26, 2011, the North American South Asian Bar Association (“NASABA”) and the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California (“SABA-SC”) bring the ultimate educational and networking event for attorneys interested in issues facing South Asians to Downtown Los Angeles.  World-famous yoga guru Bikram Choudhury, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa and noted Washington insider Rich Verma headline a fantastic slate of speakers and events. NASABA’s Eighth Annual Convention, at the brand new J.W. Marriott Hotel at Los Angeles’ premier entertainment complex, LA Live, is suitably themed “Reaching for the Stars.” NASABA invites you to Los Angeles to experience the noteworthy speakers, valuable panel sessions, and events that NASABA has in store for its highly regarded Annual Convention.

Mayor Villaraigosa will headline the welcome reception at 6:30 on Thursday, June 23.  Now in his second term, Mayor Villaraigosa was first elected on May 17, 2005 and sworn in to office on July 1, 2005. Mayor Villaraigosa is known for his exceptional skill at building broad bi-partisan coalitions and is considered one of the leading progressive voices in the country. His mayoral platform emphasizes finding solutions to the major issues facing Los Angeles including education, transportation, public safety, and economic development.

Yogiraj Bikram Choudhury will discuss his experience at the forefront of intellectual property law, protecting yoga techniques from theft. Bikram is the founder of the worldwide Yoga College of India™, and espouses a unique school of yoga beloved to followers worldwide. Born in Calcutta in 1946, Bikram began Yoga at the age of four with India’s most-renowned physical culturist at that time, Bishnu Ghosh. Bikram later on devised the 26 postures sequence, which work irrespective of age groups. These 26 postures series has a profound healing power on the body and mind. Bikram conducts yoga workshops, lectures and seminars throughout the world.

Rich Verma served the Obama Administration as the Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs. He recently rejoined the Washington office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP as a partner in the International, National and Homeland Security, and Government Affairs and Public Policy Groups. He draws upon years of domestic and international experience, in the legislative and executive branches as well as in private practice, helping organizations navigate complex legal, regulatory, and policy challenges globally and in Washington. At the State Department, Mr. Verma was Secretary Clinton’s principal advisor on congressional affairs. Earlier in his career, Mr. Verma served as a senior policy advisor to Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid. In those capacities, he played a key role in shaping many consequential legislative initiatives in the post-9/11 era involving counterterrorism, homeland security, and intelligence reform matters.

The NASABA Convention is the place for attorneys of South Asian descent and attorneys and law students interested in issues facing South Asian-Americans and South Asia to meet, learn, and network. Last year’s Convention in Boston, offered attendees a unique line-up of history-making South Asian attorneys and professionals, including appellate litigators with more than 30 Supreme Court cases under their belts, the first South Asian federal judge, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and the Treasury Department’s $700 Billion Dollar Man. The 2011 Convention promises to deliver even more. Join NASABA this year for memorable experiences and prolific events and opportunities.

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