Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to year 2022!  Let us attack the new year with innovation, positive attitude, and success! 

The board of directors of the National Italian American Bar Association will meet in Phoenix, Arizona on February 3 through February 6, 2022.  The board meets three times a year.  We welcome attendance at the meetings and dinners by all members of the association.  See the registration opportunities on this page.

At 4:00 PM, Arizona time, on February 4, 2022, we will have a virtual joint meeting of our colleagues of the Australian Italian Lawyers Association.  Over the last two years, we have met virtually with our Australian peers.  On February 4, we will meet, again, to formalize a Memorandum of Cooperation between our associations.  This will lead to consistent interaction including seminars, lawyer exchanges, and a special meeting in the United States of Australian Italian lawyers.  That will present a great opportunity for exchange among our NIABA members, our clients with international businesses, and our cultural institution partners.

The year 2021 gave us live meetings following the initial COVID restricted period.  The board met at the very first law school in the United States, the Tapping Reeve Law School in Litchfield, Connecticut, in June.  The Connecticut Italian American Bar Association co-sponsored the weekend.  United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals Judge William Nardini was our featured guest.  He spoke at the law school grounds with our association  and, virtually, with bar association presidents in Italy and many Italian lawyers.  It was a great prelude to events which took place later in the year.

At our fall meeting, the board met in Chicago.  As a centerpiece of that meeting, a virtual ceremony was held in which our association entered into a Memorandum of Cooperation with the Unione CRINT Italiane.  This is a network of bar associations of Italy.  Attending the ceremony were presidents of the bar associations of Rome, Naples, and Milan.  Many Italian lawyers joined the ceremony.  National civic leaders in the United States of Italian heritage organizations attended and heralded our association as the leading organization of Italian heritage lawyers in the United States.  The memorandum opens a wide opportunity for NIABA members.  That opportunity will develop over the next year or two, including lawyer exchanges, seminars of interest, regular visits of delegations and wonderful referral opportunities.

The bar associations of Rome and Naples, through their presidents, have already processed the formal approval through their respective boards.  Fifty-one other Italian bar associations are conducting that months long process.  As a result of this new relationship, we will have direct contact with thousands of lawyers in Italy.

Our association is revising its NIABA News better exchange among our NIABA members.  It will, as well, be our leading tool of exchange with our colleagues in Italy. 

The Digest, our scholarly journal of law, was hosted by the Syracuse University School of Law for about 25 years under the leadership of Professor Robyn Malloy.  We are, now, in formation of a revived journal through the leadership of new NIABA board member Maria Chiara Parisi of San Francisco, California.  We have teams of volunteer lawyers/members of NIABA involved in each of these worthy projects. 

Our spring board meeting will take place in May in Charleston, South Carolina.  Details will be announced soon!

We are fortunate to be alive and inspired in 2022!  Much success and achievement!

Francis M. 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:



Winter 2022 NIABA Board Meeting

Phoenix Arizona

Thursday, February 3 - 6, 2022

Thursday, February 3, 7:00 pm  ~  Welcome Dinner. Forno 301 Restaurant – 1616 North Central Avenue, Unit 104, Phoenix, Arizona at 7:00 pm.  A fun and lively dinner with little formality to welcome all to Phoenix.  Price is $65.00 per person, including meal, taxes, gratuity, and an open bar. 

Friday, February 4, 12;00 pm to 4:00 pm ~ Board of Directors meeting.  Snell & Wilmer, 400 E. Van Buren Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85004.

4:30 pm ~ Virtual Joint Meeting with Australian Italian Lawyers Association and signing ceremony at Snell & Wilmer

Friday, February 4, 7:00 pm ~ Dinner.  Mora Italian – 5651 North 7th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85014 at 7:00 pm.  Price is $90.00 per person, including food, taxes, and gratuity.  A cash bar for alcohol beverages will be available for attendees.

Saturday, February 5, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm ~ Board of Directors meeting. Snell & Wilmer, 400 E. Van Buren Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85004.

Saturday, February 5, 7:00 pm ~ Dinner.  Veneto Trattoria – 6137 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, Arizona 85250 at 7:00 pm. Dining for $90.00 per person, including food, taxes, gratuity, and wine.  Alcohol beverages other than the provided wine available at cash bar.

Hotel Information:  AC Hotel Phoenix Downtown, 414 N. 5th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85004

Guests may call Marriot reservations at 800-228-9290 or 602-258-1771 on or before Monday, January 7, 2022, to make their sleeping room reservations.  Guests must identify themselves as part of the National Italian American Bar Association group staying at the AC Hotel Phoenix Downtown, 414 N. 5th Street, Phoenix, Arizona.

Please note that the NIABA group rate is under the "Donnarumma Law Firm". Please refer to that to get the NIABA special rate.  Use below link for direct access:

Book your group rate for Donnarumma Law Firm


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

2021 Fall Board Meeting

October 21 ~ 24,  2021 

Chicago, Il


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.

These 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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