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Thirty-Second Annual Meeting

November 5, 2021 12:00 AM to November 6, 2021 12:00 AM
November 5, 2021


Thirty-Second Annual Meeting

November 5, 2021 12:00 AM to November 6, 2021 12:00 AM
November 5, 2021


The Armenian Bar Association invites you to participate in its Thirty-Second Annual Meeting in New York. Join your colleagues and friends for a weekend of education and fun!

Our 32nd Annual Meeting is dedicated to the loving memory of our former Chairman Edvin Minassian

— Schedule of Events —

Friday, November 5, 2021
(All times in Eastern Time)
7:00 pm Welcome Reception

The Horizon Building 415 E. 37th Street, 44th Floor Rooftop, New York, NY – Directions
Members and friends are welcome! Need proof of vaccination or negative test result within 72 hours

Special Performance by Joel A. Martin
Composer of “Jazzical Komitas – Passion of Fire
Winning Grammy Award Journey 2021-2023

Saturday, November 6, 2021

(In-person at Constantine Cannon LLP, 335 Madison Avenue, New York and virtually by Zoom)
Vaccination proof is required for in-person attendance.

12:00 pm Panel 1 – Accountability and Recourse under United Nations Treaty Bodies
1:00 pm Panel 2 – Free Speech on the Roberts Court and the Trump Court
2:15 pm Membership Business Meeting
3:15 pm Board of Governors Meeting

The event is eligible for 2 hours of CLE credit in California, New York, and Ontario, Canada.
We kindly acknowledge and appreciate the CLE-provider sponsorship of Hughes Hubbard & Reed, LLP.

Panel 1

Accountability and Recourse under United Nations Treaty Bodies


Levon Golendukhin
Eversheds Sutherland, LLP

Levon Golendukhin is an associate in Eversheds Sutherland’s International Dispute Resolution practice group, where he assists clients in all facets of cross-border disputes, with a focus on investment treaty arbitration, international commercial arbitration and transnational commercial litigation.  He has successfully counseled clients through all stages of the dispute resolution process, from pleadings to appeals to enforcement, and has appeared in both federal and state courts and before arbitration tribunals. He has counseled clients ranging from sovereign States to private companies in the mining, agricultural, civil infrastructure, industrials, energy and transportation sectors.  Levon has represented clients in disputes pending before US federal and state courts, and arbitration under the rules of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the American Arbitration Association (AAA), and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).  Levon also counsels sovereign States and international NGOs on complex issues of public international law, particularly dealing with human rights and post-conflict justice.

In addition, Levon co-chairs the International Investment and Development Committee of the American Bar Association and the International Legal Initiatives working group of the Armenian Bar Association. He has authored publications on topics in international investment law and investor-state arbitration and frequently speaks at events and conferences on topics in international law and commerce, and cross-border dispute resolution.  This year, Levon was recognized by Legal 500 in the field of international arbitration.


Alexander Bedrosyan
Hughes Hubbard & Reed, LLP

Alexander Bedrosyan is a litigation associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Hughes Hubbard & Reed and is a member of the firm’s International Arbitration practice group. His practice focuses on public international law, investment treaty arbitration, and international commercial arbitration. He has particular experience assisting in disputes involving former Soviet republics, and has experience in the real estate, mining, banking, aviation, construction and retail petroleum industries. He has been engaged in AAA/ICDR, ICSID, ICC and UNCITRAL/PCA arbitrations, has delivered opening and closing statements, performed direct and cross-examinations of witnesses, and otherwise participated in hearings.  He also represents clients in arbitration-related litigation in federal courts, involving for example motions to compel arbitration or to set-aside or enforce international arbitral awards.  This year, Alex was recognized by The Legal 500 in the United States in the field of International Arbitration

Alex’s pro bono practice consists largely of international human rights law matters, including representing individuals filing claims against states before regional courts and international tribunals, and writing reports for authoritative NGOs.  His pro bono practice has also encompassed family law, immigration law, and voting rights law matters.

While in law school, Alex was a member of the University of Pennsylvania Law School team that reached the World Championship Round of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Alex delivered oral arguments before judges of the International Court of Justice.


Astghik Hairapetian
Law Clerk
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Astghik Hairapetian is a law clerk to a federal district judge and serves as the legal advisor to the Rerooted Archive.  She has interned at the Center for Justice and International Law, focusing on the Inter-American Human Rights System, as well as at the U.N. International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals in Arusha.  In law school, she acted as the Chief Comments Editor of the UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs.  Her publications appear in the UCLA Law Review, the Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law, and the Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review. 

Panel 2:

Free Speech on the Roberts Court and the Trump Court


Professor Greg Magarian
Washington University School of Law

Gregory P. Magarian is the Thomas and Karole Green Professor of Law at the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.  He teaches and writes about U.S. constitutional law, focusing on the freedom of expression.  His first book, Managed Speech: The Roberts Court’s First Amendment, was published in 2017 by Oxford University Press.  His research and writing also examine church and state, firearms regulation, and regulations of the media and the political process.  His work has been published in the Michigan Law Review, Texas Law Review, George Washington Law Review, and other leading law journals.  He has made numerous scholarly presentations and has taught and lectured at universities around the world.  Professor Magarian received his B.A. summa cum laude from Yale and his J.D. magna cum laude, as well as a master’s degree in public policy, from the University of Michigan, where he was editor-in-chief of the Michigan Law Review.  He served as a law clerk for Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Louis Oberdorfer of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  He practiced law at Jenner and Block in Washington, D.C. and taught at Villanova University before joining the Washington University faculty in 2008.


Taline Sahakian
Constantine Cannon LLP

Taline Sahakian is a partner in the New York office of Constantine Cannon. Ms. Sahakian joined the firm in December 2007 and concentrates her practice on antitrust and general commercial litigation, counseling and arbitration.  Ms. Sahakian also represents whistleblowers in a qui tam case involving the government contracting sector.  She has represented corporations in a variety of industries and before various courts. 

Ms. Sahakian has also been involved in arbitration proceedings before the International Center for Dispute Resolution in the government contracting area.  She has received mediation training from the American Arbitration Association.

Prior to joining Constantine Cannon, Ms. Sahakian worked for two years in the antitrust and litigation departments of McCarthy Tétrault LLP in Montreal Canada where she was involved in defending companies in the context of governmental investigations relating to violations of competition law, preparing competition filings for mergers and acquisitions and defending clients in various civil litigation cases. Ms. Sahakian earned a B.C.L. and LL.B. from McGill University’s Faculty of Law in 2003 and is admitted to practice in New York.

She has previously served as co-Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Antitrust Section’s Class Action Committee.  She has been named to the Super Lawyers New York Metro Super Lawyers Rising Stars from 2016-2018.  She is fluent in French and Armenian.


We Thank Our Sponsors!

♦ Orion Worldwide Innovations, LLC – Emma Arakelyan
New York, New York  – Yerevan, Armenia

♦ Nairie Balian
Pasadena, California

♦ Hon. Suzanne G. Bruguera (ret.)
Los Angeles, California

♦ Mark Chenian
Los Angeles, California

♦ Lapointe Rosenstein Marchand Melançon, L.L.P. – Harry H. Dikranian
Montreal, Canada

♦ Christine Engustian
Providence, Rhode Island

♦ Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP – Levon Golendukhin
New York, New York

♦ Hairapetian & Hairapetian – Armen Hairapetian
Pasadena, California

♦ Armen K. Hovannisian
Los Angeles, California

♦ Law Offices of Souren A. Israelyan
New York, New York

♦ Fiercely Supporting Hovik Jivanyan
Stepanakert, Artsakh

♦ Law Offices of Gerard V. Kassabian
Los Angeles, California

♦ Hermes Consulting LLC – Mesrop Khoudagoulian
Los Angeles, California

♦ Paylan Law, APC – Tigran Palyan
Glendale, California

♦ Davana Law Firm – Mariam Kuregyan
Encino, California

♦ Constantine Cannon LLP – Grant Petrosyan, Taline Sahakian
New York, New York

♦ Raffi Sarrafian
Chicago, Illinois

♦ Ovsanna Takvoryan
Los Angeles, California

♦ Law Offices of Armen M. Tashjian
Glendale, California

♦ Lucy Varpetian
Los Angeles, California

♦ Sotheby’s International Realty – Peter Zakian
New York, New York


While we welcome all to the meeting free of charge, we have the following suggested donation levels:

  • $25 for students
  • $50 for ArmenBar members practicing less than 5 years
  • $100 for ArmenBar members practicing more than 5 years
  • $150 for non-members
  • $1,000 Ararat Sponsors
  • Custom amount

Ararat Sponsors will have their names displayed during the conference and on our website for one year and will receive verbal recognition during the conference.

Ordinarily, there is a registration fee for our meetings, conferences and events. Those entry fees help us fund our scholarship program, pro bono clinics in Artsakh and California, and institutional initiatives such as our Artsakh Law Initiative Committee, the Armenian Genocide Reparations Committee, the Armenian Rights Watch Committee and other important undertakings. If you’d like to learn more about any of the programs listed here, please visit our website or contact us. The Armenian Bar Association is an I.R.C. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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