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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...
 
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06-17-2021
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01-01-2021
Justinian Society Event Photos

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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.

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

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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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  May 2021 Justinian Member of the Month
05-01-2021

Alexander B. Giacobetti, Esquire
May 2021 Justinian Member of the Month

Alexander B. Giacobetti general practice includes Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice and Products Liability cases.

This year marks my 50th year out of law school. 1971 doesn't seem like it was all that long ago until it's juxtaposed with the number "50". It especially stings when my Millennial opponents refer to case law from the 1970's as "really old". Like those 70's cases, my peer group may be old, but we're still relevant! I am thrilled to be able to continue practicing law on a full-time basis and I'm proud to say that for just about all of those 50 years, I've been a Justinian.

Being actively involved with our Society and The Philadelphia Bar Association is a great source of gratification to me. Service to our members and to the Bench and Bar has been a Justinian hallmark since 1935. Our many Justinian Judges and Bar Chancellors have been, and continue to be, the extraordinary legacy of the Society's founding members. I was privileged to contribute to that legacy by serving as Justinian Chancellor from 2000 to 2002.

It has been my honor to serve our Bar Association as a member of the Board of Governors for three years, Co-Chair of the State Civil Litigation Section, Chair of the Economics of Law Practice Committee, a member of, and investigator for, the Judicial Commission, and Chair of the Fidelity Award. For several years, I was the Association's Judge of Elections. I was privileged to sit as a Hearing Committee Member of the Disciplinary Board for twelve years.

I continue to serve as a Judge Pro Tem and Arbitrator in both C.P. and Federal Court and, for several years at Villanova, was a Moot Court Judge and Judge in their Client Counseling Competition.

I am also proud of, and grateful to, those of our members who donated to the 2020 American British Reliability Run, a two-day charity car drive that benefitted Shriners Hospitals for Children. The pre-event goal was to raise $50,000.00. Thanks to the generosity of our members, Scuderia Italiano, the team of Teri and Alex, raised $3,245.00 for first place on the first day of the run which, in total, raised $66,950.00 for Shriners Hospital. Thanks again for your most generous contributions.

Thank you for including me among the Justinians honored each month. I feel like I've been voted onto an All-Star team!

Una Piccola Conversazione

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

I joined the Society in 1971 after attending the Christmas Party as the guest of Judge Theodore Gutowicz for whom I clerked.

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

Unlike Judge Presenza who knew many of the members before he joined the Society, I knew no one. The Society has provided me the opportunity to meet and become friends with many lawyers whose career paths would not have otherwise intersected with mine.

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

The satisfaction derived from doing good work for my clients - particularly when the effort is recognized and appreciated.

4. How would you define success?

I learned in high school that the world should be a better place because you walked through it. There is no better definition of success.

5. Who or what inspires you?

The joy of work.

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

My parents, particularly my mother, were determined that I'd attend college. Thus, I was the first college graduate in my extended family. My father, the eldest of seven, dropped out of school in 8th grade to help support his family. After World War II, my father opened a tiny grocery in the building we lived in. It was open every day from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. I like to think I got my work ethic from my father. From history, I'd choose F.D.R. and Churchill, ex aequo.

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

Because we're in a profession in which it's often easy to make a bad choice or to take the wrong road, I try to not be too judgmental of my clients and colleagues. My advice, to borrow from Spike Lee, is to "Do the right thing!".

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

I have an accumulation (not a collection) of old cars.

9. What's the last book you read?

"The Kill Chain: Defending America in the Future of High-Tech Warfare" by Christian Brose. This disturbing book was written in 2020 by a former security advisor to Senator John McCain. It is a "wake-up call" to the Department of Defense that its traditional thinking about warfare and its legacy weaponry will fail to protect the U.S. in this age of A.I. I also just read Melville's "Moby Dick" and took a deep dive with him into whales, whaling, and one man's fatal obsession.

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

Philadelphia's history, traditions, classic architecture and current hip vibe.

 
 
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