Support Our Friends from SABA - April 13, 2018


The South Asian Bar Association of Philadelphia will host its first annual Gala on April 13, 2018, at the Pyramid Club. In addition to "top of the town" views of Center City, the First Annual Gala of the South Asian Bar Association of Philadelphia provides a networking opportunity among its diverse group of expected attendees, which includes judges, attorneys, law students, politicians, and community leaders. This year's Gala will feature a cocktail reception and appetizers, followed by dinner with a short program announcing this year's awardees and keynote speaker.

This year's Legal Excellence Award for Professional Achievement will be presented to Emilie R. Ninan. Ms. Ninan serves as a Partner at Ballard Spahr LLP. Ms. Ninan also chairs the firm's Public Finance Department. She is also a Member of the firm's Expanded Board. Ms. Ninan oversees national strategy and administration for the firm's Public Finance Department across the country.

SABA Philadelphia is proud to announce Dr. Nina Ahmad as the keynote speaker at this year's gala. Dr. Ahmad formerly served as Deputy Mayor for Public Engagement under Mayor Jim Kenney and is currently running for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ahmad has also served on President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and on Mayor Nutter’s Commission on Asian American Affairs.

Dress: Cocktail attire or South Asian


Law Student  $60.00

General Admission  $100.00



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Flyers CLE Event


Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Flyers CLE event and to our sponsor Pepper Hamilton for helping us to put on a great event!

2018 Community Leadership Award Dinner Honoring Romy Diaz


AJC Philadelphia/Southern New Jersey

2018 Community Leadership Award Dinner


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Romy Diaz
Vice President & General Counsel, PECO

5:30 PM Reception
6:30 PM Dinner and Award

The Down Town Club
Public Ledger Building
600 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia PA 19106

Business Attire


Andrea L. Custis, President & CEO, Urban League of Philadelphia
Pedro A. Ramos, President & CEO, The Philadelphia Foundation


Romona Riscoe Benson
Lorina Marshall Blake
Sally Bleznak
Nelson Diaz
Varsovia Fernandez
Tony Forte
Julie Coker Graham
Francine Griesing
Priscilla Jimenez
Jeff Knueppel

Malcolm Lazin
Ab Lechter
Mike Munoz
Jennifer Rodriguez
Nilda Ruiz
Mickey Simon
Tiffany Tavarez
Mario Zacharjasz
Joe Zuritsky

If you are unable to attend and would like to make a donation in honor of Romy Diaz, please click here.

Women in the Profession Panel

The future is female, the future is now. On February 27, 2018, HBAPA Vice President Jennifer Gomez Hardy joined a panel organized by the Women in the Profession & Solo and Small Firm Committee to discuss creative and non-traditional ways to develop business. As a personal injury attorney, Jennifer explained that most of her clients stem from independent business ventures, specifically a bar/restaurant she owns with her husband named The New Lou & Choo Lounge in Philadelphia and her rental property. She also discussed how strong business development can influence one’s bargaining power. Jennifer is a personal injury attorney at Messa & Associates. Job well done, Jennifer!