About the Justinians
The Justinian Law society was founded in 1943 as the Massachusetts Italian Bar Association. Initially, the Society provided Italian-American lawyers with an opportunity to meet and discuss the difficulties they faced in a profession in which many doors were closed to Italian Americans.
Today, composed of a growing number of young women as well as men, judges, law students, and lawyers practicing in the state and federal courts, the Justinian Law Society is enjoying a renaissance as a new generation of members joins its ranks. Still committed to professional development, the Society offers a wide range of educational programs, an active scholarship program for promising law students, and a popular series of social events including the Annual Law Day Dinner and the Bench Bar Outing.
Justinians strive to preserve the traditions of Italian culture and to recognize the contributions of Italian-Americans to the law. In particular, we celebrate the influence of the Emperor Justinian on the world's history and legal institutions, as well as the contributions of persons such as Cesare Beccaria and Philip Mazzei to American democracy and constitutional law.
Nationally, Justinians are actively involved in the National Italian American Bar Association (NIABA), an increasingly influential voice on behalf of the appointment of Italian Americans to the federal judiciary and to other posts in the federal government.