Emilie R. Ninan, Managing Partner of Ballard Spahr's Wilmington, Delaware, office, will become President of the North American South Asian Bar Association (NASABA) effective July 1, 2012.

NASABA, formed largely in response to the unique issues facing South Asians in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2011, supports the professional growth of South Asian lawyers, provides a resource to the South Asian community, and protects the rights and liberties of South Asians across the continent. It has 27 chapters and approximately 6,000 members in the United States and Canada.

Ms. Ninan has served on the NASABA board for many years and on the executive committee for the last two. During that time she was instrumental in establishing the South Asian Women's Attorneys Network (SAWAN). Locally, Ms. Ninan was the founding President of the Delaware chapter, which NASABA recently presented with its 2012 Outstanding Chapter award. The award recognizes the local SABA chapter that has shown the most growth and improvement.

"I'm honored to have been elected the next NASABA President," said Ms. Ninan. "And I'm particularly delighted that my term will begin in my hometown of Philadelphia and culminate at NASABA's 10th Anniversary Convention in San Francisco in June 2013."

Ms. Ninan is responsible for the public finance department in Ballard Spahr's Wilmington office. She represents governmental, quasi-governmental, and private entities, including 501(c)(3) institutions that are eligible for tax-exempt financing for capital projects. She also advises on Uniform Commercial Code matters and delivers formal legal opinions in connection with financing transactions.

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