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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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  November 2020 Justinian Co-Members of the Month
11-01-2020

Denise M. Mandi, Esq.
November 2020 Justinian Co-Member of the Month

Denise M. Mandi is a Senior Trial Attorney at the Law Office of Dennis O. Wilson- in house counsel for Selective Insurance Company.

Born and raised in South Philadelphia, product of hard-working immigrant parents and first in her family to obtain a higher education receiving a B.A. in Intellectual History from University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from Widener University School of Law.

As a strong advocate and aggressive litigator, throughout her career she has tried countless jury trials with a string of Defense verdicts that lasted over 2 years. In her current practice, she represents nationally known parties in a wide and diverse practice that include premises liability, construction defects, catastrophic injuries, employment discrimination along with representation of several municipalities throughout Pennsylvania.

Currently serving as Co-Chair of the Rules Committee, Philadelphia Bar Association. She has enjoyed being a frequent speaker regarding emerging legal issues at local and national legal seminars.

Denise resides in Haverford, Pennsylvania with her 14-year-old twins, Sophia and Julian and several energetic dogs. Rumored by friends to make the best meatballs – ever - anywhere.

Una Piccola Conversazione

1. How long have you been a member of the Justinian Society?

One year.

2. Why did you join the Justinian Society, and what do you hope to gain from membership?

I wanted to be around others in my profession who are passionate about who they are and what they do.

3. What do you love or enjoy most about your job?

The opportunity and honor to stand in a court room and address a judge and a jury.

4. How would you define success?

The sheer tenacity to keep at it no matter what is thrown your way.

5. Who or what inspires you?

My children.

6. If you could choose anyone in history as a mentor, who would you choose and why?

Amelia Earhart. Great adventuress. Boldly transcended gender boundaries. Never took no for an answer. Most likely died doing something she loved.

7. Name one valuable lesson you've learned in your life and that you would advise other members to follow?

In the adversarial profession we live most of our life in, try to remember to be kind. It will do wonders for your soul.

8. What's something about you (a fun fact) that not many people know?

Might be fighting words in this group but I make the best meatballs. EVER.

9. What's the last book you read?

Their Eyes Were Watching God.

10. What's your favorite thing about Philadelphia, i.e., sports team, restaurant, museum, history, music etc.?

The smell of gravy wafting into my house on a Sunday morning.

Brittany L. Stepp, Esq.
November 2020 Justinian Co-Member of the Month

Brittany Stepp is an Associate at the law firm of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC.

Brittany focuses her practice on management-side labor and employment matters in both the public and private sectors. A significant portion of Brittany's practice involves representing employers in traditional labor matters, including in defending unfair labor practice charges and conducting related investigations.

Brittany also defends employers facing claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and whistleblower actions.

Brittany serves as a board member for the Labor and Employment Relations Association, Philadelphia Chapter. She also serves on the Board of Governors for the Justinian Society of Philadelphia, an organization dedicated to the promotion of Italian heritage in the legal profession.

In addition to her passion for client advocacy and other professional endeavors, Brittany enjoys volunteering with Achieve Now (formerly Philadelphia Reads), a non-profit organization dedicated to attaining a higher level of reading proficiency among elementary-aged students. Brittany also volunteers with the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, serving as both a mock judge for oral arguments and as a mock interviewer for first-year law students.

Prior to joining the firm, Brittany served as a co-op extern to the Honorable Petrese B. Tucker of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She also served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Doris A. Pechkurow of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Family Division.

Una Piccola Conversazione

1. How long have you been a member of the Justinian Society?

I've been a loyal attendee at Justinian events since law school and I've been an official member since 2018. My role on the Board began in 2019.

2. Why did you join the Justinian Society, and what do you hope to gain from membership?

I joined because I'm passionate about my Italian heritage and wanted to get to know like-minded lawyers. I'm grateful for all of the professional relationships I've gained. This is an incredibly genuine group of people.

3. What do you love or enjoy most about your job?

I love helping business owners navigate the situation when they get sued by former employees or when they're dealing with union issues. I also love to write. And win.

4. How would you define success?

Success means setting goals and meeting them, and enjoying that process. It is the day-to-day happiness that money can't buy.

5. Who or what inspires you?

My parents. I am the first lawyer in the family and they always encouraged me to go for it.

6. If you could choose anyone in history as a mentor, who would you choose and why?

I'm fortunate to have great mentors already, but if I were adding to the list, I'd pick two more, which would be Sandra Day O'Connor and RBG.

7. Name one valuable lesson you've learned in your life and that you would advise other members to follow?

Be good to others.

8. What's something about you (a fun fact) that not many people know?

I became very interested in law when I starting going to local township supervisor meetings in the 7th grade. I wore a suit and sat in the front row. Life came full circle last month when I presented a CLE for the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors.

9. What's the last book you read?

"Give and Take" by Adam Grant. I'd recommend it.

10. What's your favorite thing about Philadelphia, i.e., sports team, restaurant, museum, history, music etc.?

The food. Alice Pizza on 15th and Locust is my favorite.

 
 
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