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 Stephen 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 fostering a spirit of friendship among our members, the judiciary and others. 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 450 attendees, including 70 sitting judges, 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 presented 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 July, we will be celebrating the many accomplishments of one of our most famous fellow Italian Americans, affectionately known as America's Doctor, Dr. Anthony Fauci. We will be holding our meetings virtually during the current pandemic for your safety and for the safety of our community. So grab a plate a pasta and your favorite vino and we'll see you at your Casa!
President, Italian American Lawyers Association