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~ Emperor Justinian
 
 
Upcoming Events
2022 Membership Application and Membership Renewal
03-18-2022
Re-scheduled date TBD
Beccaria Ceremony Awarded to George Bochetto, Esq. with Complimentary Reception

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05-16-2022
(To Be Rescheduled) May Virtual Board Meeting
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06-20-2022
June Virtual Board Meeting
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Members of the Month
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...
December 2021 Justinian Member of the Month
This month, the Justinian Society proudly spotlights the accomplishments of Judge Idee C. Fox. In January 2008, Judge Fox was reassigned to the Civil Trial Division. She was assigned to the high-volume Civil Motions Program for about four years. She served as a Co-Team Leader of the Mass Tort/Arbitration Appeal/Non-Jury Program. In 2016, she was appointed Supervising Judge of the Civil Trial Division, where served until being elected President Judge by the judges of the Court of Common Pleas in late 2018. She now serves as the President Judge and Chair of the Administrative Governing Board.More...
November 2021 Justinian Member of the Month
This month, the Justinian Society proudly spotlights the accomplishments of Judge Angelo J. Foglietta. He has been a judge in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County since January 2012 where his honor presides over complex wrongful death and survival actions, medical malpractice, and products liability major jury trials. The Judge is passionate about community service which includes Senior Citizens Judicare Project; Special Olympics; Feed the Children; Volunteer Stand Down Philadelphia, United Communities of Southeast Philadelphia (His honor was appointed as a member of the Board of Directors and then his honor was elected as the President of the Board of Directors).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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