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~ Emperor Justinian
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To see all of the photos from our most recent events, see our Flickr account.

To see photos from the 2022 Justinian Christmas Party click here.

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.

To see photos from the "In Person" Luncheon honoring Philadelphia Bar Chancellor Wesley R. Payne IV, Esq. held on February 17, 2022 click here.

To see photos from the 2021 "In Person" Luncheon honoring Phila Bar Assoc. Chancellor Lauren McKenna, Esquire and their immediate Past Chancellor Hon. A. Michael Snyder (Ret.) click here.

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

2021 First "In Person" Annual Meeting/Election Announcement
Virtual Annual Meeting, Election & Scholarship Announcement
News from The Justinian Foundation – 2020 Scholarship Recipient
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...
  Justinians Elect New Officers at Annual Luncheon

The Justinian Society elected four new officers to serve as Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Secretary and Treasurer of the Board of Governors at their June 17, 2004 Annual Luncheon held at the Union League of Philadelphia.

Gaetan Alfano, a founding shareholder at Miller, Alfano & Raspanti, P.C., of Philadelphia, has been elected to serve as the Justinian Society Chancellor. Mr. Alfano previously served as Treasurer and also serves as Secretary and Treasurer of the Justinian Foundation. His areas of practice include complex commercial litigation, insurance insolvency and reinsurance litigation, medicare and medicaid fraud and abuse, employment litigation and professional liability. Mr. Alfano received his B.A. magna cum laude from Villanova University in 1977 and his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in 1980. Upon graduating law school, Mr. Alfano joined the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, gaining extensive trial experience

Roberta D’Onofrio Pichini of Feldman, Shepherd, Wohlgelernter & Tanner was elected to serve as Secretary. more than twenty years, Ms. Pichini is the first woman in Pennsylvania to be invited into the prestigious International Academy of Trial Attorneys (membership is limited to 500 lawyers). She was elected the organization's first woman officer in 2003. She was selected to join the American College of Trial Lawyers and ABOTA (American Board of Trial Lawyers), and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Ms. Pichini was also named by the Legal Intelligencer in 2004 as one of four women leaders in personal injury litigation in Pennsylvania.

Rudolph Garcia of Saul Ewing was elected to serve as Vice Chancellor. Mr. Garcia is a member of Saul Ewing's Litigation Department in its Philadelphia office and serves on the Firm’s Technology Committee. He engages in a wide variety of complex civil litigation, including numerous jury trials, bench trials and arbitrations in federal and state courts. Mr. Garcia is a Member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association. He also is a Member of the Board of Governors and Chair of the Federal Courts Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association and has served the association as an elected member of the Nominating Committee, as Co-Chair of the State Civil Committee, and as a member of various other committees. As Chair of the Local Rules Subcommittee in previous years, he was the principal drafter of the current compilation of the Philadelphia Civil Rules, for which he was received the 1990 Philadelphia Bar Association Award. Mr. Garcia also supports the Philadelphia Bar Foundation as a member of the Hamilton Circle. He is also a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel, the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, the Louis D. Brandeis Law Society and the Lawyers' Club of Philadelphia.

Gina Furia Rubel, President of Furia Rubel Communications was elected to the position of Treasurer of the Justinian Society. Prior to this election, Gina served two three-year terms on the Board of Governors and served as student liaison and president of the Widener University School of Law Justinian Society Chapter. Ms. Rubel is an active member of the Italian-American community. She is a past recipient of a National Italian American Bar Association scholarship and has held local and state offices within the Order Sons of Italy in America and its Ivy Ridge Lodge. These positions include Lodge trustee, cultural programs director, newsletter editor, public relations chair, mistress of ceremonies and state convention delegate. She also served as a commissioner to the Pennsylvania Commission for Social Justice.

The Justinian Society was founded in 1935 by forty-seven attorneys of Italian ancestry in Philadelphia. The 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 among Italian-American students.
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