South Asian Bar Association — 2012 Awards Gala // The Circuit

Precedent was on the scene at this year's SABA Awards Gala

By Yvonne Bambrick

On Monday November 19th, 2012


What: South Asian Bar Association — 2012 Awards Gala
Sheraton Hotel Ballroom, 123 Queen St. West.
: November 15th, 2012

Now in it’s 7th year, the South Asian Bar Association (SABA) Awards Gala has grown into a tremendously popular annual event. This year’s 300 or so guests, attending from across the province, included lawyers, academics, students and members of the judiciary. A cocktail reception and extensive silent auction (benefiting the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario) kicked-off the evening, followed by a dinner and awards ceremony which included a keynote speech by Rahul Bhardwaj, President & CEO of the Toronto Community Foundation.

“SABA’s annual gala is the organization’s largest and highest profile event of the year. The purpose of the event is to celebrate and recognize the success of outstanding contributions to the legal profession by individuals of South Asian decent. It is primarily through the support of our sponsors that the gala and, in fact, the organization, has been able to grow.“ Rishi Bandhu, President, SABA Toronto. Amongst many other sponsors, this year, Scotiabank was the platinum sponsor, the Association of Corporate Counsel was the gold sponsor and Norton Rose LLP was the silver sponsor.

SABA is the GTA’s premier legal organization dedicated to promoting the objectives of South Asian members of the legal profession. Members of SABA include lawyers who identify themselves as South Asian or are of South Asian origin, and lawyers that advocate on issues of relevance to the South Asian community.

2012 Awards and Recipients: Distinguished Career Award, The Honourable Mr. Justice Russell G. Juriansz. In-House Counsel of the Year, Manju Jessa. Female Practitioner of the Year, Shalini Konanur. Male Practitioner of the Year, Professor Faisal Bhabha. Law Student of the Year, Fahad Siddiqui. Precedent congratulates all of this year’s award winners for their contributions!

Yvonne Bambrick is an urban cycling consultant, co-ordinator of the Kensington Market and Forest Hill Village BIAs, and a Toronto-based event and portrait photographer.

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