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"Justice is the constant and perpetual wish to render to every one his due."
~ Emperor Justinian
 
 
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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

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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.

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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  August 2021 Justinian Member of the Month
07-30-2021

Joseph P. Stampone
August, 2021 Justinian Member of the Month

Joe 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.

As an attorney with 40 years of experience, Joe continues to actively litigate catastrophic injury cases and has a keen interest in aerial photography as it relates to accident investigation, safety, and accident reconstruction. Having been involved in the practice of law primarily in the personal injury field, he has gained invaluable knowledge and experience as it relates to product safety, vehicle safety, construction site safety, and an overall understanding of the various systems necessary to ensure the reduction and elimination of personal injury risks and hazards.

Joe is a graduate of LaSalle University (BA Political Science 1976) and Western New England University School of Law where he received his Juris Doctorate Degree, Magna Cum Laude (J.D. 1980). He is a member of the American, Pennsylvania, and Philadelphia Bar Associations, as well as the Justinian Society. Joe has served as a law clerk to the Honorables Albert F. Sabo from 1979 to 1980 and Edwin S. Malmed in 1978. Both jurists sat on the bench of the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County; the former in the Criminal Division and the latter in the Civil Division.

Joe is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; the Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; and the United States Tax Court. Joe has received numerous awards and distinctions including being a Member of the Multimillion Dollar Advocates Forum; the Philadelphia Inquirer Top Lawyers of Philadelphia 2016-2021; the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Civil Plaintiff's Lawyers 2016-2019; America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators 2017-2021; Philadelphia Magazine Top Attorneys in Pennsylvania 2017-2019; New York Times Lawyers of Distinction 2019-2020; Pennsylvania's Best Law Firm Mentor 2020 by the Legal Intelligencer; has a perfect 10.0 AVVO rating; and has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer since 2005 including being named to the Super Lawyers Philadelphia Top 100 list since 2020.

Joe is actively involved in the community, having served as an officer and commissioner of the Lower Gwynedd Little League; member of the Order of Sons of Italy in America, Tacony/Mayfair Lodge; and, former member and counsel to the United Independent Italian American Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the Torresdale-Mayfair Lion's Club. Joe served six terms as President of the National Italian American – Political Action Committee, formerly headquartered in Washington, D.C., where he has also served as a board member and executive committee member. He has also served as the Dinner Chair for NIA-PACs annual "Carnevale".

Joe employs a hands-on, community-driven approach to representing his clients. Well before today's social justice movement, Joe commissioned a mural of Lady Justice on his Montgomery County building. The mural, which was painted by world-renowned artist, Eric Okdeh, symbolizes Stampone O'Brien Dilsheimer Law's unwavering commitment to defending its neighbors. Joe is also the title sponsor to the 18th Annual Stampone Law Tri the Wildwoods Triathlon; an award-winning event held at the Jersey Shore where Joe has been a homeowner since 1987. Community involvement is not just something Joe ingrained in the corporate culture of the firm, it's a way of living. **

Joe is also a board member of The Superhero Project, an organization which raises money to assist families with babies born prematurely and residing in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of the hospital. The Superhero Project also funds the installation of Angel Eye cameras in the NICU to allow parents and families to see their loved one when they are unable to be by their bedside.

In 2005, Joe was given the distinct honor of being Knighted in Rome, Italy as a "Cavalieri di Cristo" with the Templar Order of the Poor Knights of Christ. In 2009 and 2010, he received the Golden Justice Award at Pennsylvania Golden Gloves Eastern Regional Championships. Joe also maintains Dual Citizenship as a citizen of the Republic of Italy.

Born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia, Joe's interests include sports, cooking, boating, fishing, music and history. Joe is actively involved in commercial real estate development in Pennsylvania and South Florida. In his spare time Joe boats and fishes at the New Jersey shore and in South Florida and has coached High School, American Legion, AAU and Perkiomen Valley Twilight Men's League Baseball. Through coaching Joe is able to share his passion for baseball with others.

He became very involved in baseball throughout his youth and attended LaSalle University on an Athletic Scholarship where he played Varsity Baseball for four years. In his senior year, he was named First Team All East Coast Conference and set numerous school records. Joe has also served as Varsity Baseball Coach of The Shipley School, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania and is the Founder of the Whiz Kids Baseball Club, an AAU level baseball program which has grown in size and prominence, becoming one of the premiere programs in the Northeast Region. He has also coached American Legion baseball and is formerly the owner and manager of the Plymouth Pirates of the Perkiomen Valley Twilight League, a semi-professional baseball club.

Joe currently resides between Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Lower Gwynedd Township, Pennsylvania with his wife of 40 years, Julia. Joe has five grown children Nicole (University of Delaware), Peter (Widener University/Culinary Institute of America), Joey (Tufts University/New York University), Danny (Catholic University/Widener School of Law), Andi (Drexel University). Joe also has four grandchildren, Stevie, Danny, Evelyn, and JP.

Una Piccola Conversazione

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

I joined the Justinian Society in 2004 by the invitation of Richard Furia and Andrew DiPiero, well known members of the Society for many years. Andy later joined my firm as a partner with Drew D'Angelo.

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

Given my Italian American background and the great work of the Society, it was a no-brainer to become a member. I have always been very supportive of any organization which celebrates our Italian heritage. The Society provides an opportunity to interact with many lawyers from similar backgrounds and provides an opportunity to connect on both a personal and professional basis.

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

There are two primary things which bring enjoyment to my job. First, being a plaintiff's personal injury attorney, I am given the opportunity to provide help to those who have suffered a traumatic injury and more often than not, I become an extended member of their family. It is a very important role because they become dependent upon you to help put their life back together and I take this role very seriously. Second, having now practiced for over 40 years, I have the opportunity to guide and mentor the younger attorneys in our firm. I was lucky enough to have strong mentors in my own life and I love being able to play a part in the professional development of those who will follow me, including my son Dan, and nephews, Kevin and Tyler.

4. How would you define success?

For me, success is all about "family" and when I refer to family, I am including my family of friends; my family at work; and my family in the larger community. So, success for me is being able to play a part in the success of others, whether it be a son, daughter, co-worker, or a client. And I would be remiss to not mention that my wife Julia and I have experienced the success of raising five children and now enjoying four grandchildren. It always comes back to "family".

5. Who or what inspires you?

I am inspired by my wife of 42 years, Julia. I am inspired by my children, Nicole, Peter, Joey, Danny and Andi; and inspiration for me began with my grandparents and parents. They were not people of great financial means, but they knew what was important in life and this inspired me both personally and professionally.

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

When trying to answer this question, one always thinks of historic figures. But that's not real for me. And it is difficult to credit a single person who provided inspiration as a mentor. Of course, my Mother and Father, Pete and Joan, would be at the top of the list without question. Without them, I'm not sure I would be where I am today. But I also recognize two men who played a large part in my life all the way back to high school days at North Catholic. I met Joe Malizia and Larry Conti as a Freshman in high school playing baseball. Joe and Larry have provided incredible guidance over almost 50 years as teachers and coaches. But most of all, they have been examples of how to live your life and to connect to hundreds if not thousands of students and athletes with whom they have interacted. Salute'

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

Oh, that's easy…. never cut your spaghetti with a knife. Seriously, tell the important people in your life "you love them". You never know when you could lose that opportunity.

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

In 2005, I was given the distinct honor of being Knighted in Rome, Italy as a "Cavalieri di Cristo" with the Templar Order of the Poor Knights of Christ. I am also a dual citizen as a citizen of the Republic of Italy.

9. What's the last book you read?

At the risk of sounding hollow and disingenuous, I must admit the last book I read was a cookbook. In fact, the last 800 books I read have been cookbooks. Need a recipe?

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

My favorite thing about Philadelphia is that I was lucky enough to be born in a City of "neighborhoods and parishes". I was born and raised in the Wissinoming/Tacony section of Northeast Philly and attended St. Bartholomew's Catholic School and would not trade it for anything. The neighborhood was our backyard. I spent so much time playing ball in the local playground with my brothers and friends and those relationships continue to this day. When asked by another Philadelphian where am I from, the answer would always include "North", "St. Bart's", or "Moss Playground". And that answer would cover it all.

 
 
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