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 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 continued to meet virtually. Stay tuned for more updates under the Events Section of our website. In 2021, we hosted the following and still have plans for the following events:
January 16, 2021: Our Officers and Board of Governors virtual Installation and a Cook at Home Party along with a One (1) Hour MCLE presentation on intellectual property rights, Italy Geographical Indications and famous Italian Trademarks.
February 17, 2021: Our Diversity and Inclusion Award 2021 Night, 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 included learning about the architecture of iconic buildings and streets in LA by Italian Americans from Italian Architect Elena Manferdini.
March 17, 2021: An Italian-American Entertainment Night. We heard from many Italian Americans in the entertainment industry and played virtually the famous La Tombola game. A fabulous evening where we honored the accomplishments by Italian Americans in the entertainment industry and learned some Italian words while having some fun with the traditional Italian bingo game! This program was co-sponsored by the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce West- Los Angeles (IACCW), San Diego Italian Film Festival (SDIFF), Istituto Italiano di Cultura Los Angeles (IICLA), Italian Cultural Center of San Diego (ICC), Little Italy of Los Angeles Association (LILAA), the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) and Filmio.
April 21, 2021: Our second MCLE program in 2021, a One (1) Hour MCLE presentation on the Ethics of Alternative Billing, by Erin Joyce and Ritu Goswany. This program was co-sponsored by the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association (SCCALA), Santa Monica Bar Association (SMBA), Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance (APAWLA), John M. Langston Bar Association of Los Angeles.
May 19, 2021: A series of interviews of Growing Up Italian in America by many bar leaders and politicians across the United States of America. This event was co-sponsored by Justinian Society of Lawyers, National Italian American Bar Association (NIABA), Italian American Bar Association of Northern California (IABA), Italy-America Chamber of Commerce West- Los Angeles (IACCW), and Ancestry Pro-Genealogics.
June 16, 2021: We hosted a mixing drinks competition during our Annual Garlic & Gaelic Night (or Gaelic & Garlic according to the Irish) with the Irish American Bar Association (IABA).
July 7, 2021: Our third MCLE program in 2021 "Covid-19 Panel and IALA Moot Court Competition"
July 21, 2021: "The Improv Trick in the House" learning Improv skills for lawyers with recognized and award winner coach Bill Chott. This program was co-sponsored by the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association (SCCALA), Santa Monica Bar Association (SMBA), Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance (APAWLA), John M. Langston Bar Association of Los Angeles.
July 29, 2021: Hosted our first in-person since the Covid-19 pandemic, a Old Hollywood Glam night at the Victorio's Ristorante in North Hollywood.
August 18, 2021: We were excited to honor our IALA female past presidents and female community leaders during our "Italian American Ladies Night". This program was co-sponsored by the Women's IP Today (WIT), Women Lawyers Association of Angeles (WLALA), and LACBA President's Advisory Committee on Women in the Legal Profession.
September 8, 2021: Another One (1) Hour MCLE program: What Kanye can Teach Us About Litigation? This program is co-sponsored by the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association (SCCLA), Santa Monica Bar Association (SMBA).
October 2, 2021: Our Annual New York Italian Street Fair at the Little Italy of Los Angeles Association Festa! This program is co-sponsored by the Little Italy of Los Angeles Association (LILAA).
November 17, 2021: Our Signature Marco Polo/East-West Night when, together with other bar associations in the Los Angeles area, we will honor with the IALA Lifetime Achievement Award retired California Supreme Court Justices Carlos Moreno and Ming W. Chin.
December 8, 2021: Thanks to our sponsors, we are planning to have our monthly dinner event Back at the Casa Italiana when our Signature California Supreme Court Night takes place the first week in December. The California Supreme Court Justices will not be in attendance in person, but we are hoping to have them as our guests virtually. On this special night, we will award the 2021 IALA Scholarship to this year's winner.
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 IALA07@yahoo.com letting us know how we can help.
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