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Sutherland Sponsors "LIVE from the NYPL" Event Featuring Thomas Friedman in Conversation with Nandan Nilekani at The New York Public Library

March 17, 2009

NEW YORK (March 17, 2009) – Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, a member of The New York Public Library's Lawyers for the Library Program, is pleased to sponsor the “LIVE from the NYPL" event featuring Thomas Friedman in conversation with Nandan Nilekani, author of Imagining India, at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 23. Nilekani’s book traces the central ideas that shaped India’s past and present and asks the key question of the future of India and its role as a global citizen and emerging economic giant. The program will be held at the Library's Humanities and Social Sciences Library at 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue.

“We are grateful to have this opportunity and to continue our partnership with the library," said Sutherland Partner William H. Bradley. “As members of the New York Bar and active participants in the New York community, it is an honor to be a part of this event."

Nandan Nilekani is the co-chairman of Infosys Technologies Limited. He is the recipient of several awards, including the prestigious Joseph Schumpeter prize for innovative services in economy, economic sciences and politics. Nilekani was listed as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time in 2006 and was named Forbes “Businessman of the Year" for Asia in 2007. Nilekani received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, India.

Thomas Friedman, author and journalist, is a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner. His “Foreign Affairs" column appears every Wednesday and Sunday in The New York Times. Friedman is the author of From Beirut to Jerusalem, The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization, Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World After September 11, and most recently, The World Is Flat. Friedman was named one of America's Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report.

About "LIVE from the NYPL"
"LIVE from the NYPL" is a series of lively and provocative conversations, debates, and performances at The New York Public Library curated by Paul Holdengräber, Director of Public Programs. Past participants have included Werner Herzog, Christopher Hitchens debating Al Sharpton, an opera based on The Elements of Style by Maira Kalman and Nico Muhly, Günter Grass in conversation with Norman Mailer, Miranda July with David Byrne and Becky Stark, Aline and R. Crumb, Mario Batali and Anthony Bourdain, Harold Bloom, Nicholas Kristof, and Orhan Pamuk. For more information, please visit or email

About The New York Public Library
The New York Public Library comprises four world-acclaimed research centers and 87 neighborhood branches in the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island. It also provides access to a wide range of digital resources, including online collections and downloadable books, audiobooks, music, and videos through its web site, Library resources are available free of charge to all users.

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is a law firm with global reach known for solving challenging business problems and resolving sophisticated legal issues for many of the world’s largest companies. Founded in 1924, the firm handles matters throughout the United States and worldwide. Seven major practice areas—corporate, financial services, energy and environmental, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, and tax—provide the framework for an extensive range of focus areas, allowing Sutherland attorneys to serve a diverse client base that ranges from small and medium-sized start-up businesses to a significant number of Fortune 100 companies.

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