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To see photos from the Beccaria Award held on December 13, 2022 given to Nathan J. Andrisani, Esq. for 2022 and Professor Louis M. Natali, Jr. for 2021 click here.

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To see photos from the 2020 Beccaria Award held November 17, 2022 given to George Bochetto, Esq. click here.

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Members of the Month
June 2022 Justinian Member of the Month
This month, the Justinian Society proudly spotlights the accomplishments of The Honorable Daniel R. Sulman is a judge in the Family Division of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, where he served from July of 2016 to January of 2018 and from December of 2019 through the present, following appointments to the bench by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and election in 2021. The Judge is a lifelong resident of Philadelphia, a graduate of Philadelphia public schools and magna cum laude graduate of Temple University. He earned his law degree at Temple University Beasley School of Law. More...
May 2022 Justinian Member of the Month
This month, the Justinian Society proudly spotlights the accomplishments of The Honorable Craig Levin who is a judge of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania. He assumed office on January 3, 2022. His current term ends January 5, 2032. Judge Levin was born and raised in Philadelphia. His life has been shaped by the communities where he grew up: First in West Oak Lane, then moving as a teenager to the Northeast. He attended Philadelphia Public Schools, graduating from Temple University with a B.S. in Finance and earned his Juris Doctorate from the Delaware School of Law at Widener University. He is a proud 'Philly guy' and loves all things 'Philly'. More...
March 2022 Justinian Member of the Month
This month, the Justinian Society proudly spotlights the accomplishments of The Honorable Ann M. Butchart who was elected to a ten-year term as a Trial Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia in 2005 and was retained for a second term in 2015. She has presided in Family Court, Criminal Court and Civil Court. More...
February 2022 Justinian Member of the Month
This month, the Justinian Society proudly spotlights the accomplishments of The Honorable Rosemarie Defino-Nastasi who presides in the Court of Common Pleas Criminal Trial Division in Philadelphia. She began her legal career working as an Assistant Defender for The Defender’s Association of Philadelphia. She then joined her family’s law firm in South Philadelphia working alongside her brothers, Michael and Vincent Defino. Judge Defino-Nastasi has presided in the Criminal Trial Division for over twenty years. More...
January 2022 Justinian Member of the Month
This month, the Justinian Society proudly spotlights the accomplishments of President Judge Jack Anthony Panella of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. He was elected to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania in November 2003 and sworn into office as an appellate judge on January 9, 2004 and retained in 2013. On January 7, 2019, he was elected President Judge. His true devotion and commitment is to assure that the Superior Court does it best to serve the people and the members of the Bar in ways that are efficient and productive, and balances judicial independence with accountability. More...
  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 - Gaetan 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.
  • 2017 - Isla A. Fruchter, Esq.
  • 2018 - Mark E. Cedrone, Esq. & Joseph D. Mancano, Esq.
  • 2019 - Daniel Silverman, J.D., M.Ed.
  • 2020 - George Bochetto, Esq.
  • 2021 - Louis M. Natali Jr., Esq.
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