Our mission is to celebrate Italian culture, provide continuing legal education opportunities to members of the Orange County legal community, and create fun and festive opportunities for networking among lawyers, non-lawyers, and anyone interested in good food, good wine, and good company.
The Italian American Lawyers of Orange County—Lex Romana (IALOC) meets on the second Tuesday of each month at various Italian restaurants throughout Orange County. Annual highlights include our January Board Installation Dinner, cooking demonstrations, and free networking events including a Wine Tasting of “Grapes of Italy” and Appetizers in April, a July Bocce Tournament at Il Fornaio, and a special holiday event.
Additionally, IALOC annually recognizes a member of the legal community for their outstanding lifetime legal career and support to the Italian American Lawyers of Orange County, as well as awarding scholarships to worthy law students whose Italian heritage has influenced their choice of a legal profession.
As an MCLE provider, IALOC provides periodic CLE programs to its members, typically while enjoying a glass of wine and good Italian cuisine. In addition to these local CLE programs, IALOC has a “CLE in Italy” program every two years, through which attendees can obtain MCLE credits while experiencing the history, food, wine, and culture available only in Italy. Having previously traveled to Sicily, Tuscany, and the Verona region, our next trip is scheduled for 2018.
The IALOC takes pride in being the premier OCBA Affiliate that places equal emphasis on the importance of legal, cultural, epicurean, and fermented contributions Italians have made to our society. We are well known for our love of Italian culture, food, and wines, and believe everyone is an Italian at heart. Italians and non-Italians are all welcome and encouraged to join. Our membership has grown over the years and is currently approximately 100 members. If you love good food, good wine, good company, and periodic opportunities for CLE locally and in Italy, you qualify for membership in the IALOC!
The IALOC established its roots in the Orange County community in 1979 with Joseph D’Antony installed as its first president. Founding members also include Hon. James Di Cesare, Frank Barbaro, John DiCaro, Joseph DiVincenzo, Andrew Lachina, and Frank Terreri. The IALOC thanks all of its past presidents.
For more information on becoming a member, attending a meeting, learning about the IALOC and its history, searching our Board and Membership Directories, or getting on our CLE in Italy interest list, please visit our website at IALOC.org or contact our 2017 President, Dominic Rainone.