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~ Emperor Justinian
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The Justinian Society and Foundation Host 80th Anniversary, Honor the Chairman of Philadelphia Energy Solutions and Present Law School Scholarships
The Justinian Society and Foundation hosted their 80th Anniversary on June 6, 2016, honoring Philip Rinaldi, Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the Board, Philadelphia Energy Solutions LLC. The Foundation also presented three scholarships to outstanding law student.More...
The Justinian Society Elects Officers at Annual Meeting
The Justinian Society Annual Meeting and Election was held on June 6, 2016 at Top of the Tower in Philadelphia.More...
The Justinian Foundation Awards Three Scholarships to Law Students
The Justinian Foundation, which provides scholarships to Italian-American students enrolled in Philadelphia-area law schools, recently presented scholarships totaling $4,500 to three area students.More...
The Justinian Society and Foundation Announce the Richard F. Furia, Esquire Scholarship Open to Second Year Law School Students
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To see photos from the 2017 Beccaria Award Ceremony, click here.

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To see photos from the Justinian Luncheon Honoring Albert S. Dandridge III, Esquire, click here.

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To see photos from the Twentieth Annual Beccaria Award Ceremony, click here.

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To see photos from the Justinian Society of Philadelphia and The Justinian Foundation honor John Gattuso, click here.

  Beccaria Committee

The Beccaria Committee is responsible for working with the Criminal Justice Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association to award a legal jurist, scholar or practitioner for outstanding contributions to the cause of justice and the advancement or legal education.

Cesare Beccaria

Father of the Modern Criminal Justice System

Cesare Beccaria was born in Milan, the eldest son in an aristocratic family. He studied at the Jesuit school in Parma and earned a degree in jurisprudence at the University of Pavia. From 1768 to 1770, Beccaria was a teacher of law and economics in Milan.

In his mid-twenties, Beccaria joined an intellectual circle known as Accademia dei Pugni (the Academy of Fists), which focused on reforming the criminal justice system.

In 1764, at age 26, Beccaria wrote On Crimes and Punishments, a brief essay which relentlessly protested against torture to obtain confessions, secret accusations, the arbitrary discretionary power of judges, inconsistency and inequality of sentencing, and the use of capital punishment. For Beccaria, the purpose of punishment was not to exact revenge but to create a better society by deterring others from committing crimes and by preventing the criminal from repeating his crime.

Almost immediately, Beccaria's work was translated into English and French and was hailed by the philosophers of his time. On Crimes and Punishments was the impetus for much needed reform in the criminal justice system.

Beccaria's ideas and words continue to be quoted, even today, by judges and advocates alike. This year marks the 214th anniversary of his death.

Past recipients

  • 1994 - Hon. Lisa A. Richette
  • 1995 - Prof. James A. Strazzella
  • 1996 - Hon. Abraham J. Gafni
  • 1997 - Mary DeFusco, Esquire
  • 1998 - Hon. Louis J. Presenza & Prof. Edward D. Ohlbaum
  • 1999 - Donald C. Marino, Esquire & Hon. Edmund B. Spaeth, Jr.
  • 2000 - L. Felipe Restrepo, Esquire
  • 2001 - Hon. Anthony J. Scirica
  • 2002 - Hon. Charles P. Mirarchi, Jr.
  • 2003 - Jules Epstein, Esquire
  • 2004 - A. Charles Peruto, Sr., Esquire
  • 2005 - David Rudovsky, Esquire
  • 2006 - Michael C. Rainone, Esquire (Chair Emeritus)
  • 2007 - Hon. Carolyn Engel Temin
  • 2008 - Hon. Anthony J. De Fino
  • 2009 - Gaetam Alfano, Esq.
  • 2011 - Frank DeSimone, Esq.
  • 2012 - Carmen C. Nasuti, Esq.
  • 2013 - Burton A. Rose, Esq.
  • 2014 - Daniel A Rendine, Esq.
  • 2014 - Daniel M Rendine, Esq.
  • 2015 - Troy H. Wilson, Esq.
  • 2016 - Marc Stephen Raspanti, Esq.
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