Joining the Bench – The Nuts and Bolts of How to Become a Judge

SABA is excited to hold this inaugural CPD programming tailored towards South Asian lawyers 5+ years post-call. We welcome the Honourable Justice Jasmine Akbarali (SCJ) and the Honourable Justice Hafeez Amarshi (OCJ) as our guests for this primer into why SABA Members should apply for the bench and what they can expect during the process.


[Not] Burning Down the House: M&A Tips from the In-House Counsel Perspective


Join SABA North America for a Webinar on [Not] Burning Down the House: M&A Tips from the In-House Counsel Perspective, the Next Installation of the Corporate Counsel College on Thursday April 28, 2022 at 12 p.m. ET.
We look forward to hearing from Deputy GC of League, Sony Gokhale, Vice President & Associate General Counsel of Avery Dennison Corporation, Bijal Shah, Assistant General Counsel of Exelon, Shaila Lakhani Ohri, and Paul Weiss Partner Krishna Veeraraghavan of Paul Weiss and so should you. This program is sponsored by Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and is for in house and Paul Weiss personnel.
Register using the “Learn More” link below.

Going for the Gold – SABA North America 2022 Conference

SABA’s 2022 Conference will be in San Francisco, CA on July 14-17, 2022. Hosted at the historic Westin St. Francis in Union Square, we are excited to bring you an unforgettable Conference bringing together members from across North America.
For nearly two decades, the SABA Annual Conference is the premier professional development and networking event for South Asian lawyers in North America. We are thrilled that in 2022, SABA will return to a live, in-person Annual Conference hosted at the Westin St. Francis in Union Square in San Francisco from July 14-17. Bringing together attendees from across North America, the Conference will bring together attorneys from all corners of the South Asian bar, including corporate counsel, law firm partners and associates, federal and state judges, law professors, government and public interest attorneys, entrepreneurs, and law students across North America. The Conference includes days of activities ranging from professional and networking development, cultural engagement and celebration, to substantive legal programming, all set over a celebratory backdrop of food, entertainment, and social events with a unique South Asian flavor.
For more information and to register, click the “Learn More” link below.

Asian and South Asian Heritage Month – Discussion on Access to Justice Challenges




















The changing landscape of access to justice 
Join the Law Society of Ontario and partners for our annual Asian and South Asian Heritage Month program.
Together, we will celebrate the long history and enormous contributions of legal professionals of Asian and South Asian origins, and examine access to justice issues impacting Asian and South Asian communities in Ontario, including:

  • Addressing access to justice challenges in the post-pandemic era
  • Successfully building access to justice into your law practice
  • Promoting the role of paralegals in access to justice

Tuesday,  May 10, 2022
5:30-7 pm
Virtual event

2022 SABA Gala


The South Asian Bar Association of Toronto (SABA)– the largest diverse bar association in Canada – is holding its 15th Annual Awards Gala on Wednesday June 29, 2022 at 5:30 pm at the Palais Royale 1601 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M6K 3C1 .

This is our first in-person Gala since 2019 and we’ve gone to great lengths to ensure this year’s gala will be a memorable, enjoyable and safe evening for all attendees.  Some key highlights of this year’s gala:

  • The Summer-time date provides us our first opportunity to host a unique hybrid indoor/outdoor event.
  • This year we will have an extended cocktail/networking session at Palais Royale’s 4000 square foot two tier deck overlooking the beautiful views of Lake Ontario.
  • Following this, we will proceed to a plated 3 course dinner, and awards ceremony indoors in the Palais Royale Ballroom.
  • Stringent COVID protocols will be adhered to and guests may opt to only attend the outdoor cocktail portion of the night and take their dinner to go.
  • The awards presentation, exciting speakers, and after-party music will cap off an exciting night.

TICKETS: We are unfortunately sold out of tickets but look forward to seeing all interested parties at a future SABA event.

SABA Spring Social


SABA Toronto is hosting an in-person social! Some food and drinks will be provided and a cash bar is available at The Pint Public House. All attendees must comply with any applicable public health guidelines. Spots are limited, please purchase an advance mocktail/cocktail ticket to secure your spot on the SABA Toronto guest list by Friday, April 22, 2022. 
For those looking to walk-in without pre-registration, a ticket can be purchased at the front registration table. Capacity permitting. Admission is not guaranteed.

Lunch and Learn: Common Mistakes with LSO Financial Reporting with Simran Kaur, CPA

The due date for the LSO’s annual reports is just around the corner (March 31st). Given the strict requirements of LSO’s By-Law 9 (Financial Transactions and Records) and the complexity of accounting, this webinar will focus on some of the common errors to avoid while bookkeeping. We will also talk about some of the best practices for running a more efficient practice. The webinar will be helpful for solo practitioners or those at small firms who want to learn more about compliance issues. We look forward to seeing you there!

* CPD Accreditation Pending

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SABA 2021 Conference: Race and Identity in the Law

Join SABA Toronto for its 2021 conference, which promises to be an interesting look at how race and identity interact with the law. Don’t miss this event, just in time to get any last-minute professionalism or EDI hours for the year.*


Event Itinerary:
12:30pm – Opening Remarks
  • Devin Persaud (SABA President, Goodmans LLP)
  • SABA Partners and Friends
1:00pm to 2:00pm – Corporate Counsel: Getting Ahead and Battling Imposter Syndrome (1 hour professionalism)
  • Sony Ghokale (Deputy General Counsel, League)
  • Av Maharaj (Chief Administrative Officer and VP, Legal, Corporate Affairs and HR, The Kraft Heinz Company)
  • Hina Latif (General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Mercedez-Benz Financial Services Canada Corporation)
  • Arun Krishnamurti (Counsel, Google Canada)
2:00pm to 3:00pm – Indigenous Law and the Constitution (1 hour EDI)
  • Presentation by Professor Karen Drake of Osgoode Hall Law School
3:00pm to 4:00pm – On the Shoulders of Giants: Sharing Stories of Trailblazing Women (1 hour EDI)
  • Justice Jodie-Lynn Waddilove (Ontario Court of Justice)
  • Sandeep Tatla (Chief Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Fasken)
  • Neena Gupta (Partner, Gowling WLG)
  • Sarah Malik (Crown Counsel, PPSC)
4:00pm to 5:00pm – Fireside Chat with the Honourable Russell Juriansz (retired Justice), in conversation with the Honourable Justice Hafeez Amarshi (1 hour professionalism)

Don’t Leave it to Midnight: Choosing a Dispute Resolution Clause When Drafting Your Contract

An Opportunity to Meet Familiar and New Faces
December 2, 2021 at 5:30PM


You asked for it and we listened! Join SABA Toronto for its first ever hybrid in-person or online webinar, offered in partnership with Arbitration Place. This unique program will offer insights from leading practitioners on choosing an alternative dispute resolution clause when drafting your contract. Moderated by Annie Tayyab, our panelists will cover:
  • the reasons why one might include an arbitration clause when drafting a contract, and what to think about when drafting it;
  • whether it may be beneficial to include mediation in a tiered dispute resolution clause; and
  • where and how expert determination can be beneficially used.
Afterwards, join us for some much-missed in-person mingling at Arbitration Place!
* If you attend in person, please bring proof of vaccination. Please also note that in-person spots are limited so we ask that you only register for an in-person spot if you intend to attend.

SABA Interview Strategies & Tips, followed by mock OCI interviews

Please join SABA Toronto for an interactive session on Interview Strategies & Tips, followed by mock OCI interviews with SABA professionals. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to prepare for the upcoming interview season. 
Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021
Where: Online, Zoom link to be provided post-registration
6:00 PM – Interview Strategies and Tips
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM – Mock Interviews
How: Please register using this link.    
*Please only register for this event if you plan on attending. Space is limited.
*You must have your resume prepared in PDF format to send to your interviewer(s) during the session.
*If you are a lawyer with experience conducting OCI interviews and are interested in volunteering as an interviewer for this event, please email us at