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"Justice is the constant and perpetual wish to render to every one his due."
~ Emperor Justinian
 
 
Upcoming Events
September 2021 - August 2022
Membership Application and Membership Renewal
09-13-2021
(To be rescheduled)The Justinian Society & Phila Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section presents at Philadelphia City Hall their "In-Person" Annual Beccaria Award 2020 to George Bochetto, Esquire
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09-20-2021
(CANCELLED)September Virtual Board Meeting
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10-18-2021
October Virtual Board Meeting
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11-15-2021
November Virtual Board Meeting
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12-20-2021
December Virtual Board Meeting
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August 2021 Justinian Member of the Month
This month, the Justinian Society proudly spotlights the accomplishments Joseph P. Stampone. He is the founder and managing shareholder of Stampone O'Brien Dilsheimer Law since 1984. His practice has focused on a variety of civil litigation and transactional matters, primarily complex personal injury matters, including motor vehicle accidents, product liability, construction accidents, and medical malpractice. Among his numerous passions for legal, civic and family activities, his law firm's recent project is a commissioned Mural entitled "Lady Justice" to be painted on the west wall of our office building located at 500 Cottman Avenue, Cheltenham, PA. The firm has always stood up in earnest advocating for the rights of the little guy, the powerless, and the underprivileged. A rendering of the Mural is included for your viewing. More...
July 2021 Justinian Member of the Month
This month, the Justinian Society proudly spotlights the accomplishments of Judge William J. Manfredi (Ret.) as Judge of the Court of Common Pleas from 1983 until his retirement in 2014. The Judge spent 10 years on the criminal side of the Court, as Major and Homicide Trial judge, calendar (assignment) judge for both the Major Trial and Homicide Programs, and as Supervising Judge for Philadelphia County Investigating Grand Jury. He is well-known as an accomplished mediator and has been involved in the non-trial resolutions of numerous Mass Tort and other complex major litigation. More...
June 2021 Justinian Member of the Month
This month, the Justinian Society proudly spotlights the accomplishments of Barbara A. Capozzi. She was the first woman Chancellor of the Justinian Society after completing terms in all Board Offices and has continued to serve as President of the Justinian Scholarship Foundation since its inception in 1994. During her 30 year career, she has become an authority on the South Philadelphia, Southwest and Center City housing markets. As a highly successful business owner, Barbara has thrived even in challenging economic times. As a Civic Leader, she is highly invested in the neighborhoods in which she works by building strong coalitions to fight for civic and business interests. More...
May 2021 Justinian Member of the Month
This month, the Justinian Society proudly spotlights the accomplishments of Alexander B. Giacobetti. He is celebrating his 50th year out of Villanova Law School. Among other accomplishments, he still serves as a Judge Pro Tem and Arbitrator in both C.P. and Federal Court and enjoys serving at Villanova, as a Moot Court Judge and Judge in their Client Counseling Competition. We also celebrate Alex’s contribution to the Justinian Society legacy by serving as Justinian Chancellor from 2000 to 2002 and in 2018 taking charge of the Justinian Annual Election process.His prize passion is the American British Reliability Run, a two-day charity car drive to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children. The initial goal was for $50,000 and by end of the final tally $66,950 was raised for Shriners. More...
April 2021 Justinian Member of the Month
This month, the Justinian Society proudly spotlights the accomplishments of Judge Louis J. Presenza (Ret.), President Judge Emeritus, Philadelphia Municipal Court. Following his commitment to the greater good of all communities, he was a member of the Pennsylvania Statewide Adult Drug Court Advisory Committee, the Pennsylvania Statewide Mental Health Initiatives Task Force, the City of Philadelphia's Criminal Justice Coordinating Commission and the Mayor's Task Force on Homeless Services. He also served as a faculty member for the National Drug Court Institute and is past Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP). He was a founding member of the Pennsylvania Association of Drug Court Professionals and served consecutive two-year terms as its inaugural President. More...
March 2021 Justinian Member of the Month
This month, the Justinian Society proudly spotlights the accomplishments of Judge Matthew D. Carrafiello during his career as Judge, Court of Common Pleas, First Judicial District, Orphans' Court, Administrative Judge, Orphans' Court Division, Member, Administrative Governing Board, First Judicial District of PA, Undersheriff, City of Philadelphia, Merit Selection Appointee; Administrator of Office, Adjudicator of Legal Decisions/Determinations; Chief Sworn Officer and his Trial Practice. He is most revered for his fondest activity which is mentoring students. During his early years to-date, he created and also actively participated in the Young Lawyers and Mentoring Committees activities of The Justinain Society and the Court. More...
February 2021 Justinian Member of the Month
This month the Justinian Society of Philadelphia proudly spotlights The Honorable Annette M. Rizzo (Ret.) who in these extraordinary times, has been called upon by City officials to assist in the development of an Eviction Prevention Diversion Program, modeled after the Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program. It was launched last summer to address the overwhelming adverse impact COVID has had on vulnerable housing for citizens in Philadelphia. With a team from the City, Housing Counselors, members of the Public Interest Law sector and Landlord bar, and Good Shepherd Meditation it has been in operation offering relief citywide. More...
 
Justinian Society News
06-17-2021
2021 First "In Person" Annual Meeting/Election Announcement
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01-01-2021
Justinian Society Event Photos

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

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 2019 Justinian Christmas Party, click here.

To see photos from the 2019 Beccaria Award, click here.

To see photos from the Luncheon Honoring PA Superior Court President Judge Jack Panella, click here.

To see photos from the 2019 Annual Meeting, Election & Scholarship Reception and Luncheon, click here.

To see photos from the Luncheon Honoring The Honorable Idee Fox, click here.

To see photos from the Luncheon Honoring 2019 Phila Bar Chancellor Shelli M. Fedullo, click here.

To see photos from the 2018 Justinian Christmas Party, click here.

To see photos from the 2018 Beccaria Award Ceremony, click here.

To see photos from the 2018 Annual Meeting, Election & Scholarship Reception, click here.

To see photos from the Justinian Luncheon Honoring Carl A. Solano, click here.

06-29-2020
Virtual Annual Meeting, Election & Scholarship Announcement
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06-10-2020
News from The Justinian Foundation – 2020 Scholarship Recipient
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06-05-2019
Annual Meeting, Election & Scholarship Reception
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06-18-2018
Annual Meeting, Election & Scholarship Reception
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06-12-2017
Annual Meeting, Election & Scholarship Reception
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06-09-2016
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...
06-09-2016
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...
07-01-2015
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...
01-22-2013
The Justinian Society and Foundation Announce the Richard F. Furia, Esquire Scholarship Open to Second Year Law School Students
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  The Passing of Judge Charles P. Mirarchi, Jr.
05-12-2010

It is with great sadness that we inform our members of the passing of Judge Charles P. Mirarchi, Jr. who passed away on May 11, 2010.

Members of The Justinian Society of Philadelphia today spoke of their many years of abiding affection for Judge Mirarchi.

We remembered a trailblazing member of our community who opened the door for so many others, a man who achieved great heights but never forgot his humble beginnings.

“We are overcome with grief but we have all shared so many rich and wonderful moments with Judge Mirarchi over the years, ” said Justinian Chancellor Gina Furia Rubel. “In many ways, he will never leave us, he will always be with us because he taught us so much. We were thrilled to honor his legacy last fall when we unveiled his portrait which now lives on in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.”

On a personal note Furia Rubel spoke of her family’s long association with the Judge.

“Judge Mirarchi was a close friend of my family long before I was born,” she explained. “He taught me and so many of our members in law school. When I was admitted as a member of the bar, he gifted me with my grandfather, Judge Edward Furia’s gavel. My grandmother had entrusted Judge Mirarchi with the gavel when my grandfather passed away in 1971. They were both pioneers in Philadelphia’s Italian-American legal community.”

Furia Rubel’s father and past Justinian Chancellor, Richard F. Furia said, “Judge Mirarchi was a wonderful friend, neighbor, and member of the legal community for as long as I can remember. He was always a model member of the bench and bar. A patient, respectful and honest judge, he and his kind words will be greatly missed by so many." Furia noted that all three members of Judge Mirarchi’s old law firm: Mirarchi, Coppolino and DeFino became judges of the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia – all were from South Philadelphia and all were Philadelphia Justinians.

William P. Fedullo said he still thinks of Judge Mirarchi “as the standard by which I rate all judges.” Fedullo, a past Justinian Chancellor who clerked for the Judge said “Judge Mirarchi’s wise counsel then and throughout the years sustained me.” Fedullo remembered the Judge’s selfless work for Delaware Law School of Widener University (now Widener University School of Law) and the Judge’s many charitable endeavors. “He created opportunities and careers for so many people. He was so kind and generous. We all loved this man,” Fedullo added.

Another former law clerk to Judge Mirarchi, Annette Ferrara said, “It takes a man with the utmost self confidence to focus on other people besides himself. It takes a man who truly knows himself who can be completely genuine and unpretentious with everyone, whether they are a judge, a file clerk, or anyone in between. And it takes a man of great character who will let other people shine. Judge Mirarchi, was that man.”

“We have lost a giant,” Furia Rubel added. “But we are so enriched by Judge Mirarchi’s great legacy that we are stronger and better for it. The Justinians never, ever forget our heritage. Judge Mirarchi is part of our heritage and we will forever honor and revere his memory.”

There will be a viewing for Judge Mirarchi at Monti-Rago Funeral Home (http://www.montifuneralhome.com/FuneralHome/) Friday, May 14, 2010 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday morning, May 15, 2010 from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:00 a.m. at Annunciation Church, 1511 S. 10th Street, Philadelphia.


 

 
 
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