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Welcome to the Italian American Lawyers Association

The Italian American Lawyers Association was founded in 1977 and became an official bar organization in 1978. We are known for our outstanding speakers, authentic Italian meals, fun and interactive Zoom events!, and an energy that is uniquely our own.

We meet on the third Wednesday of the month for dinner, drinks and informative presentation on issues of importance to our community. We normally hold our meetings at Casa Italiana, a meeting hall in Little Italy, outside downtown LA, that is filled with good feelings, great food, and a meal reminiscent of a traditional Sunday afternoon dinner with pasta, wine, salad, an entree and dessert. During the Covid-19 pandemic, for the safety of our members and the community, we are holding our meetings remotely via Zoom, asking you to make your favorite pasta and have a glass of your favorite wine, so we can continue the tradition of eating together and staying connected during these challenging times.

Despite the pandemic, we continue to meet virtually.  Stay tuned for more updates under the Events Section of our website.  For now, we have plans for the following events:

February 2021: Diversity and Inclusion Award 2021, honoring Los Angeles Superior Court Presiding Judge Hon. Eric Taylor and San Francisco Superior Court Judge Hon. Loretta Giorgi.  Held jointly with the Italian American Bar Association of Northern California (IABA).  Part of this program will include learning about the architecture of iconic buildings and streets in LA by Italian Americans from Italian Architect Elena Manferdini.  

March 2021: An Italian-American Entertainment Night. We will hear from many Italian Americans in the entertainment industry and play the famous La Tombola game.  A fabulous evening where we will honor the accomplishments by Italian Americans in the entertainment industry and learning some Italian words while having some fun with the traditional Italian bingo game!  

April 2021: a One (1) Hour MCLE presentation on the Ethics of Alternative Billing, by Erin Joyce and Ritu Goswany.  

May 2021: A series of interviews of Growing Up Italian in America by many bar leaders across the United States of America.  

June 2021: our Annual Garlic & Gaelic Night (or Gaelic & Garlic according to the Irish) with the Irish American Bar Association 

July 2021: "The Improv Trick in the House" learning Improv skills for lawyers with recognized and award winner coach Bill Chott  

August 2021: We are excited to honor our IALA female past presidents and female leaders during our Italian American ladies Night 

September 2021: Our Signature New York Italian Street Fair. 

October 2021: Our Signature Marco Polo Night.

December 2021: Our Signature California Supreme Court Night. 

We are family and we invite you to join our family if you are Italian ... or know an Italian ... or enjoy Italian food, wine or culture! Feel free to look around our website, leaf through our photo album, and get to know prominent lawyers and judges in a relaxed, comfortable setting.  

We are a resource for those who cannot, or should not, leave their homes during these challenging times. Our volunteers can drop off food and supplies. Please send a confidential email to letting us know how we can help.

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Summary of Mission Statement:

  • To foster a spirit of friendship through social and professional association among lawyers and judges;
  • To continue and improve the legal education of its members;
  • To render mutual aid and assistance to its members;
  • To promote Italian culture and the general welfare of its members and the improvement of the practice of the law;
  • And to participate in civic and community affairs so as to ensure the proper administration of justice.

Carey Caruso, son of one of IALA's Founders, Paul Caruso, speaks about the origins of our organization.
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