Celebrating Our Heritage

Dear Colleagues and Friends:

Welcome to the National Italian American Bar Association!

Our association has been busy in recent months!

1.                The September seminar in Rome, Italy provided twelve (12) hours of continuing legal education credits to our attending members.  We interacted with bar association leaders in Rome and in Naples, enjoyed the hospitality of Italian colleagues, and furthered our referral opportunities.

2.                In Washington, DC, in November, members enjoyed a private, off the record, question and answer session with Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. at the Supreme Court.

3.                We enjoyed a passionate presentation from Honorable Basil Russo about the defense of Columbus Day as part of Italian American heritage.  Basil is a leader on national efforts and our association, inspired by our past president Frank Schiro of Wisconsin, will work with the many Italian American groups joining the cause.

4.                A media partnership was entered with We The Italians, a premiere Italian on-line media presence. Publisher Umberto Mucci addressed our board of directors at the Washington, DC board meeting.

5.                In October, NIABA Regional Vice-President Kenneth Jenero and National Secretary Frank Sommario hosted a joint event sponsored by NIABA and the Chicago Justinian Society at the new Chicago offices of Holland and Knight.  Professor John Bessler of Georgetown Law and University of Baltimore Law presented on Cesare Beccaria’s influence on the U.S. Constitution and early American laws. 

6.                A council of law students was created and initial directors appointed from the Washington College of Law at American University, the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University, and the University of Connecticut School of Law.  We will see great energy and participation arising from the council as law students will be welcomed as valued and participating members of our association.

7.                We authorized a process that will soon lead to a council of judges and jurists being formed.

8.                The board of directors will next meet in Tampa, Florida on February 6 through 9, 2020.  All NIABA members are encouraged to take a winter break and attend the meetings.

9.                Houston, Texas will be site of our May 14 through 17, 2020 board meeting.  Exciting plans are being made.  As always, all NIABA members are encouraged to attend.

10.             Please forward your thoughtful and instructive articles for inclusion within our Newsletter.  I remind that We The Italians will be delighted to provide notices of your events, accomplishments, and stories as proud Italian American lawyers.  Please forward any to NIABA at francis@donnarummalawfirm.com.

In closing, our Association is here for you to enjoy, share, and participate in.

Fran Donnarumma,




On October 24, 2019, the National Italian American Bar Association joined the Justinian Society of Chicago in celebrating the new offices of Holland & Knight at 150 North Riverside Plaza in Chicago.

Among those attending were NIABA director and Regional Vice-President,  Holland & Knight partner Kenneth Jenero; Natalie Petric, current President of the Justinian Society, NIABA director and national secretary, Frank Sommario, Tony Romanucci , a past President of the Justinian Society, and, a number of judges, including Illinois Appellate Judge Jesse Reyes.

The meeting featured a  guest speaker, law professor John Bessler of Georgetown Law and University of Baltimore Law Schools.  He addressed the influence of  Italian philosopher and economist Cesare Beccaria (1738-1794) during the revolutionary era upon the United States Constitution and early American laws.  His book upon the subject reveals the often unrecognized influence of Italian thinkers upon the values enshrined in our earliest founding documents.

The event was a combined effort of NIABA and the Justinian Society to promote the influences and opportunities which each organization provides to its members.  Holland and Knight was a kind partner in sharing its wonderful new space.  The firm was a generous host to a great evening for the many who attended.

Special thanks to our event sponsors:

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February 6 - 9, 2019

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The National Italian American Bar Association is delighted to announce a media partnership with We The Italians, the considerable and influential on-line media and publication source for all things Italian-American.

NIABA President, Francis Donnarumma commented that publisher Umberto Mucci is widely recognized in both the United States of America and Italy as a positive influencer of relationship and exchange among the peoples of each nation.  Members of NIABA will be featured in We The Italians publications and have distribution access to thousands of readers for their substantive legal comment and content.

Umberto Mucci has a degree in Political Sciences International Address and an Advanced degree in Marketing and Communication.

He is the Founder and CEO of We the Italians. He represents in Italy the Italian American Museum of New York. He has been the co-director of “√®Italia for USA”, a bimestral magazine regarding Italy in the US, and is Founder and has been Secretary General of Fondazione Roma Europea. He has been Head of International Relations of Innovarte for the exhibition “Italian Logos – Testimonies of the art to excel”, and Head of the Diplomatic section of the magazine “Romacapitale”. He has been guest lecturer at Accent, where he lectures about the Italian emigration in the US and about the actual Italian presence in the US to students from Michigan State University, University of Minnesota and Santa Barbara City College.

He published five books regarding the relation between Italy and the United States.

Publisher Mucci explains the complex media which is We the Italians, here.

We the Italians is a bridge over the Atlantic Ocean, which - starting from its name - links the good things we Italians have done and do, with the tribute to the exceptionality of the United States and the phrase that symbolizes their constitution: We the People.

Every time Italy joins forces with America, the result is winning.

Years of integration have proven that Italian genius with creativity and an aptitude for hard work finds an extraordinary and unparalleled additive in the meritocratic and business friendly environment of the United States. The epic of the Italians who landed on Ellis Island with their cardboard suitcases and are now at the top of every sector of American life, is irrefutable proof of this. The admiration and the winning consideration for Made in Italy that practically every American feels, whatever its origin, are still an exceptional opportunity, with incredible growth margins, given the old and consolidated relationship.

The American community of Italians of the new and recent emigration, the Americans of Italian origin heirs of those who left Italy, those who arrived after the Second World War, those who are still living witnesses of the diaspora at the turn of the last two centuries.

All those who belong to one of these categories have one thing in common, in addition to loving Italy and the United States, and it is that of not having had in the past a form of virtual aggregation, of online platform, that would allow them to know, implement, enrich, promote, expand, satisfy or share their passion and belonging to the two countries.

In America the admirers of Italy, lovers of the Bel Paese, are scattered in all the States, occupied in all the commercial and intellectual sectors, bearers of ideas and values that are fed by the continuous positive exchange between the two cultures. But there is a lot on offer, the opportunities are enormous, and when it is so the network needs someone to rationalize the information and make it easily accessible. This someone is We the Italians.

Our target, however, does not only include anyone who lives in the United States and is interested in Italy. Even those who live in Italy will find in our portal an unprecedented source of information on what happens in relations between the two countries, and in the community of our fellow citizens who live across the Atlantic. We are convinced that on a social and cultural level, telling what good comes from the mixture of American and Italian elements is also useful to promote, slowly but constantly, a cultural progress in the mentality of our public opinion. A small injection of confidence, a sign of esteem for our country from those who know and love it and look at it from outside, a small contribution that we will give, knowing that of the merits of the integration between cultural, social and economic Italian and American elements, here in Italy, nobody speaks. Moreover, obviously, anyone who is in Italy and has commercial interests of promotion and entry or further investigation of the American market, can understand that there is no other online tool of such scope, vision and dissemination, already today but even more in the future.

Three years after its launch, the We the Italians network consists of five tools. 

The We the Italians website already shows more than 50.000 contents concerning everything that unites Italy and the United States, on both sides of the ocean. It also contains the only existing online archive of over 1600 sites of those who represent, for noncommercial purposes, something Italian in America. Associations, groups, chambers of commerce, consulates, cultural institutes, festivals, mutual aid societies, Italian teaching departments, charitable initiatives, parishes, various types of promotion bodies: each one is inserted, geo-localized, and ready to be contacted in order to collaborate. Every day we promote 25 news, divided by geographical area, with thematic subcategories and a tagging system that allows anyone to easily find any keyword that is useful thanks to the internal search engine. It is the only aggregator about Italy in the United States, there is no competitor.  

There are the almost 200 interviews which every 15 days give voice to a personality who has a role and/or experience in some aspect of relations between the two countries.

There is a prestigious monthly online magazine, in English, about Italy, in which we talk about Italian excellences in about twenty columns.

The magazine is also sent in the monthly newsletter sent to more than 80,000 Italian recipients in the USA, including all the representatives of the archived sites, many of whom then forward it to their members: the newsletter also contains some newly inserted news, all geolocated by area of residence of each recipient.  

Finally, we have a vibrant social media community, made up of those who interact with us on the Facebook page, followers of our Twitter and Instagram accounts, members of our group on Linkedin and those who follow our channel on YouTube.”  

NIABA welcomes its media partner We The Italians

Click here to visit We The Italians


Umberto Mucci, Founder and CEO



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