Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Autumn of 2021 as brought with it a flurry of activity as lawyers in the United States, Canada, and Italy resume schedules more active than ever.  Though COVID rules and regulations pertain, the variations are many depending upon states, regions, and countries.

The Board of Directors of the NIABA will meet in Chicago on October 21 – 24, 2021.  Our members will attend the centennial event of the Justinian Society of Lawyers in a grand celebration on Thursday, October 21, 2021.  Dion U. Davi, President of the Society will review a century of accomplishment and unity among today’s Justinians and those who preceded them.  The Society arose from a meeting held on October 17, 1921.  Lawyers of Italian heritage in Chicago, then, were very few.  With dogged determination and mutual support, they exchanged care and concern for one another and,  over ten decades, rose to the vibrant Society which now exists as a model for all Italian heritage bar associations.

In NIABA, we enjoy the leadership of Executive Vice-President Frank Sommario and Regional Vice-President Kenneth Jenero, both Chicago based lawyers.  Each is a proud Justinian. 

Over the forty (40) years of NIABA history, we have been strengthened and led by great Justinians.  At the Friday and Saturday evening dinners of the NIABA Chicago weekend, we will recognize the following:

1.            Richard B. Caifano (present at NIABA’s inaugural meeting)

2.            Hon. Bruno J. Tassone (Past President)

3.            Salvatore J. Tornatore (Past President)

4.            Antonio M. Romanucci

5.            Jerome A. DePalma

6.            Franco A. Coladipietro

7.            Frank E. DiVito

8.            Nina Albano Vidmer (former executive assistant to NIABA)

Each of those mentioned, here, brought vitality, spark, and energy to our association.  For that, NIABA remains forever thankful.

As a national bar association, we strive to engender working relationships with the wonderful Italian heritage bar associations throughout the United States.  This year, I have visited the Justinian Law Society of Massachusetts, the Justinian Forum in Cleveland, and the Connecticut Italian American Bar Association.  More visits and interplay are in the works.  During the height of COVID restrictions, we enjoyed out of the ordinary cooperation and exchange with the Italian American Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.  Their outstanding virtual conferences, presentations, and meetings gave great life to Italian heritage lawyers across the country.

Among notable NIABA lawyers, Attorney and former Morris County, New Jersey, prosecutor, Robert A. Bianchi was sworn in as President of the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy and America (OSDIA), the nation’s largest Italian American organization.  President Bianchi has received the congratulations of NIABA and has agreed to participate in a virtual event which will soon be announced.  He is a dedicated friend and participant in NIABA.

Honorable Basil Russo continues to lead as President of The Conference of Presidents of Major Italian American Organizations.  NIABA is proud to be one of the member organizations of the conference.  President Russo has continued to aggregate Italian American organizations throughout the United States into a working group seeking to achieve unity, cohesiveness, and clear messaging on behalf of our heritage and causes.  President Russo is, also, President of the Justinian Forum, based in Cleveland, Ohio, a longstanding Italian heritage bar association.  A friend of NIABA, he is has addressed our board in person, in the past, and is a loyal friend and ally.

All lawyers of Italian heritage and those who are interested in and support our purposes are welcome to join!  If a member, be sure to renew.  Contact me directly at should you wish to become closely involved in our association.

Fran Donnarumma



Kenneth Jenero, Regional Vice-President with Richard Trumka, President of AFL-CIO in Washington DC

Centennial Celebration in Chicago

The Justinian Society of Lawyers, chartered on October 21, 1921 in Chicago, will celebrate 100 years of service next year.  The Centennial Celebration will take place on October 21, 2021 at the Galleria Marchetti in Chicago.  NIABA National Secretary, Frank Sommario,  and Regional Vice-President of the Midwest, Kenneth Jenero, are proud and leading Chicago Justinians.

We at NIABA credit our sisters and brothers of the Justinian Society of Lawyers for their many years of success.  We look forward to joining them in the celebration in 2021.


Tribute to NIABA Director Made in Italy

On Tuesday, 27 of July 2021, in the Council of the Commons of Ercolano City Hall, Attorney Antonella Brancaccio received the National Award for the Culture of the National Contest “Rosa Formisano”. Founder of the award is the Director of “La Voce Vesuviana, Giuseppe Imperato, an icon of journalism in Naples, Italy.

Mr. Imperato expressed great respect and admiration for Attorney Brancaccio. He commented that she is a revered daughter of Ercolano.  Her professional and life successes are a point of pride for all in the community.

The attorney dedicates her life and work to humanity, being not only an expert lawyer, but, now, newly nominated honorary Consul in the United States for the Republic of Italy.  She is a director of the National Italian American Bar Association.  She has law offices in Florida and in Italy.  She focuses on immigration issues.

Prior to the event, Attorney Brancaccio met with city councilors where they exchanged ideas to establish a future collaboration to benefit the community. Attending the award ceremony were public officials of Ercolano, including the host secretary, Pio Valletti, the President of the City Council, Luigi  Simeone, and the Assessor to the Social Politics, Carmela Saulino, as acting Mayor. To honor Attorney Brancaccio, Brigadier Paolo Curcio and partner Mr. Santo Monastra for the Section Russo of ANC of San Sebastiano al Vesuvio.  Loving friends and family of Attorney Brancaccio were present, including, her mother Filomena, her husband Domenic, their three children and Mrs. Rosa Imperato, Mr. Giuseppe Imperato’s daughter.

The ceremony was hosted in the marvelous room of the Council of the Commons, an honor given only to dignitaries and public figures. The room of rectangular shape is decorated in the Roman style, the prevalent style in Ercolano, the land of the Romans.

Mr. Simeone opened the ceremony, followed by Carmela Saulino, who expressed both the public and the personal value of the award, received, among other things, by two Popes, Francesco and St. Giovanni Paolo II.

Attorney Brancaccio graciously received the award with great happiness and sentiment, emotions she expressed through profoundly felt words. She expressed gratitude to her native country, Italia, the United States of America, and her family.


Zoom Meeting with Our Australian Friends

NIABA President Francis M. Donnarumma has, recently, engaged in exchanges with Vincent Morfuni, President of the Australian Italian Lawyers Association.  An effort has been underway to develop a close and rewarding exchange and friendship with our colleagues in Australia.

The Honorable Gaetano (Tony) Pagone, a renowned jurist and educator in Australia, will join members of the Australian Italian Lawyers Association and members of NIABA in a social Zoom conference to take place in several weeks.  Judge Pagone has served as President of the International Association of Judges and is a wonderful facilitator of our ever-enlarging relationships with lawyers in Italy, Canada, and, now, Australia.

Look for details and an invitation in several days to attend this initial meeting with our new friends and colleagues.


Special thanks to our event sponsors:



Fall 2021 NIABA Board Meeting

Thursday, October 21 ~ Sunday, October 24, 2021

Thursday, October 21, 2021, 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm ~  "A Centennial Celebration”

Justinian Society of Lawyers in Chicago celebrates 100 years Thursday evening event at Galleria, Marchetti, 825 West Erie Street, Chicago.  Go to to register for this event.  

Friday, October 22, 2021, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm ~ Signing ceremony. Union CRINT Italiano and Italian Bar Associations.  Signing of Memorandum of Cooperation.  

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm ~ Board of Directors meeting.  Holland & Knight, 150 North Riverside Plaza, Suite 2700, Chicago, Illinois 60606

Friday, October 22, 2021, 6:30 pm ~ Dinner.  Bella Notte, 1374 West Grand Avenue, Chicago.  $90.00 per person, includes meal, tax, and gratuity.  Cash bar.

Saturday, October 23, 2021, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm ~ Board of Directors meeting. 

Holland & Knight, 150 North Riverside Plaza, Suite 2700, Chicago, Illinois 60606

Saturday, October 23, 2021, 6:30 pm ~ Dinner.  Macello Cucina Di Puglia, 1235 West Lake Street, Chicago.  $90.00 per person, includes meal, tax and gratuity.  Cash bar.  

Hotel InformationTrump International Hotel and Tower, 401 North Wabash Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611 has offered a preferred rate for National Italian American Bar Association Board Meeting, cut off date for preferred rate October 8, 2021.

Please use below link for registration at the Trump International Hotel in Chicago for the meeting of the Board October 21-24, 2021.  Registering through this link gets us the preferred rate in our room block!

National Italian Association


Thank you to all who attended in person and virtually to our

2021 Summer Board Meeting

June 10 ~ June 13, 2021 

Litchfield Connecticut


NIABA presents an exciting 3 series Webinar: 

Conversations with Leaders in the Law 

We are planning our next series...please check back for updated information shortly...

The National Italian American Bar Association presents conversations with leaders in the law in a three (3) part series of webinars. Each features a lawyer who performs at the highest levels of the profession in that field. 

The seminar will be a rare opportunity for a conversational event full of substantive law, firsthand accounts of preparation and advocacy, and focused communication to our broad collection of lawyer attendees.

There webinars are free to NIABA members, but we ask that you register in advance of the event.


NIABA Gifts Scholarship to Justinian Law Society of Massachusetts

Pictured above from left to right: Anna Carabetta, Connecticut businesswomen, Justinian Law Society of Massachusetts President, Mario C. Campano, Chairwoman Cristina Carabetta, State Senator Joseph Boncore, President Donnarumma, and past NIABA President Philip Boncore.

On August 4, 2021, the National Italian American Bar Association gifted a $1,000 scholarship to the Justinian Law Society of Massachusetts. At the society’s annual outing held at the Thomson Country Club, NIABA President Francis Donnarumma presented a check for $1,000 to Mario C. Campano, President of the Society.

Hundreds of Justinian Society members, including judges of various courts throughout the Commonwealth, joined in a relaxed afternoon setting, a rare opportunity to greet one another following the long Covid season.

Chairwoman of the Board of NIABA, Cristina Carabetta of Connecticut, was present and entered lively exchange with Society members. A wonderful New England luncheon including, lobsters, was enjoyed by all.

The Justinian Law Society of Massachusetts was formed in 1943 and has served lawyers of Italian heritage and those supporting the goals of the Society ever since. Current Vice President Mark J. Ventola, State Senator Joseph Boncore, and former NIABA President, Philip Boncore were among the many attendees.

NIABA is reaching out to the wonderful collection of Italian heritage bar associations throughout the United States. In June, the Connecticut Italian American Bar Association hosted the NIABA board of directors for its first post-covid meeting. President Donnarumma and Chairwomen Carabetta will soon visit the Justinian Forum in Cleveland for their Judicial Appreciation Night.



A warm and windy night on Lake Erie was the perfect setting for the 28th Annual Judicial Appreciation Dinner of the Justinian Forum of Ohio.  Forum President, Basil Russo, and the association gathered with a large body of judges and Italian heritage lawyers upon the lawn of the Shoreby Club in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Justinian Forum is an association of Italian heritage lawyers of many years standing.  In recognition of the work of the Forum, NIABA presented a scholarship gift in the amount of $1,000.  President Russo graciously accepted on behalf of the Forum and recognized the attendance of NIABA President Francis Donnarumma and Chairwoman Crristina Carabetta.

President Donnarumma stated that it was the second time he attended the Judicial Appreciation event.  He and Chairwoman Carabetta were able to enjoy not only that event but also the Feast of the Assumption Festival held by the Holy Rosary Parish in Little Italy, Cleveland.  The festival emanates from the Church grounds and extends throughout Little Italy bringing visitors from near and far.  The NIABA visitors enjoyed the air of community, outside vendors, restaurants, and the spirit of Little Italy past and present.

NIABA has worked in concert with the many Italian heritage bar associations throughout the United States and recently visited those in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and, now, Cleveland.  Soon, the Board will meet in October 2021 in Chicago to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Justinian Society of Chicago.  NIABA board members Frank Sommario and Kenneth Jenero are preparing an exciting agenda.  Kicking off the weekend in Chicago will be, the Centennial Celebration of the Justinian Society on Thursday October 21, 2021.


In Memoriam: a Florida Legend in Law

The National Italian American Bar Association announces the passing on March 21, 2021 of an accomplished member, Vincent Angelo “Vin” Marchetti of Stearns Weaver Miller, Tampa, Florida based law firm.  Vin practiced in land use, zoning, permitting, land use litigation, government affairs and economic development projects.  His hand extended to public facilities in the Tampa Bay region and throughout the State of Florida.  He worked in economic development matters as well as public-private partnerships.  Prior to his work at Sterns Weaver Miller, Vin was a county attorney for Hillsborough County, Florida.  He had significant impact on development and growth in that region.

Vin was active in sports law matters and worked extensively on both a major league baseball spring training facility and a community stadium used by an NFL team.  He was a past chairman of the Tampa Sports Authority and sat upon the Authority’s board of directors.

In February 2020, the date of the last in-person meeting of the NIABA board of director’s, Vin was accorded honor and recognition as a distinguished member of the association.

Vin enjoyed a long and wonderful marriage with his beloved spouse, Laura Dianne (Sipe) Marchetti.  They were blessed with two (2) children, Katlyn Marie “Katie” Marchetti and Andrew Vincent “Drew”  Marchetti.  Katie predeceased her father.

Many NIABA members shared the difficult journey in health which Vin carried in dignity, optimism, and concern for others.  He was blessed in friendship with Paul Finizio, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of NIABA.  Recently, Vin’s son and Paul’s daughter were joined in marriage.

Vin was a truly accomplished lawyer, outstanding in his field of practice.  As members of NIABA, we can look to our brother, Vin, as both a model and aspiration in the practice of law and in the practice of life.  May our dear friend and colleague rest in peace.

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Vincent Marchetti Scholarship Fund


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