The Justinian Society is an
educational, non-profit organization
of lawyers whose ancestry is
Italian. It is engaged in activities
directed toward achieving its
purposes which are:
- To foster a spirit of good
fellowship and mutual cooperation
among its members;
- To maintain the honor and
dignity required of the legal
- To maintain a high standard
of ethical conduct among its
members and with other members
of the bar;
- To promote and encourage
the more profound study of
the law, the due administration
of justice and reform in the
- To coordinate their efforts
in the discharge of their
civil and professional responsibilities
to the community.
In addition to being concerned
with maintaining the highest
standards of the legal profession,
the Society seeks to support
highly qualified Justinians
for public office, including
The Justinian Society was founded in 1935 by forty-seven attorneys of Italian ancestry in Philadelphia. The Founders were Filindo B. Masino, Esq., Vincent G. Panati, Esq., Vincent C. Veldorale, Esq., Joseph Alesandroni, Esq., and Michael Marchesano, Esq. The first Board of Directors was Joseph F. M. Baldi, Esq., C. James Todaro, Esq., Americus G. Rosa, Esq., and Henry W. Deluca, Esq.
Today, the Justinian Society is engaged in activities directed toward fostering a spirit of good fellowship, maintaining honor and dignity of the legal profession, performing civic duties, administering justice, and promoting the study of law. The Society has implemented several committees to better serve Italian-American jurists, barristers, and the community at large. These committees include, the Anti-Defamation Committee, Long-Range Planning Committee, Public Offices Committee, Membership Committee, Scholarship Committee, History Committee and Continuing Legal Education Committee.
The Anti-Defamation Committee serves to eradicate prejudice that may exist against Italian-Americans in the legal profession. This Committee is concerned with displays of negative imaging and stereotyping of Italian-Americans and promotes a positive image of members of the Society as well as responds to attacks which portray our members and the Italian-American legal community in an unfavorable light because of our ethnicity.
Each year, the Justinian Society awards two scholarships for law related
studies. The Jules Fioravanti Scholarship is awarded annually to a
graduate of LaSalle University who is planning to attend law school.
This scholarship was named after a former chancellor and beloved member,
now deceased, of our Society. The second scholarship is open to law
students within our region.
The Society is actively involved in the Philadelphia Bar Association and contributes to the Philadelphia Bar Foundation and VIP on an annual basis. In addition, The Society promotes the election of its qualified members on the board of governors as well as other major positions within the Philadelphia Bar Association.
The Society also holds quarterly luncheons honoring members of the bench and bar as well as members of our community, and annual golf outing, the joint sponsorship with the Criminal Justice Section of the Bar Association of the Cesare Beccaria Award, and the Christmas Party which is the best attended event of the year.