The National Italian American Bar Association concluded, last week, its bi-annual seminar in Italy. In the ancient city of Naples, forty United States based attorneys attended a seminar featuring Italian lawyers, experts in their fields. Avvocati Alessandro Bovino, Giancarlo Madonna, Armando Perna, Antonello Pierro, and Vincenzo Senatore provided insightful and moving instruction on critical subjects of interest. American-based attorney Joe Andolino, presented, as well.
The seminar was led by a NIABA team of Anthony Gianfrancesco, Antoinetta Brancaccio-Balzano, and Ralph Liguori.
Attorney Brancaccio-Balzano has offices both in the state of Florida and in Naples, Italy. She organized the expert faculty for the seminar, arranged for dinners and a variety of activities spanning the city of Naples, as well as the island of Capri. As part of the events, Attorney Brancaccio-Balzano and President Francis Donnarumma met with the mayor of Naples, Gaetano Manfredi, and with the Console Generale of the United States of America, serving in the United States Embassy in Naples. They were accompanied by past president, Paul Finizio. On the island of Capri, Mayor Marino Lemboi welcomed all of the attending American lawyers in a private ceremony in the office high atop that glowing island.
Dear Colleagues and Friends:
The year 2022 has been a roaring return to activity for our association.
Board meetings took place in both Phoenix, Arizona and St. Louis, Missouri. Each provided great contact with local Italian heritage lawyers. Italian Heritage associations are now in formation in each of the states!
In April, Past President and Director, Anthony Gianfrancesco, and I were invited to join thirty-eight visiting lawyers, largely from northern Italy, who were in Philadelphia. Anthony presented on our behalf and created great ties and relationships.
During May, as NIABA’s representative to the Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations, I joined a delegation of Italian heritage leaders in Rome. We met with the Secretary of State of the Vatican, President of the Supreme Court of Italy, and Pope Francis. Meetings with government, business and charitable organizations took place. The conference made great strides in building unity with corresponding Italian organizations. Our NIABA presence and influence was most definitely extended.
With all already accomplished, the best is just upon us!
The NIABA Naples 2022 Seminar will take place during the week of September 19, 2022. Forty Italian heritage lawyers from across the United States will attend seminars presented by our Italian peers. NIABA Directors Antoinetta Brancaccio-Balzano, Anthony Gianfrancesco, and Ralph Liguori have led the effort. Our group will approach one hundred attendees at dinners, luncheons, and special events, such as a meeting with the Mayor of Naples during the course of the visit. The President of the Bar of Naples and many lawyers from the ancient city will participate with us.
A delegation of NIABA leaders will attend meetings in Milan in September. We will meet with the Unione CRINT Italiane, the network of Italian bar associations partnering with NIABA. Exchange of webinars, case referrals, visiting delegations, visiting lawyer programs and much more are in development. Our delegation will be received at a meeting of the directors of the Bar of Milan. A seminar will be presented, as well, by an NIABA lawyer on the subject of “Real Property Law” presented in concert with an Italian lawyer joining in the analysis of similarities and differences. NIABA board members resident in Italy, Marco DeFazi, Giampaolo Girardi, and Antonello Pierro, will join us. Avv Francesca Zanasi, a leader of the network, has created an engaging schedule which will move our partnership forward.
The Board will meet in Washington, D.C. on October 27-30, 2022. The School of Law of the Catholic University of America will host our meetings and events. Many NIABA members will attend the 2022 Gala of the National Italian American Foundation that weekend.
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NIABA Chairwoman of the Board, Cristina Carabetta, led the National Italian American Bar Association in New York City at the Columbus Citizens Foundation for the bi-annual meeting of the Conference of the Presidents of Major Italian American organizations. NIABA friend and supporter, Basil Russo, President of the Conference, welcomed our Chairwoman and President Francis Donnarumma among leaders of Italian heritage groups in the United States.
The attendees were welcomed for a luncheon with the Consul General of Italy in New York, Honorable Fabrizio DiMichele. Engagement and interchange among Italian and American associations, businesses, and cultural activists took place. Our chairwoman is a member of the Columbus Citizens Foundation who, along with several peers, made the event and evening dinner at the Foundation most memorable.
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NIABA Board Meets in Washington, DC!
The Board of Directors held its Fall 2022 meeting in Washington, DC on October 27 – 30, 2022. The Board met at the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, in its ceremonial Slowinski Courtroom. Board members from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Milwaukee, Chicago, New York, Cleveland, New Jersey, Florida, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Rome, Italy met with visiting lawyers. Attorney Joseph Andolino of Florida was elected to the Board of Directors. Attorney Dante Esposito of South Carolina was congratulated upon his recent admission to the bar of that State.
In attendance at the Board meeting were guests Kyle DeCant, Counsel at the United States House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor and Egon Donnarumma, attorney in the Office of the General Counsel at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Author Doug Lanzo, Vice-President and General Counsel of a Virginia based financial company, addressed the board about his emergence as a poet and writer over the last several years. He was kind to present copies of his new novel, “The Year of the Bear”, which was being released just days following our meeting. It is receiving critical acclaim.
Nationally prominent legal analyst, Renato Mariotti of Chicago, provided insight into his work which includes numerous pieces in Politico Magazine, national journals and newspapers as well as frequent appearances on national media.
The Board vigorously considered matters extending from the recently concluded seminar in Naples, Italy, the relationship with the Unione CRINT Italiane, expansion of membership through the many regional and local Italian heritage bar associations throughout the United States, and development of a journal in law.
Board members and guests attended dinners at Capa Tosta, a Neapolitan restaurant, and Il Piatto, an elegant restaurant across from the White House. Many were in attendance at the 2022 Gala of the National Italian American Foundation. Relationships were established with others in attendance from across Italy and the United States, including former Secretary of the State, Michael Pompeo, Fox Business Network Anchor Maria Bartiromo, and government leaders from Italy including the Italian Ambassador to the United States, Mariangela Zappia.
The relationship of the National Italian American Bar Association and the Unione CRINT Italiane became tangible with the first in-person meeting of representatives and leadership of each in Milan, Italy, last week.
NIABA President Francis Donnarumma and past presidents Paul Finizio and Anthony Gianfrancesco led a delegation of American lawyers to the meetings. National Secretary Alice Salvo, Chairwoman of the Board Cristina Carabetta and Directors Marco DeFazi, Giampaolo Girardi, Lydia Liberio and Mariana Noli took part in the proceedings.
At the historic offices of Attorney Roberto Cociancich in Milan, leadership of CRINT and representatives of numerous bar associations of Italy met NIABA. A personal and real working relationship was established and plans are now underway for engagement of both Italian and American lawyers.
Particular credit is due to Avv. Francesca Zanasi who worked tirelessly with the Bar of Milan in developing the Unione CRINT Italiane. She and her colleagues provided an outstanding event and meeting with the Bar of Milan in a historic court room and concluded the inaugural event in person with dinner at a private residencei.
Look forward to seminars, in-person events, exchange of lawyers, development of American/Italian law student council and much more!
St. Louis was the destination of the spring Board meeting of the National Italian American Bar Association in May, 2022. The board was hosted by Attorney Vincent J. Garozzo, a partner of Greensfelder, a firm which was founded in St. Louis in 1895 and has celebrated more than 125 years of history. In St. Louis, our members were warmly greeted by NIABA friends, Bruno and Vivian Mazzatti. There was a great turnout of local attorneys and judges and there is great expectation that a new Italian heritage association will arise, there, in the near future.
The Board of Directors of the National Italian American Bar Association held its second ever meeting in Arizona. We were generously hosted by the firm of Snell & Wilmer, a powerhouse law firm in the western United States. Partner, Benjamin Nucci, assisted in the process. While in Phoenix, we celebrated the formal memorandum of agreement with our colleagues at the Australian Italian Bar Association, virtually. Honorary Consul of Italy, Roberta Gentili Purcel, an attorney, greeted the NIABA members warmly. Francesco Guzzo, executive director of the Italian Association of Arizona coordinated dinner with a large number of Italian heritage activists.
Attorney Marco Costa, admitted to practice in Arizona, participated in the meetings. He will attend the meeting among NIABA leaders in Milan in September, 2022 and the Unione CRINT Italiane.
In October 2021, the Board of Directors and guests of the National Italian American Bar Association met in Chicago, Illinois. The meetings were held at the offices of Holland & Knight, thanks to the generosity of board member Kenneth Jenero. The weekend in Chicago was highlighted by joining the Justinian Society in Chicago in celebration of its 100th Anniversary. The Justinian Society arose from the needs of young and emerging Italian heritage lawyers, 100 years ago, in one of America’s great cities. The association has proudly represented lawyers of Italian heritage right through to the present moment at the Centennial of a great organization.
During the weekend, those assembled in Chicago were joined, virtually, with bar leaders from Rome, Naples, Milan and across Italy in formalizing the relationship of NIABA and the Unione CRINT Italiane, a network of Italian bar associations.
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