Program Book and Roster
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.
This year's events have included:
February 2020: Diversity and Inclusion Award 2020, honoring Los Angeles Presiding Judge Hon. Kevin C. Brazile with California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. More than 450 people attended our last in-person event before the pandemic.
June 2020: How to Practice Law During This Pandemic. We heard from Los Angeles Superior Court Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile and Assistant Presiding Judge Eric C. Taylor as well as from United States District Court former Chief Judge Virginia Phillips on the nuts and bolts of what to expect as we all learn how to practice law during this pandemic.
July 2020: A Fireside Chat with Dr. Anthony Fauci with special guests Joe Mantegna and Jay Leno. An intimate conversation just for our members with America's Doctor. We hold meetings, not webinars, allowing all of our members to participate.
August 2020: An evening honoring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, with special remarks by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, and special guests baseball Hall of Famer Tony LaRussa, baseball Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt and Philadelphia Phillies Manager Joe Girardi. A fabulous, celebratory evening held as a joint event with the Irish American Bar Association.
September 2020: New York Italian Street Fair. An interactive online event where we strolled through a street fair together, sampling delicious Italian food, listening to a comedian, watching a magician and having our caricature sketches drawn. Scrumptious street fair food was delivered to our homes by the waiters and waitresses of Casa Italiana. The 90 of us who had food delivered enjoyed lasagna, sausage & peppers, polenta, bruschetta, mozzarella & tomato skewers, rice balls and Cannoli. Everyone else must have been sticking to their diets! Held jointly with the Multicultural Bar Alliance.
October 2020: Marco Polo Night. An interactive online event with our friends from other bar organizations where we welcomed and honored Judge Samantha Jessner, the incoming Assistant Presiding Judge.
December 2020: Supreme Court Night Honoring California Supreme Court Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye. IALA spearheaded a community event honoring our State's highest Justice, with 27 bar organizations co-presenting her with a Lifetime Achievement Award. A surprise appearance form the Generation Gap barbershop quartet was quite entertaining.
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.
Summary of Mission Statement:
Carey Caruso, son of one of IALA's Founders, Paul Caruso, speaks about the origins of our organization.