ITALIAN AMERICAN LAWYERS ASSOCIATION
2020 PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
Let me begin by thanking our outgoing President, Greg Salvato, for his outstanding leadership, and by thanking our amazing group of Officers, Board Members and Past Presidents, ranging from Ed Baretta, Tom Cacciatore, Doug Collodel, Jo-Ann and Roger Grace, Rocco Liberio and Steve Mesi, who have been actively involved in shaping and running this organization for years, to our energetic relatively new members Dan Cantor, Griffin Lee, Jason Marsili, Onik Ovanesian and Angela Zanin, and all the people in between including Tony Costanzo, Mariana Noli, Dave Plumley, Alice Salvo and Marina Samson, and too many more to mention.
Founded in 1977 with partial funding from Frank Sinatra, the Italian American Lawyers Association’s many worthwhile purposes include helping well-qualified members become judges or attain other prominent positions, and enhancing our legal system. I plan to focus on these goals, while doing what we do best – enjoy each other’s company over good Italian food and wine.
Our first event of the year brought together 22 legal organizations to co-present to Los Angeles County Presiding Judge Kevin C. Brazile the Diversity & Inclusion Award. The event sold out with over 70 judges attending, thereby demonstrating that diversity and inclusion are important not only to our legal community, but to the members of our courts. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra joined us and presented some opening remarks, and we had many other dignitaries as guests. I am honored to have spearheaded this important community event.
In that spirit, we hope our new friends who joined us at our February event will become long-time friends who join us at all our events. We are known for our outstanding speakers, authentic Italian food and an energy uniquely our own. In March, we celebrate Nostalgia Night with the Senior Lawyers Section of the LA County Bar Association. In April, we host Gaelic & Garlic Night with our friends at the Irish American Bar Association. And no one will want to miss our famous New York Italian Street Fair held each September. See you at the Casa!