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October 19, 2011

From Right, NASABA President Jolsna John, Keynote Speaker Chris Lu, and NASABA President Elect, Emilie Ninan


October 19, 2011, LAS VEGAS, NEVADA

            NASABA (North American South Asian Bar Association) held its annual Leadership Retreat in Las Vegas this weekend as NASABA Board members and Chapter Presidents attended from across the United States including members from California, Illinois, Philadelphia, Arizona, Delaware and Georgia among others.

            The NASABA event Began Friday evening when guests shuttled from the Cosmopolitan Hotel to the offices of Ballard Spahr, LLP a long-time supporter of NASABA and promoter of excellence and diversity in the legal profession. Ballard Spahr Partners and Associates mixed with NASABA executive leadership at a cocktail reception hosted and catered by the firm as they watched the lights on the Strip. Also in attendance were various members of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who shared ideas for advancing the goals and interests of the community and the profession at large in these challenging economic times.

            In attendance from the White House were various members of the Advisory Commission as well as keynote speaker Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary for the United States Chris Lu, Daphne Kwok, Chairperson of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and Toby Chaudhuri, Strategic Communications, White House initiatives. NASABA President Jolsna John welcomed and introduced Mr. Lu and presented him with a small token of thanks from NASABA before he spoke on the continued need for leadership and concerted effort in the community, identifying several specific areas of concern where greater joint effort and attention is required.

            Saturday morning arrived early as NASABA executive leadership and board members spent the day in meetings with many attending from out of state electronically. The day’s meetings were hosted by the law firm of Greenberg Traurig, another long time and generous NASABA supporter who donated a large amount of conference room space, computer and telephone access to facilitate NASABA’s national membership and communications needs.

            Among the issues addressed were budgets, NASABAS forthcoming new website which will be a massive social networking, search and professional development tool for NASABA members and those who need the well qualified help available from NASABA’s six thousand plus attorneys, social and legal issues and the approval of NASABA’s new Judicial Endorsement platform that will allow greater efficiency and confidentiality in NASABA officially endorsing candidates for the Judiciary  from both inside and outside the South Asian diaspora.

            The last official event of the Conference was a NASABA hosted dinner at one the Las Vegas Strip’s best Indian restaurants, Origin India, which was well attended and well received by all. NASABA leadership departed Sunday with plans, new friends and connections and new assignments to help prepare for the NASABA annual convention to be held in the summer of 2012 in Philadelphia. Sponsors such as General Motors and both regional and national law firms are already on board as sponsors, looking forward to supporting the efforts of NASABA and to exposing themselves to NASABA’s well qualified general membership.




And Visit www.NASABA.COM


NASABA, the North American South Asian Bar Association, serves as the umbrella organization for twenty-seven (27) regional South Asian bar associations throughout the United States and Canada. Together this group represents a growing national community of over 6,000 attorneys and law students making significant contributions in public service, private practice, business and academia.

NASABA attorneys provide skilled legal representation in a wide variety of practice areas including public service, litigation, labor and employment law, asset protection, immigration, intellectual property, advanced tax and estate planning, environmental law, real estate, bankruptcy, health care, criminal law, education and business law to name just a few.




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