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~ Emperor Justinian
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Members of the Month
January 2020 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
2021 First "In Person" Annual Meeting/Election Announcement
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.

Virtual Annual Meeting, Election & Scholarship Announcement
News from The Justinian Foundation – 2020 Scholarship Recipient
Annual Meeting, Election & Scholarship Reception
Annual Meeting, Election & Scholarship Reception
Annual Meeting, Election & Scholarship Reception
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...
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...
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...
The Justinian Society and Foundation Announce the Richard F. Furia, Esquire Scholarship Open to Second Year Law School Students
  July 2021 Justinian Member of the Month

Hon. William J. Manfredi (Ret.)
July, 2021 Justinian Member of the Month

Judge Manfredi, who received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, was a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas from 1983 until his retirement in 2014.

Judge Manfredi 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 served on the civil side from 1993, serving as lead judge in the Arbitration Appeal Program and as Civil Motions judge for 2 years. Judge Manfredi was a charter member of the Sheppard Committee, which studied and recommended changes to the Administration of the Court. He was one of the Judicial Team Leaders who implemented the innovative Case Management System which reduced the Court's backlogged civil inventory over a 3-year period from upwards of 47,000 to 18,000 cases, consequently reducing the time for filing to disposition and trial of cases from 7 years, to approximately 2 years, in accordance with guidelines established by the American Bar Association. He served as a Team Leader and Coordinating Judge of the final Day Backward Program. Judge Manfredi was then selected to lead the reconstituted civil side of the Trial Division. He served there as either Team Leader or Supervising Judge until 2012. As such, he presided over 4 Trial Teams, the Complex Litigation Center, Motions Court, the Arbitration Program, and Commerce Court. During Judge Manfredi's tenure as Supervising Judge, the Trial Division - Civil was acknowledged by The National Center for State Courts, a respected court administration think tank, as arguably the best urban civil trial court in the United States.

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 litigations.

As a candidate for the Pennsylvania Superior Court in May, 2003, Judge Manfredi was highly recommended by the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and received the endorsement of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News, as well as the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Judge Manfredi served two terms as a member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Civil Procedural Rules Committee, and has been, both as participant and presenter, part of education programs sponsored by the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Defense Institute of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, American Board of Trial Advocates, National Center for State Courts. Judge Manfredi participated in many of the Brookings Institute/American Enterprise Institute Judicial Education Programs, and was part of its Judicial Advisory Board. He was a Commissioner on the Pennsylvania Bar Association Commission for Justice Initiatives. He was also a past Master of the American Inn of Court, and a member of the American College of Business Court Judges at the Northwestern University Law School, and George Mason University.

Judge Manfredi completed the 40-hour Mediation Training Program at the National Judicial College, as well as Advanced Mediation Training at the American Bar Association Headquarters in Chicago.

Judge Manfredi is currently retired, but actively engaged in Alternate Dispute Resolution.

Una Piccola Conversazione

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

I joined the Justinian Society prior to my election to the bench in 1983.

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

I wanted to be part of an organization dedicated to honoring Italian American culture and scholarship.

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

Prior to my retirement as judge, I had the opportunity to participate in the creation of new and efficient protocols. We were successful in eliminating backlog and delay from both the Court's Criminal and Civil programs.

4. How would you define success?

To serve others while accomplishing an aim or purpose.

5. Who or what inspires you?

My father was an inspiration. With little formal education, he created a successful business and provided a good life for his family.

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

My Uncle John Garaguso. He graduated from Penn Law in 1928, while working as a barber. As a member of the Bar, he went on to become a significant, well-known counselor and litigator.

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

Rule your own mind. Don't allow negativity and doubt to control you.

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

I spent 5 months after Law School, traveling around Europe on my BMW motorcycle.

9. What’s the last book you read?

I love historical fiction. The Wolf Hall Trilogy. The story of Thomas Cromwell and his relationship with Henry VIII. It was a great read.

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

Having access to Fairmount Park, the largest city enclosed park in the world.

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