Dear Friends and Colleagues:
As we approach mid-2021, the squad from Italy took care of some unfinished 2020 business with its phenomenal run to victory in Euro Cup 2020! Forza Italia!
The National Italian American Bar Association enjoyed its own version of finishing 2020 business with its first live meeting of the Board of Directors in June, 2021 in Connecticut. An installation ceremony, attended both live and virtually, by NIABA directors and officers, was a genuine success. We partnered with the lawyers of the Connecticut Italian American Bar Association in a joint swearing in ceremony. Honorable William J. Nardini, a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, conducted the ceremony. Judge Nardini warmly addressed the crowd in attendance and exhibited impressive Italian language skills in communicating, directly, with our many colleagues in Italy who joined us virtually.
Representatives of the bar associations of Rome, Naples and Milan made remarks and genuinely enjoyed the interaction with their American colleagues. Basil Russo, the president of the Conference of Major Italian American Organizations, led a roster of Italian leaders including the new president of the National Italian American Foundation, the Executive Vice President of the Order of Sons and Daughters of Italy in America, and many more. The setting for this meeting was the Litchfield Law School located at Tapping Reeve House in Litchfield. This was the very first law school in the United States of America. It was moving to have the daughters and sons of Italian immigrants meeting where the very first schooled lawyers in this country rose within our chosen profession in this country. The president of the Connecticut Bar Association, Amy Lyn Meyerson, joined us on behalf of all lawyers throughout the state of Connecticut. Leader of associations in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island joined us.
NIABA leaders will participate in the key summer event of the Justinian Society of Massachusetts on August 4 and the Judicial Appreciation night of the Justinian Forum of Ohio on August 14. Regional Vice President, Ralph Liquori and former president Anthony Gianfrancesco are engineering a meeting of the New England-area Italian heritage bar associations anticipated for September 18, 2021.
The next board meeting of NIABA will take place in Chicago on October 21, 2021 through October 24, 2021. We will join the Justinian Society in Chicago for their centennial dinner on Thursday, October 21. That society was chartered on October 21, 1921.
All NIABA, everywhere, are invited and welcome to join and attend any of these events. Simply send an email to me, directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or to our administrator, Cindy Martin at email@example.com.
It is my goal and the intention of NIABA to engage, support and work with each and every Italian heritage bar association in the United States. We are exploring relationships with our colleagues in Canada. We will, soon, enter a memorandum of cooperation with our colleagues at the Australian Italian Lawyers Association. I am confident and excited that we will, over the coming months, move forward into deep and lasting relationships with our colleagues in Italy through the bar associations already noted above and many more.
Our engagements with Italian heritage and Italian bar associations are of consequence and meaning to our NIABA members. We wish to serve as your door and your channel to interaction with colleagues throughout the United States and beyond. A single referral gained merits your participation in NIABA. The friendships, the shared hopes, and the kinship with others is very real and enlarges our lives in so many ways. Be part of your NIABA and be part of a wondrous and living relationship among our colleagues.
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.
Tribute to NIABA Director Made in Italy
On Tuesday, 27 of July 2021, in the Council of the Commons of Ercolano City Hall, Attorney Antonella Brancaccio received the National Award for the Culture of the National Contest “Rosa Formisano”. Founder of the award is the Director of “La Voce Vesuviana, Giuseppe Imperato, an icon of journalism in Naples, Italy.
Mr. Imperato expressed great respect and admiration for Attorney Brancaccio. He commented that she is a revered daughter of Ercolano. Her professional and life successes are a point of pride for all in the community.
The attorney dedicates her life and work to humanity, being not only an expert lawyer, but, now, newly nominated honorary Consul in the United States for the Republic of Italy. She is a director of the National Italian American Bar Association. She has law offices in Florida and in Italy. She focuses on immigration issues.
Prior to the event, Attorney Brancaccio met with city councilors where they exchanged ideas to establish a future collaboration to benefit the community. Attending the award ceremony were public officials of Ercolano, including the host secretary, Pio Valletti, the President of the City Council, Luigi Simeone, and the Assessor to the Social Politics, Carmela Saulino, as acting Mayor. To honor Attorney Brancaccio, Brigadier Paolo Curcio and partner Mr. Santo Monastra for the Section Russo of ANC of San Sebastiano al Vesuvio. Loving friends and family of Attorney Brancaccio were present, including, her mother Filomena, her husband Domenic, their three children and Mrs. Rosa Imperato, Mr. Giuseppe Imperato’s daughter.
The ceremony was hosted in the marvelous room of the Council of the Commons, an honor given only to dignitaries and public figures. The room of rectangular shape is decorated in the Roman style, the prevalent style in Ercolano, the land of the Romans.
Mr. Simeone opened the ceremony, followed by Carmela Saulino, who expressed both the public and the personal value of the award, received, among other things, by two Popes, Francesco and St. Giovanni Paolo II.
Attorney Brancaccio graciously received the award with great happiness and sentiment, emotions she expressed through profoundly felt words. She expressed gratitude to her native country, Italia, the United States of America, and her family.
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.
Special thanks to our event sponsors:
Fall 2021 NIABA Board Meeting
Thursday, October 21 ~ Sunday, October 24, 2021
Thursday, October 21, 2021, 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm ~ "A Centennial Celebration”
Justinian Society of Lawyers in Chicago celebrates 100 years Thursday evening event at Galleria, Marchetti, 825 West Erie Street, Chicago.
Friday, October 22, 2021, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm ~ Board of Directors meeting
Friday, October 22, 2021, 6:30 pm ~ Dinner, venue TBD
Saturday, October 23, 2021, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm ~ Board of Directors meeting
Saturday, October 23, 2021, 6:30 pm ~ Dinner, venue TBD
We are still working on the details. Please check back for additional information.
Thank you to all who attended in person and virtually to our
2021 Summer Board Meeting
June 10 ~ June 13, 2021
NIABA presents an exciting 3 series Webinar:
Conversations with Leaders in the Law
We are planning our next series...please check back for updated information shortly...
The National Italian American Bar Association presents conversations with leaders in the law in a three (3) part series of webinars. Each features a lawyer who performs at the highest levels of the profession in that field.
The seminar will be a rare opportunity for a conversational event full of substantive law, firsthand accounts of preparation and advocacy, and focused communication to our broad collection of lawyer attendees.
There webinars are free to NIABA members, but we ask that you register in advance of the event.
___________________________________________________________________NIABA Gifts Scholarship to Justinian Law Society of Massachusetts
Pictured above from left to right: Anna Carabetta, Connecticut businesswomen, Justinian Law Society of Massachusetts President, Mario C. Campano, Chairwoman Cristina Carabetta, State Senator Joseph Boncore, President Donnarumma, and past NIABA President Philip Boncore.
On August 4, 2021, the National Italian American Bar Association gifted a $1,000 scholarship to the Justinian Law Society of Massachusetts. At the society’s annual outing held at the Thomson Country Club, NIABA President Francis Donnarumma presented a check for $1,000 to Mario C. Campano, President of the Society.
Hundreds of Justinian Society members, including judges of various courts throughout the Commonwealth, joined in a relaxed afternoon setting, a rare opportunity to greet one another following the long Covid season.
Chairwoman of the Board of NIABA, Cristina Carabetta of Connecticut, was present and entered lively exchange with Society members. A wonderful New England luncheon including, lobsters, was enjoyed by all.
The Justinian Law Society of Massachusetts was formed in 1943 and has served lawyers of Italian heritage and those supporting the goals of the Society ever since. Current Vice President Mark J. Ventola, State Senator Joseph Boncore, and former NIABA President, Philip Boncore were among the many attendees.
NIABA is reaching out to the wonderful collection of Italian heritage bar associations throughout the United States. In June, the Connecticut Italian American Bar Association hosted the NIABA board of directors for its first post-covid meeting. President Donnarumma and Chairwomen Carabetta will soon visit the Justinian Forum in Cleveland for their Judicial Appreciation Night.
NIABA VISITS JUSTINIAN FORUM
A warm and windy night on Lake Erie was the perfect setting for the 28th Annual Judicial Appreciation Dinner of the Justinian Forum of Ohio. Forum President, Basil Russo, and the association gathered with a large body of judges and Italian heritage lawyers upon the lawn of the Shoreby Club in Cleveland, Ohio.
The Justinian Forum is an association of Italian heritage lawyers of many years standing. In recognition of the work of the Forum, NIABA presented a scholarship gift in the amount of $1,000. President Russo graciously accepted on behalf of the Forum and recognized the attendance of NIABA President Francis Donnarumma and Chairwoman Crristina Carabetta.
President Donnarumma stated that it was the second time he attended the Judicial Appreciation event. He and Chairwoman Carabetta were able to enjoy not only that event but also the Feast of the Assumption Festival held by the Holy Rosary Parish in Little Italy, Cleveland. The festival emanates from the Church grounds and extends throughout Little Italy bringing visitors from near and far. The NIABA visitors enjoyed the air of community, outside vendors, restaurants, and the spirit of Little Italy past and present.
NIABA has worked in concert with the many Italian heritage bar associations throughout the United States and recently visited those in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and, now, Cleveland. Soon, the Board will meet in October 2021 in Chicago to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Justinian Society of Chicago. NIABA board members Frank Sommario and Kenneth Jenero are preparing an exciting agenda. Kicking off the weekend in Chicago will be, the Centennial Celebration of the Justinian Society on Thursday October 21, 2021.
In Memoriam: a Florida Legend in Law
The National Italian American Bar Association announces the passing on March 21, 2021 of an accomplished member, Vincent Angelo “Vin” Marchetti of Stearns Weaver Miller, Tampa, Florida based law firm. Vin practiced in land use, zoning, permitting, land use litigation, government affairs and economic development projects. His hand extended to public facilities in the Tampa Bay region and throughout the State of Florida. He worked in economic development matters as well as public-private partnerships. Prior to his work at Sterns Weaver Miller, Vin was a county attorney for Hillsborough County, Florida. He had significant impact on development and growth in that region.
Vin was active in sports law matters and worked extensively on both a major league baseball spring training facility and a community stadium used by an NFL team. He was a past chairman of the Tampa Sports Authority and sat upon the Authority’s board of directors.
In February 2020, the date of the last in-person meeting of the NIABA board of director’s, Vin was accorded honor and recognition as a distinguished member of the association.
Vin enjoyed a long and wonderful marriage with his beloved spouse, Laura Dianne (Sipe) Marchetti. They were blessed with two (2) children, Katlyn Marie “Katie” Marchetti and Andrew Vincent “Drew” Marchetti. Katie predeceased her father.
Many NIABA members shared the difficult journey in health which Vin carried in dignity, optimism, and concern for others. He was blessed in friendship with Paul Finizio, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of NIABA. Recently, Vin’s son and Paul’s daughter were joined in marriage.
Vin was a truly accomplished lawyer, outstanding in his field of practice. As members of NIABA, we can look to our brother, Vin, as both a model and aspiration in the practice of law and in the practice of life. May our dear friend and colleague rest in peace.
Vincent Marchetti Scholarship Fund
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