NIABA just completed a successful meeting of its Board of Directors in Cleveland, Ohio. The event took place between September 19 and 22, 2013. While in Cleveland, the Board addressed several issues relating to growing our membership, extending our territorial reach and providing greater opportunities to our members to network with one another. Several good measures were adopted that will allow NIABA to meet the foregoing objectives. You, as a member of NIABA or someone who may have an interest in joining our organization, will see the results of our work in the weeks and months to come.
I would like to highlight two extremely wonderful results of our trip to Cleveland.
First, NIABA had the distinct privilege of conferring a Lifetime Achievement Award onto Paul C. Giannelli, distinguished law professor at Case Western University’s School of Law. Professor Giannelli is the nation’s foremost authority in advocating for better science in the criminal justice system and is at the forefront in the push to see stronger regulation of forensic laboratories. Professor Giannelli has been cited in over seven hundred judicial opinions (some involving the United States Supreme Court) and was a principal architect of the seminal 2009 National Academy of Sciences report and the recommendation, amongst many others, for the enforcement of accreditation and certification standards with respect to forensic laboratories. Personally, it was quite special for me to have delivered opening remarks at Case Western and to have hosted a cocktail and, thereafter, dinner in celebration of Professor Giannelli’s career and worthy contributions to the administration of justice. He is a most deserving recipient of our organization’s highest accolade.
Second, our Board welcomed California attorney Damian Capozzola as its newest member. Damian is the President-Elect of the Italian American Lawyers Association (IALA) based in Los Angeles and he will be installed as its next President this January 2014. Damian’s enthusiasm and commitment in Cleveland were apparent for all to see and we welcome his desire to assist NIABA in establishing a beachhead presence in the West. NIABA will be on hand to celebrate Damian’s installation as IALA’s next President as our Board of Directors will be holding its Winter meeting in Los Angeles between January 23 and 26, 2014. We congratulate Damian and look forward to being introduced to several IALA colleagues early next year.
NIABA is excited about its future. We invite you to become an integral part of tomorrow. I encourage you to communicate directly with me should you have any questions or require any information.
Please join us for our next meeting in Los Angeles, California in January 2014. Check this website regularly for details.
September 25, 2013