September 19-21, 2022




Monday September 19th through Wednesday September 21st,  2022, from 9 AM to 12 PM, two seminars each day on topics related to Italo-American interest.

AIR TRAVEL Participants must make their own arrangements regarding air travel for the conference.

HOTEL The conference will be held at the Continental Hotel, reservations must be received by JULY 31, 2022.  There is a limited block of rooms reserved. Telephone or email for reservations using the secret word NIABA 2022. Telephone 011 39 081 7644614 Fax 011 39 081 7645707

CLE CONFERENCE Monday September 19 through Wednesday September 21, from 9 AM to 12 PM, two seminars each day on topics related to Italo-American interest. REGISTRATION $300 must be paid by check prior to June 30th 2022, to reserve a spot. Checks are to be made payable to NIABA and mailed to Anthony Gianfrancesco, Esq, 214 Broadway, Providence, RI 02903. Speakers and topics will be announced soon.

TRIPS AND EVENTS Visits to Mayor’s office, Naples Chief of Police Headquarters, meetings with Judges and Prosecutors, meetings with Naples Bar Association, United States General Consul, visits to museums and more. Other possibilities include trips to Pompei, Teatro San Carlo, Universita degli Studi Federico II Falcolta` di Legge (local law school) which is the oldest law school in Europe, a party on a private boat.

Gala dinner possibly at the exclusive Rari Nantes on the bay of Naples on Wednesday evening with special guest, tenor Carlo De Antonis.

CAPRI Overnight trip to Capri which will include visit to mayor, tour to the Gardens of Augusto, island boat tour, dinner in the famous piazzetta, and after dinner at the most exclusive club “ Amema e Core’. Arrangements for Capri are Hotel Regina Cristina. Contact or call (39) 08183744 or fax (39) 0818370550.

MILAN IN ADDITION, NIABA has been invited to attend a conference with the Presidents of the various Italian bar associations in Milan prior to the Naples CLE program.

Wednesday September 14th 8PM formal dinner in Milan.

Thursday September 15 10AM Meeting with UNIONE CRINT

Thursday 1PM Lunch

Thursday 4PM Participation with Milan Bar Association meeting

Participants are free to attend some or all of the events. Each attendee absolutely must pay in advance through the site for any event that they intend on attending.  The purchase of alcoholic beverages, including wine, will be the responsibility of each attendee at the dinners. The price per dinner will be inclusive of food, taxes, gratuity and open bar style beverages. 

We will continue to post updates periodically. If you are interested in attending either trip, or would like further information, please contact Anthony Gianfrancesco at This promises to be a truly once in a lifetime event.

Mail to Attorney Anthony Gianfrancesco, 214 Broadway, Providence, RI 02903. 


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.


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Spring Board of Directors Meeting

St. Louis, MI

May 19 - 22, 2022

The Board of Directors of the National Italian American Bar Association will meet in St. Louis on May 19-22, 2022.  We are pleased to announce that the Honorable John Ashcroft, former Attorney General of the United States of America, will participate in events on Friday May 20, 2022

It is strongly suggested that accommodations be made at the Hilton St. Louis at The Ballpark Hotel, 1 South Broadway, St. Louis, Missouri 63102.  You can reach the hotel at 314-421-1776 (there is no specific room plan for NIABA.  The Hilton Hotel discounts are widely available to the public and  will be best utilized by each attendee).

Board meetings will take place at the Greensfelder, a national law firm, 10 South Broadway Street, Suite 2000, St. Louis, Missouri 63102.  We will be hosted by Greensfelder officer Vincent J. Garozzo.

Thursday May 19, 2022 - Welcome Dinner ~ Lombardo's Trattoria.  $80 per person.  201 South 20th Street, St. Louis

Friday May 20, 2022 - 12:00 - 4:30 pm Board of Directors Meeting 

      7:00 pm - Dinner ~ Ruth's Chris Steakhouse.  $100 per person.  St. Louis Downtown, 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis.

Saturday May 21, 2022 - 9:00 - 12:30 pm - Board of Directors Meeting

          7:00 pm - Dinner ~ Lorenzo's Trattoria.  $90 per person.  1933 Edwards Street, St. Louis.  

All board meetings will be at Greensfelder offices.  

All attendees are encouraged to make flight arrangements and to register at the Hilton St. Louis at The Ballpark Hotel.

Registration is now open. 

Go to the events tab above and click to register. 


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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