ITALIAN AMERICAN LAWYERS ASSOCIATION
2018 PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
Through my two wonderful parents, I learned how important family is, and when we came together, family was food. I still remember getting up at 5 A.M. from the smell of my mom cooking meatballs, pasta, tomato sauce and sausage for our relatives coming to dinner.
The Italian American Lawyers Association is our family. We were founded with a simple directive: to attract more Italian American lawyers to the bench. To reflect today’s world, we need more diversity. We also want to build our network; so when a client or colleague requests a lawyer, we match them with one of our members. Everybody wins.
Developing Italian judges is not as easy as making baked ziti, but we can do it. This is how I plan to use my time as President: I’m going to form a committee to visit high schools and colleges, and encourage smart, energetic Italian students to choose law school. Then, we have to educate these law students on what it takes to become a judge. It’s a long process that works!
Choosing the law doesn’t necessarily start at home. When I told my mom that I was going to be a lawyer, she broke down and cried. She wanted me to be a hairdresser. When we take on the responsibility to show students strong, influential Italian lawyers and judges, they have role models, and we start them on a successful career path.
The next thing I will do for IALA is establish our meetings as something you simply can’t miss. We know members come to see terrific speakers, so that is my mission. We’re lining up speakers who are inspirational, entertaining, and educational.
Then, it’s up to us. Invite a colleague. Talk up our schedule in your community; and when we meet prospective members - show them the value of this family, the connection to each other, and the strength we possess. Of course, we’ll also feed them. That’s the Italian way, and how we will welcome new members to our extended family.
Besides, we’re at the heart of it; right here, in the birthplace of Little Italy. There’s not much of it left, but we’re still here, and we’re coming back. So, we’re going to replicate an Italian Street Fair. We’ll have booths serving pasta dishes and everything you remember from your childhood. I don’t know about you, but the smell of rosemary and garlic draws me like a moth to a flame.
I’m proud to be a member of this family, this organization, and this fellowship of lawyers and judges. I believe in our mission, and gladly accept the responsibility of this office. We will increase our membership with dynamic, diverse and energetic lawyers. We will be inspired by our fantastic lineup of speakers. And we will do it as family, happily and loudly enjoying great Italian meals together!
ALICE A. SALVO