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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
11-22-2021
(NOTE CHANGE OF 11/22 & 3:00 pm) November Virtual Board Meeting
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12-16-2021
Justinian Annual Christmas Party In Person
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12-20-2021
December Virtual Board Meeting
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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...
October 2021 Justinian Member of the Month
This month, the Justinian Society proudly spotlights the accomplishments of Superior Court Judge Maria McLaughlin, now running for Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Judge McLaughlin grew up in the Overbrook section of West Philadelphia. She received her undergraduate degree from Penn State University and her law degree from Delaware Law School-Widener University. It is fortuitous that during her final year of law school, Judge McLaughlin clerked for the President Judge of the Superior Court, where she is now a member. More...
September 2021 Justinian Member of the Month
This month, the Justinian Society proudly spotlights the accomplishments of George Bochetto, nationally acclaimed trial lawyer and litigator in countless cases due to his unrelenting and persuasive litigation and trial techniques. George has been cited for "Raising the Bar" by the National Law Journal. He led the challenge of the decision from City of Philadelphia to remove the Christopher Columbus Statue at Marconi Plaza, a public space in South Philadelphia, in a recent legal victory. In addition to his litigation practice, George has been a lifelong member of the athletic community and was appointed Pennsylvania's State Boxing Commissioner in 1995, serving until 2002, where he completely revamped the regulation of boxing in Pennsylvania. More...
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

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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  September 2021 Justinian Member of the Month
09-01-2021

George Bochetto
September, 2021 Justinian Member of the Month

George Bochetto is a nationally acclaimed trial lawyer and litigator and has been recognized in countless cases for his unrelenting and persuasive litigation and trial techniques. George has been cited for "Raising the Bar" by the National Law Journal, and has been written about and featured in dozens of trade journals and legal publications throughout the United States. Not only is George a well-known trial lawyer with multi-million-dollar awards against national and multi-national corporations, George is also a very accomplished appellate advocate, having appeared before the highest appellate courts in the country, including the U.S. Supreme Court and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on cutting edge, often controversial legal issues involving free speech, the separation of church and state, campaign finance reform, and legal ethics.

George is an accomplished author and lecturer, offering numerous legal seminars and speaking at various law schools, including frequent engagements as an expert commentator and consultant in areas of wrongful use litigation, ethics, and trial strategies. George is often hired by other attorneys or judges to represent them personally, and he is frequently engaged by parties as an expert witness in wrongful use or legal malpractice matters. George was recently the lead author of a popular legal treatise, Wrongful Use of Civil Proceedings and Related Torts in Pennsylvania, published by The Legal Intelligencer currently in its 2d edition.

Often times George is engaged when a litigation matter involves a particularly complicated set of facts or circumstances that requires George's unique set of skills both in the courtroom and as a legal scholar. George appears on countless local and national television broadcasts regarding many of his cases.

In addition to his litigation practice, George has been a lifelong member of the athletic community and was appointed Pennsylvania's State Boxing Commissioner in 1995, serving until 2002, where he completely revamped the regulation of boxing in Pennsylvania. George has been listed in Who's Who in American Law, Men of Achievement, National Registry of Who's Who, Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers, Million Dollar Advocates Forum, The National Law Journal and Best Lawyers in America, and was the recipient of the 1996 Chairman's Award from the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, the 1997 Man of the Year award from the Pennsylvania Veterans' Boxing Association, and the Boxing Commissioner of the Year (1999), award. George's practice areas are in complex civil trial and appellate litigation, with emphasis on white collar defense, defamation, RICO matters, commercial litigation, tax and fraud prosecution and defense, injunctive actions, and appellate litigation.

In a recent legal victory in challenging the decision of the City of Philadelphia to remove the Christopher Columbus Statue at Marconi Plaza, a public space in South Philadelphia.

In a strongly worded opinion, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Paula Patrick ruled that city officials had no legal basis or justification for removing the statue:

"It is baffling to this Court as to how the City of Philadelphia wants to remove the Statue without any legal basis. The City's entire argument and case is devoid of any legal foundation."

Judge Patrick found that the City's removal of the Columbus statue – which is considered a historical object – was not "necessary in the public interest."

At its core, the important legal battle here centered on the City of Philadelphia's failure to follow the rule of law and its own procedures in denying due process and an opportunity to be heard by concerned citizens over the removal of the statue. Legal due process matters, and arbitrarily disregarding it for the sake of expediency, is never acceptable. If history has taught us anything, it is that legal due process is the critical and necessary first step in preventing mob rule and deterring the denigration of one's ethnicity.

George graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in History from S.U.N.Y At Albany in 1975 and Cum Laude from Temple University School of Law in 1978. His Bar Admissions are Pennsylvania, New York and District of Columbia.

Una Piccola Conversazione

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

25+ years.

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

For the fraternity of working with other lawyers, and because they had the best Christmas Party every year.

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

Being on the inside of many major controversies, and looking for resolutions outside the box.

4. How would you define success?

By the number of loved ones and friends I have, which makes me a billionaire.

5. Who or what inspires you?

The "what" is winning when there was no chance of doing so; the "who" was Muhamad Ali while I was growing up an orphan.

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

Muhamad Ali.: Indomitable. Tough. Fun. Beautiful. Wise.

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

If you don't stand for something, you stand for nothing. Find your passion and never let go.

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

Frequently mistaken for being the son of Joseph Zawrotny, Esq.----that always classy, fun lawyer who never took himself too seriously.

9. What's the last book you read?

Thirty Dollars and a Cut Eye, by J Russell Peltz. A learned history of boxing in Philadelphia over the last 50 years.

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

It's the "smallest" big city in the world, where you can really get to know each other.

 
 
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