South Asian Bar of NJ Holds 5th Annual Gala
The South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey hosted its fifth annual gala on Sept. 13, 2018, at the Marigold in Somerset. The event was attended by over 280 people, according to the organization, and the keynote address was given by New Jersey Senator Vin Gopal, who honored the organization with a commendation for its work in the legal and South Asian community. Also in attendance were New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and Hoboken Mayor Ravinder S. Bhalla, who were honored with the “Standing Ovation Award.” In their remarks, Grewal, Gopal and Bhalla highlighted the need for greater diversity among judges and prosecutors. Amol N. Sinha, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, was given the “Trailblazer Award,” and Hamel Vyas, the associate dean of the Mount Sinai Health System, received the “Public Service Award.” South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey President Sharmila D. Jaipersaud addressed the audience and award recipients, thanking them for their continuing support, and encouraging them to mentor
young attorneys, support charitable organizations, and to vote in elections. The gala was emceed by Bhaveen R. Jani, immediate past president of the organization, and included a silent art auction and entertainment by the Pasadeo Band and the Rutgers Asian Acapella Group. Other honorees included Supti Bhattacharya, who received recognition as the “Professional Attorney of the Year”; Chugh LLP, which received recognition as the “Law Firm of the Year”; and Sedi Doobay, who was recognized with the “In-House Counsel Award.” The gala ended with Prema L. Roddam, the president-elect, asking the guests to continue showing their support.