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Welcome to the Italian American Lawyers Association

The Italian American Lawyers Association, a Los Angeles-area bar association, was founded in 1977. We are known for our outstanding speakers, authentic Italian meals, and an energy that is unique to our bar association.

Annual events include "California Supreme Court Night," featuring the Chief Justice and Associate Justices of our state's high court, "Gaelic and Garlic Night," held with the Irish American Bar Association., "Marco Polo Night," held with the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association and the Japanese American Bar Association., "Hall of Fame Night," where we honor prominent members of our community, and the "Installation Ball."

Our meetings are fun and informative. Every meeting is a celebration. We celebrate being together, and being of Italian heritage. Those who aren't of Italian heritage celebrate along with us! We hold our meetings at Casa Italiana, a meeting hall that is filled with good feeling, as well as aromas emanating from the kitchen reminding us of family dinners.

The IALA is a family. Look around our website, leaf through our family photo album, and be introduced to some lawyers and judges in a relaxed, comfortable setting. When you come to Los Angeles, join us at our meetings on the third Wednesday of the month. 

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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.


Scholarship Application Here.pdf

Due Date: October 31, 2018 

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

Upcoming events

    • 24 Oct 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Casa Italiana - 1051 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

    Click Here for Flyer  2018-09-25 IALA Marco Polo flyer-rev-9-25-18.pdf

    Featuring: A Talent Show by Local Bar Presidents/Leaders

    As of Today the following Bar Associations will be participating: Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance (APAWLA) , Italian American Lawyers Association (IALA), Japanese American Bar Association (JABA), Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), Multi-Cultural Bar Association (MCBA), Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association (SCCLA), and The San Fernando Valley Bar Association (SFVBA)

    Entrée Selection:

    Chicken*, Sausage and Peppers, or Eggplant Parmigiana - All dinners come with Antipasto, Mostaccioli, Spumoni, and Wine

    Cocktails - 6:00pm      Dinner - 7:00pm

    *To guarantee meal selection please RSVP by October 19, 2018

Past events

15 Aug 2018 Councilmember Buscaino's Vision for "Little Italy" in Los Angeles
18 Apr 2018 Garlic and Gaelic Night
21 Mar 2018 3rd annual Nostalgia Night - Political Campaigns
21 Feb 2018 So you want to be a Judge
21 Jan 2018 January 2018- Installation Ball
06 Dec 2017 Annual California Supreme Court Night and Gary Greene and the Big Band of Barristers: 2 Great Legal Ensembles, 1 Great Evening!
26 Oct 2017 Tribute to The Champions of Justice Sponsorship Levels
22 Oct 2017 The Los Angeles Italian Festival
17 Oct 2017 Red Mass
14 Oct 2017 IAMLA Presents - Taste of Italy
05 Oct 2017 Order of Sons of Italy - Columbus Celebration
04 Oct 2017 East West Night (fka Marco Polo Night) - featuring California State Treasurer John Chiang
03 Oct 2017 Lawrence DiStasi: The Danger in "Potentially Dangerous"
20 Sep 2017 Government Night I - Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger and Councilman Joe Buscaino
27 Aug 2017 Reminder: 12th Annual Red Carpet Gala
16 Aug 2017 Vince Ferragamo - A Real Italian-American - L.A. Rams Super Bowl Legend, Philanthropist and Vintner
19 Jul 2017 Italian American Lawyers Association Summer Mixer with the Armenian Bar Association and San Fernando Valley Bar Association hosting Glendale Bar Association and Pasadena Bar Association
21 Jun 2017 Gender Bias and Underestimated Women in Crime
17 May 2017 Hall of Fame Night
19 Apr 2017 19 April – Garlic and Gaelic Night
02 Mar 2017 2 March - LACBA Trailblazer Awardees - the late Presiding Judge Vaino Spencer and Selma Moidel Smith
15 Feb 2017 General Meeting with the National Italian American Bar Association ft. Joe Sena, Esq.
28 Jan 2017 28 January 2017 - Installation Ball
06 Dec 2016 Supreme Court Night & Gary Greene
14 Nov 2016 Jack Denove Roast
19 Oct 2016 Italian Government Night
21 Sep 2016 Marco Polo and Friends Night
17 Aug 2016 Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich
20 Jul 2016 Recognizing and Eliminating Bias (“Ageism”) presented by the Honorable James A. Steele
15 Jun 2016 The Path to Becoming a Trial Lawyer presented by Dale K. Galipo
18 May 2016 The Amanda Knox Trial & The Italian Justice System, presented by Patrick Del Duca, Esq.
20 Apr 2016 20 April – Garlic and Gaelic
30 Mar 2016 The Dangers of Alcohol - Presented by Carey Caruso
24 Feb 2016 IALA - Welcomes Bill Lagattuta
30 Jan 2016 2016 Installation Ball
01 Dec 2015 Supreme Court Night
18 Nov 2015 Wine Tasting
23 Sep 2015 Marco Polo Night with Councilman Ryu
19 Aug 2015 Italian American Lawyer's Summer Social
15 Jul 2015 Gaelic & Garlic Night
17 Jun 2015 Short history on Italians in America and LA
20 May 2015 Feeding the Children presented by Sir Bruno Serato
15 Apr 2015 JANET NAPOLITANO speaks to IALA
31 Jan 2015 2015 INSTALLATION BALL


Do you play an instrument or sing?  The Los Angeles Lawyers PhilharmonicLegal Voices and Gary Greene, Esq., and His Big Band of Barristers are looking for musicians and singers who are lawyers, judges, law students and legal staff.  Proclaimed as “LA’s Only Legal Orchestra and Chorus,” the LA Lawyers Phil and Legal Voices have achieved international recognition.  The Big Band of Barristers has been named America’s No. 1 Legal Band after winning the American Bar Association’s nationwide competition.  The big band has some exciting gigs coming up while the orchestra and chorus are gearing up for their 7th Annual Concert Extraordinaire at Walt Disney Concert Hall in June.  They are auditioning ALL instruments and vocalists.  If you would like to try out for these ensembles, please email  Take a look at an audition flyer: Click to View Flyer .  For more info, visit

Save the date! IALA will host the Irish American Bar Association on April 18, 2018 at the Casa Italiana. 

In addition, consider joining NIABA (the National Italian American Bar Association) at the same time that you join IALA with a single mouse click! Keep track of So. Cal. IALA news and national Italian-American legal news. 

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