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~ Emperor Justinian
 
 
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04-19-2021
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05-17-2021
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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...
January 2021 Justinian Member of the Month
This month the Justinian Society of Philadelphia proudly spotlights The Honorable Emil Giordano (Ret.) who has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the Center for Guardianship Certification, which was created to enhance the quality of guardianship services by developing and administering a comprehensive national guardian certification program. More...
December 2020 Justinian Member of the Month
This month, the Justinian Society of Philadelphia proudly recognizes the pro bono efforts of board member, Nate Andrisani, who recently secured the release of his client, Andrew Swainson, who spent more than 30 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. More...

You can read more about Nate’s victory by clicking here.
November 2020 Justinian Co-Members of the Month
This Month, the Justinian Society proudly celebrates and spotlights the accomplishments of two board members, Denise Mandi and Brittany Stepp, for their recent elections to the Board of Governors and YLD Executive Board of the Philadelphia Bar Association, respectively. Please join us in congratulating Denise and Brittany. More...
 
Justinian Society News
09-23-2020
The Justinian Society's tribute in memory of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
The Justinian Society of Philadelphia celebrates the life and mourns the passing of one of our nation's most brilliant and deeply cherished jurists, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. More...
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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01-18-2012
Justinian Society Event Photos

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

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.

 
 
  March 2021 Justinian Member of the Month
03-30-2021

The Honorable Matthew D. Carrafiello
March 2021 Justinian Member of the Month

Judge, Court of Common Pleas, First Judicial District from 11/95 to present

Current Assignment, Orphans' Court as of 1/1/10

Appointed Administrative Judge, Orphans' Court Division,  until 11-1-20

Member, Administrative Governing Board, First Judicial District of PA, until 11/1/20

Married Linda Alice Barrata

Children Alessandra Carrafiello, Esq. – Matthew Carrafiello, Jr.

Prior Experience

  • Practice of Law, including Trial Practice since 1971 until 1995
  • Undersheriff, City of Philadelphia from 1975 until 1995
    Merit Selection Appointee; Administrator of Office; Adjudicator of Legal Decisions/Determinations; Chief Sworn Officer
Education    

South Philadelphia High School Graduate, 1964 - National Honor Society

Temple University 1964 to 1968 - Graduated Bachelor of Arts Degree

Temple University School of Law 1968 to 1971 Graduated Juris Doctor Degree

Memberships/Organizations

Philadelphia Bar Association - Member
The Justinian Society - Member, Board of Directors
Volunteer Judge Quality of Life Court (Night Court)
CATCH Mental Health, Board of Directors

Custodes Pacis Lodge, Sons of Italy in America - Member
Roxborough Lodge, Sons of Italy in America - Member
Methodist Hospital Foundation - Board Member, Vice Chair for Community Relations Jenkins Law Library - Board of Directors
Various other activities and memberships

Una Piccola Conversazione

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

My first act as an attorney (after being sworn into the bar by the Hon. G. Fred DiBona) was to join The Justinian Society, sometime in November of 1971. I was sponsored by my soon to be law partner of a lifetime, James J DiMarco, Esq., and Jules Fioravanti, Esq... Jim was to be my partner until the day I was sworn in as a judge, and Jules was to be my dear friend until the day he passed.

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

I joined The Justinian Society because, I was told "it had the best Christmas parties" and the finest group of trial lawyers, anywhere!

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

What I love about all the jobs that I have done at the law, is the opportunity to see that everyone has access to justice and that the rule of law prevails. When this occurs, I am thrilled and when it doesn't, even in the midst of disappointment, I feel gratified as long as I have been part of the good fight.

4. How would you define success?

Defining success, especially in my position, is making a difference. Every matter before me is, up until that time, the most important matter that I have ever heard. If I felt otherwise, I would've quit a long time ago. To me, success is having been true to yourself and to those ideals that you value the highest.

5. Who or what inspires you?

The inspiration that I receive comes from several sources. First, I love being inspired by counsel. For counsel to be inspiring they themselves must be inspired. The actual matters that come before the court also give me great inspiration, simply because they are matters deserving of a fair hearing and a decision rooted in the law. Finally, the system as a whole is inspiring because unlike so many other societies, we share (judges, attorneys, litigants and jurors) in making the law, and we have done a pretty good job of it. As you may understand, I am so honored to be part of this process.

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

I would have to choose Judge Nicholas Cipriani. His utter kindness, lack of ego, and ability to bring people together in collaborative efforts to benefit those who have so little control over their fate. Also, his ability to give fatherly and nonjudgmental advice has benefited not only myself but the members of our society, the bar, the bench and innumerable others. He was always able to lead fearlessly without the use of coercion or threat. I owe him a never-ending debt of gratitude for always being there with his friendship, mentorship and the perfect advice.

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

Perhaps the most valuable lesson that I've learned is that I should always do what's right, even if I must re-examine a decision and admit my mistake. In doing so, I acknowledge that everyone else involved in my decisions deserve the best.

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

As a boy and young man, I played the trumpet and would've gladly became a professional, if I had any real talent. However, playing the trumpet gave me a transferable skill by being able to perform in public. Also performing teaches that you just don't give the audience anything, unless you want to succumb to being booed or perhaps being hit with flying garbage!

9. What’s the last book you read?

"The Unexpected President": the life and times of Chester A Arthur. It is a great story about a president who was a political opportunist who assumed office upon the assassination of his predecessor, and surprised everyone by reforming the federal civil service.

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

My favorite thing about Philadelphia is its neighborhoods and the differences found within them. The diversity we enjoy is tantamount to living in a truly international environment. To make it even better, each neighborhood as a plus order of restaurants, cafés, taverns with their own local flavors. I love to visit and enjoy these establishments with my family, friends and colleagues. It's wonderful to be able to share our neighbors’ culture especially through their food!

 
 
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