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Leadership Retreat 2016

Los Angeles

We’re excited that SABA SoCal is hosting this year’s Leadership Retreat! We hope that you will join us in beautiful Los Angeles. Leadership Retreat is open to the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Chapter Presidents, Committee & Section Chairs, Convention Committee, National Advisory Council and Foundation Trustees. This is the time of year when SABA North America’s Leadership is able to get together and plan not only for the upcoming year, but for our organization’s long-term plans.

When: September 23-25

Where: Millennium Biltmore – Click on the hotel’s name to register online or call (213) 624-1011 reserve your room. Be sure to mention “South Asian Bar Association” when you book.

  • Register: So that we can plan appropriately, please be sure to sign up (for free) using the button below. If you are not a Retreat Attendee, and would like to attend the Welcome Reception, you can purchase tickets here. If you have already registered, scroll down for more details.

We’d like to thank our Sponsors.

Without them, our Leadership Retreat would be much less productive.

Retreat Sponsors
Diamond Sponsor
Gold Sponsors
Dordi Williams Cohen The Chugh Firm Stone Grzegorek & Gonzalez
Esquire Solutions EB5 Brics LLC
Silver Sponsors
Fox Rothschild LLP Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP Minyard Morris LLP
O’Melveny & Myers LLP Veritext
Friends of SABA
Anjan Choudhury (Munger Tolles & Olson LLP) | Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance (APAWLA) | Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles (APABA) | Jay Srinivasan (Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP) | Kalpana Srinivasan (Susman Godfrey LLP) | Orange County Asian American Bar Association (OCAABA) | Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP | Purvi Patel (Morrison & Foerster LLP) | SABA – San Diego | Shireen Becker  (Jones Day LLP)

We’d also like to thank SABA Southern California for their hard work in hosting this Retreat!



Friday Evening Welcome Reception – 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

SABA SoCal’s Welcome Reception which will be hosted by Morrison Foerster (top floor of the Aon Building, 707 Wilshire Boulevard). We are pleased to be joined by the Hon. Rupa Goswami, past SABA-SoCal President and 2011 SABA North America Public Interest Achievement awardee in 2011; and by Mentor of the Year, Firdaus Dordi, Partner at Dordi Williams Cohen, LLP. Dress Code: Business attire.

SABA SoCal has even arranged an after party for us at the Library Bar in downtown, starting at 9:00 p.m. We draw the line at after-after parties.

Saturday Board Meeting & Breakout Sessions – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Gibson Dunn (333 South Grand Avenue) will host our Leadership for Saturday’s Board Meeting from 9 a.m. –  noon, as well as for lunch and our work sessions that afternoon. You will need to have ID for security. Dress Code: Business Casual

A call-in number will be provided for the Board meeting so that Board members who were not able to attend can participate remotely. We will be voting on several important issues, so each chapter’s participation is crucial. An agenda and board materials will be distributed by Wednesday.

The afternoon breakout sessions will provide our attendees a chance to meet with each other to share ideas on specific topics. The topic areas will be determined by requests we have had and by issues that come up during the morning meeting.

Saturday Evening Networking Event – 6 p.m.

Saturday evening we’ll take time to enjoy Los Angeles and network. We will be having a buffet-style dinner in the Cantina Room at Mas Malo (515 West 7th Street). This cost is NOT covered by SABA. Please bring $65.50 in cash (tax and tip are included) because it’s not reasonable to ask our server run 50 credit cards. After dinner, we will adjourn to Clifton’s Cafeteria. Dress Code: Stylish – No athletic wear of any kind (including backpacks, shorts, jerseys, hoodies, ball caps). No flip-flops, sandals, tennis shoes or athletic shoes. No t-shirts or collarless shirts for men, even if worn under a blazer. No torn or baggy jeans.


There is no formal schedule for Sunday, but many attendees take this time to explore our host city more fully.

Stipend Information: We are pleased to be able to provide a stipend to help our Board members attend this Retreat. Applicants are eligible for up to $500 to help defray the costs of travel and accommodations. We can provide up to 20 stipends, but only one stipend will be granted per Chapter. The Stipend Application must be returned to Anjula Singh at

Weather: It’s L.A. We’re expecting sun.

Miscellaneous: If you are interested  being paired up with a roommate or trying to co-ordinate rides, etc., please feel free to use our Facebook event page.