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Members of the Irish American Bar Association gathered ahead of the annual ‘Gaelic and Garlic Night’, a joint meeting with the Italian American Bar Association, to meet the Irish Chief Government Whip and Minister of State at Sports and the Gaeltacht Jack Chambers.
He thanked the IABA for 32 years of sponsoring Irish law school students on summer internships at the Los Angeles Superior Court – with this program overseen by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mary Ann Murphy – and the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, with Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald leading the effort. After a two-year absence from Irish law students due to the pandemic, students will arrive in June for the 33rd year of the programme.
At dinner on July 21, IALA President Tony Costanzo presented Irish American Bar Association President David Mannion with a bottle of Chianti, a miniature Ferrari and a patterned business card holder, and Mannion Costanzo with a bottle of 15-year-old Redbreast Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey.
The Italians provided entertainment by Douglas “The Crooner” Roegiers, performing the American songbook and popular Italian songs. Some IALA members surprised him by joining him on stage to sing along.
There was enthusiastic singing on “That’s Amore”, a throwback to the popular and well-attended IALA Zoom meetings during lockdown which ended with a singing along to this song.
Irish Advocate General Marcella Smith has joined the minister’s office. General Counsel Smith has graced Los Angeles with a strong Irish presence since her arrival. She has participated in many IABA events and is well known to judges and lawyers, who appreciate the presence and support of the Irish diplomatic corps at IABA events.
From left to right, Administrative Law Judge Joseph Montoya; Susan B. Kneafsey and her husband, Sean Kneafsey of Kneafsey & Friend LLP; Michael L. Turrill of Hogan Lovells US, LLP and his wife Dounia Turrill; Michael Maddigan of Hogan Lovells US LLP; Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Daniel Crowley; Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mary Ann Murphy; Chief Irish Government Whip and Minister for Defence, Sport and the Gaeltacht Jack Chambers; District Court Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald for the Central District of California; Johnny White of Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman & Rabkin; Mary O’Neill of O’Neill Huxtable and Abelson; Irish American Bar Association President David Mannion of Blakeley LLP; downtown Los Angeles attorney Patrick McLaughlin; Irish Consul General Marcella Smith; and Irish Deputy Consul General Barry Guihan.
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