On Wednesday. the Brooklyn Law School Italian-American Student Association held its annual alumni dinner at the school where it honored alumnus Frank Carone, the president of the Brooklyn Bar Association.
A crowd of about 50 students and alumni and their families, colleagues and friends joined together at the event to share a dinner and to present the award to Carone. The event was opened by Joseph Caldarera, a past president of the student association, and a Republican candidate for Congress in Bay Ridge and Staten Island, who read the poem “I am an Italian-American” by Angelo Bianchi.
“I am an Italian-American. My roots are deep in an ancient soil, drenched by the Mediterranean sun, and watered by pure streams from snow-capped mountains,” the poem opened.
“I was very proud to be part of a wonderful celebration of Italian American culture. Great job by the Italian American Law Students Association for putting together a wonderful evening.”
Before he presented Carone with the award, association President Michael Millus read a list of Carone’s accomplishments that included his academic, legal and military achievements, and explained that the reason the group decided to honor Carone was that he is a great example for Italian-Americans in the legal community.
“With such a long list of accomplishments, you set the bar high for what it means to be a BLS graduate,” Millus said of Carone. “Your accomplishments as a lawyer and member of the Brooklyn community speak volumes about who you are as a person. The members of IALSA hope that by honoring you tonight and spreading your story, it inspires everyone here to try to be better in the same way you inspired us.”