The South Asian Bar Association of Las Vegas: A Young Organization Making a Strong Impact – Milan Chatterjee, Esq.
The South Asian Bar Association of North America (SABA) has 29 chapters across the U.S. and Canada. SABA strengthens the rapidly growing South Asian legal community with a recognized and trusted forum for professional growth, civil rights, diversity, and inclusion, and increasing access to justice within the South Asian community.
Prominent national members of SABA include Judge Sri Srinivasan, chief judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit; Vanita Gupta, U.S. Assistant Attorney General; Neal Katyal, former U.S. Acting Solicitor General and academician; Preet Bharara, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York; Paul S. Grewal, chief legal officer for Coinbase; and Gurbir S. Grewal, enforcement director for the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Establishment of SABA’s Las Vegas Chapter (SABA-LV) In 2019, Paul S. Padda, an attorney in Las Vegas, envisioned the idea of establishing a SABA-LV chapter.
At the time, I worked as in-house counsel at Las Vegas Sands Corp. – a Fortune 500 gaming and hospitality corporation. With my experience of serving as UCLA’s graduate student body president – where I represented more than 13,000 students from across the university while attending law school – Padda recognized my skills to effectively establish and lead our new SABA-LV chapter. Furthermore, I remain very connected with my South Asian heritage. I play the tabla (Indian classical drums) and have recorded four CDs with India’s leading classical musicians. Moreover, I have been involved with Indian associations in multiple states. As a result, Padda graciously recruited me to establish and lead SABA-LV. I was privileged to work with Padda; Swadeep Nigam, prominent South Asian political leader; Eric N. Kohli, of counsel at Lewis Roca; and Savera K. Sandhu, partner at Newmeyer Dillion, to establish SABA-LV.
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