Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Italian American Heritage Month was celebrated, initially, in 1989 by a special proclamation of both the United States Congress and President George H. W. Bush. It continues to be celebrated annually honoring the valuable contributions of Italian immigrants and Italian Americans to our nation.
The Heritage Month coincides, of course, with the Columbus Day Holiday. That holiday, traditionally, celebrates the achievements of Christopher Columbus as well as the impact of Italian immigrants upon America. It was unofficially celebrated in many states and cities as early as the 18th century; however, it did not become a federal holiday until 1937.
Our media partner, We the Italians, celebrates Columbus Day 2020 with a live streaming social media event on Monday, October 12, 2020. NIABA will even present a brief tribute in the event!
In recent years some have challenged Columbus Day and its focus upon Christopher Columbus as an icon of the Italian American communities. Today, though, we simply celebrate Columbus Day, once again, within the context of the proud achievements and heritage of all Italian Americans in this country.
We at NIABA will address the ongoing efforts to preserve and protect this Columbus Day Holiday and the influence of Columbus throughout our national fabric through the many national, regional, and local Italian American organizations. Our forthcoming Newsletter will focus upon the actions being undertaken across the country by Italian American lawyers and organizations. It will prove to be an invaluable resource.
Today, we celebrate and honor all Italian Americans and Italians who have brought life and success to this nation.
Francis M. Donnarumma
Kenneth Jenero, Regional Vice-President with Richard Trumka, President of AFL-CIO in Washington DC
Centennial Celebration in Chicago
The Justinian Society of Lawyers, chartered on October 21, 1921 in Chicago, will celebrate 100 years of service next year. The Centennial Celebration will take place on October 21, 2021 at the Galleria Marchetti in Chicago. NIABA National Secretary, Frank Sommario, and Regional Vice-President of the Midwest, Kenneth Jenero, are proud and leading Chicago Justinians.
We at NIABA credit our sisters and brothers of the Justinian Society of Lawyers for their many years of success. We look forward to joining them in the celebration in 2021.
Zoom Meeting with Our Australian Friends
NIABA President Francis M. Donnarumma has, recently, engaged in exchanges with Vincent Morfuni, President of the Australian Italian Lawyers Association. An effort has been underway to develop a close and rewarding exchange and friendship with our colleagues in Australia.
The Honorable Gaetano (Tony) Pagone, a renowned jurist and educator in Australia, will join members of the Australian Italian Lawyers Association and members of NIABA in a social Zoom conference to take place in several weeks. Judge Pagone has served as President of the International Association of Judges and is a wonderful facilitator of our ever-enlarging relationships with lawyers in Italy, Canada, and, now, Australia.
Look for details and an invitation in several days to attend this initial meeting with our new friends and colleagues.
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NIABA Board Member Receives Prestigious Award
NIABA President Francis M. Donnarumma congratulated board member, Margherita M. Morsella of Montreal, upon her selection for distinction in pro bono service. The ceremony and award, in Paris, recognizes the exemplary work of Attorney Morsella.
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of Los Angeles ZOOMS
The Italian American Lawyer Association of Los Angeles, lead by President Terri Macellaro has blazed a leading role in Zoom conferences for the benefit of Italian American Lawyers during this COVID crisis. In concert with NIABA Executive Vice President Damian Capozzola, the association graciously invited all NIABA members to attend a selection of Zoom conferences on preferred terms.
The association hosted Anthony S. Fauci, MD, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. President Macellaro conducted a question and answer session with Dr. Fauci. All attended remotely. Dr. Fauci was candid and relaxed in his conversation with the many attendees. Along with other guests, Jay Leno joined the conference to close out and highlight the many successes of this leading Italian American.
A second Zoom conference by the association featured an accorded Associate Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. of the United States Supreme Court. President Macellaro, again, conducted a wonderful session with Justice Alito which was enjoyed by the many attendees. The celebration of Justice Alito’s achievements was joined by retired Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy of the Supreme Court. Numerous American baseball luminaries appeared and enlivened the celebration.
The Los Angeles Association, one of long history, enjoys among its members several NIABA board members, including Lydia Liberio, David DiJulio, Alice Salvo, James Michalski, and Claire Ambrosio.
May 14 - 17, 2020 Houston Texas Spring Board Meeting - CANCELED
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