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President’s Message

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Italian-American Bar Association of Michigan. I am honored to serve as your president for the 2015-2016 year. First founded in 1931 as the ‘Italian Lawyers Club of Michigan,’ today the ‘Italian-American Bar Association of Michigan’ (IABAM) remains one of the oldest and largest ethnic bar associations in the country. It is a charitable organization comprised of individuals who are leaders within the legal profession and within their communities. Members of our organization are proud of their Italian heritage and who seek to advance Italian-Americans both professionally and personally. Our members maintain a standard and commitment to excellence which fuels our association’s continued success. Membership in the IABAM is more than just a series of delicious dinner meetings. It is an opportunity for those new to our profession to network with members of the bench and bar in a casual setting. It is a place where both mentorships and friendships are formed, knowledge and experiences shared. If you aren’t already a member, I invite you to join us. As always, we welcome your suggestions and participation.

Best regards, Lauren Donofrio | President

We are individuals who are proud of our Italian heritage

and we seek to advance Italian-Americans both professionally and personally.

News & Events

Recent Stories & Upcoming Events

Justinian Night

Posted by admin on Jun 15, 2016

Justinian Night 2016 Every June, the IABAM and its members come together to honor the judiciary, present the Justinian Award to one judge whose contributions to the practice of law stand out, and swear in the new year’s elected officers.  This event presents an excellent opportunity for members and non-members to mingle with the judiciary. Join us for hors d’oeuvres, plated dinner, dessert and a cash bar. Tickets must be purchased in advance: JUDICIARY – gratis – RSVP required to (517) 512-5092 or lduvaldonofrio@gmail.com Students – $25 General – $45 Buy Tickets...

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2016-2017 Elections

Posted by admin on May 25, 2016

Candidates for secretary: Joseph Bellanca     Joseph Bellanca is an entertainment and media attorney at Hertz Schram PC.  He advises entertainers, musicians, athletes, writers, radio and television talent, record labels, artists, music and book publishers, music festivals, music venues, event promoters, authors, advertising agencies and media companies on issues related to contracts, licensing and trademark and copyright matters.  Prior to joining Hertz Schram, Joe was the general manager of Freedom Hill Amphitheatre in Sterling Heights, Michigan, where he worked with many iconic artists.  Joe was named a 2014 Up and Coming Lawyer by Michigan Lawyers Weekly, a SuperLawyers Rising Star (2012-2016) and dBusiness Top Lawyer (2012-2016) in the practice areas of sports and entertainment law and intellectual property and has guest lectured at the University of Michigan Law School, Wayne State University Law School and Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. Joe is also an adjunct professor at DIME (Detroit Institute of Music Education), the Treasurer of the State Bar of Michigan ACES (Arts, Communication, Entertainment and Sports) Section, a member of the Executive Board of the Detroit Music Awards Foundation and a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (the Grammys). Frank L. Briguglio Frank L. Briguglio is a first generation Sicilian/Italian-American. His parents, Rosalia and Giuseppe Briguglio grew up in Palermo, Sicily before immigrating to the United States.  Frank currently holds dual citizenship in both Italy and the United States. Frank earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Oakland University with Departmental Honors and subsequently earned his Juris Doctorate from the University Of Detroit Mercy School Of Law. Frank is licensed in the state...

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Mass at Holy Family with the Catholic Lawyers

Posted by admin on Mar 6, 2016

Join the IABAM and the Catholic Lawyers Society for mass at Holy Family Church in Detroit! See the event flyer here: Catholic Lawyers & Italian Lawyers Brunch Mass will be followed by brunch at OTTAVA VIA RISTORANTE. RSVP:  JONATHAN MARTONE- JMARTONE@CLARKHILL.COM OR        PATRICIA...

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February Dinner Meeting

Posted by admin on Feb 24, 2016

Guest Speaker:  Pierette Simpson Topic:  “Andrea Doria: Are the Passengers Saved?” A Cinematic Journey with the Producer – Includes a 15-minute Teaser of the docufilm Cost $35.00 (includes tax and tip) Family style and includes soda and coffee Dinner will include antipasto, soup, salad, couple of pastas, couple of meats, vegetable and dessert. Cocktails, wine, beer – not included – cash...

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Eighty-fourth Annual Winter Gala

Posted by admin on Dec 12, 2015

Join the Italian American Bar Association at our 84th Annual Winter Gala on December 12th at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. Gather with friends and colleagues to congratulate this year’s distinguished Greco, Rancilio, and President’s Award honorees, and this year’s scholarship awardee. Once again IABAM will be supporting the local charity Friends of Foster Kids. Guests may bring children’s presents or make monetary donations. Proceeds of the event go to Friends of Foster Kids.  Enjoy dinner, music and an open premium bar. On behalf of the executive board, we hope to see you there! Black tie optional. ONLINE PURCHASE Buy Tickets and Tables Here This event is sponsored by: OTHER PURCHASE OPTIONS: Phone: Tickets may be reserved with a credit card over the phone by contacting Lauren Donofrio at 517-512-5092. Mail: Tickets may be purchased via mail accompanied by your check made payable to IABAM.  Please indicate your meal choice and attendee name for each ticket in your correspondence.  Mail ticket orders to IABAM at P.O. Box 80661 LANSING, MI...

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OCBA 2015 Diversity Dinner

Posted by admin on Oct 1, 2015

Join the Italian American Bar Association and the Oakland County Bar Association for a strolling cocktail reception on Thursday, October 1, 2015 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Bird and the Bread (210 S. Old Woodward Birmingham, Michigan). Tickets are $40, $30 for new lawyers.  RSVP by September 25.  Register online at www.ocba.org/events or mail check made payable to the Oakland County Bar Association, 1760 S. Telegraph Rd., Suite 100, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302. For more information contact Terri Ticknor Gilbert at (248) 334-3400 or tgilbert@ocba.org.  Diversity Dinner invitation. final...

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