๐ŸŒผ SABA Recap
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๐ŸŒผ SABA Recap


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SABA Recap

This was the best SABA conference I've attended. People were energized to connect with old and new friends. But I noticed something new. It seems like as a community we're exploring new paths and being more open about our lives then before.

This is also the first conference I've attended since cutting out alcohol. I noticed I wasn't alone on that, and that several friends I've known for a while had cut it out too. It felt good to be able to do morning yoga (great job Priya) and it made going out Saturday night a lot easier to bounce back from.

I moderated a panel on moving in and out of law. Some takeaways from the panel:

  • personal finance is essential to de-risking creative moves
  • if you're spending like your peers, you won't leave them
  • a network isn't a network until you use it
  • share where you're trying to go and ask for help
  • business judgement isn't some magical thing
  • most businesses are ordinary people who just started selling something
  • just go for it
  • analysis is a waste of time, applying for roles has zero downside

What were your impressions of the conference?

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The Jobs

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Legal Adjacent


  • โ€‹Hiral Mehta: Hiral is Deputy Chief at U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of New York. The U.S. Attorney's Office is looking for an Assistant U. S. Attorney. Reach out to Hiral at [subscribers only]

Law Firm

  • โ€‹Harsh Parikh: Harsh is a partner at Nixon Peabody LLP. Harsh's team is looking for a senior health care transactions associate. Reech out to Harsh at [subscribers only]
  • โ€‹Nikhil Gore: Nikhil is a partner at Covington & Burling LLP. Nikhil's team is looking for a financial services regulatory associate, mid- or senior-level. Preference for D.C. but we also have offices in New York and the Bay Area that could work for this role. Reach out to Nikhil at [subscribers only]
  • โ€‹Shanti Katona: Shanti is a member at Polsinelli and Vice Chair of Polsinelliโ€™s Bankruptcy and Restructuring Practice. Shanti is looking for attorneys with 2+ years of substantive Chapter 11 and bankruptcy litigation experience. This position can be based in our Wilmington, Dallas, Kansas City, Chicago, Atlanta or Los Angeles office. Reach out to Shanti at [subscribers only]
  • โ€‹Ajay Mago: Ajay is managing partner at Edwards Maxson Mago & Macaulay, LLP. Ajay's team is looking for mid-level and senior attorneys to join the firmโ€™s Technology Transactions, Commercial Contracts, Corporate โ€“ Private Equity and M&A, Corporate โ€“ Venture Capital and Emerging Companies, and Banking and Finance practice groups. The positions can be remote anywhere in the U.S. or hybrid in Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Ft. Lauderdale, and New York. Reach out to Ajay at [subscribers only]