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"Justice is the constant and perpetual wish to render to every one his due."
~ Emperor Justinian
 
 
Upcoming Events
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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  October 2021 Justinian Member of the Month
10-01-2021

Judge Maria McLaughlin
October, 2021 Justinian Member of the Month

Superior Court Judge Maria McLaughlin, now running for the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, is a lifelong resident of Pennsylvania, first in her family to attend college, single mom, lawyer, judge and appellate judge, Maria McLaughlin personifies the meaning of hard work.

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.

Upon graduation from law school and for the next 19 years, Judge McLaughlin worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia and later as Chief of the Child Support Enforcement Unit. She was one of the youngest female Chiefs ever appointed in Philadelphia. Her life was dedicated to protecting the rights of children. As a single mother and judge on the Court of Common Pleas, Family Division, of utmost importance to her was continuing to safeguard the rights of children. Judge McLaughlin is known for her commitment and compassion both on and off the bench.

In 2017, Judge McLaughlin led the ticket amongst nine candidates statewide for a seat on the Superior Court. She serves as liaison between the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Superior Court. This role has been crucial throughout the pandemic.

Giving back to the community was instilled in Judge McLaughlin from an early age. As a young child her parents would take her to spend time at a local orphanage, bearing gifts for the holidays, along with making sandwiches and delivering them to the homeless. These are traditions she continues with her own sons.

Throughout her legal career, Judge McLaughlin has dedicated numerous hours off the bench to various organizations, including, anti-violence, anti-drug, re-entry programs and youth organizations. She spent time working with women in prisons, helping them hone their interview skills so they might increase their chances of success outside the prison system.

Judge McLaughlin appears often as an instructor and/or guest speaker on a variety of topics for the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, local bar associations around Pennsylvania, primary, middle and high schools, and universities and law schools throughout the Commonwealth.

There is nothing more important to Judge McLaughlin than family. She and her husband, Jonathan Saidel treasure their blended family, sharing six adult children and four grandchildren.

Professional Experience

  • Elected a judge of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania 2017
  • Elected a judge of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas 2011
  • Chief District Attorney in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office 2002-2011
  • Assistant Attorney in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office 1992-2001
  • Judicial Law Clerk, Superior Court of Pennsylvania 1991

Memberships and Associations

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • National Association of Women Judges
  • Justinian Law Society
  • Brehon Law Society
  • Sons and Daughters of Italy, Roxborough
  • Alumni Board of Directors Delaware Law School of Widener University

Awards and Honors

  • Delaware Law School of Widener University Alumnus of the Year
  • Delaware Law School of Widener University Outstanding Service Award
  • Sons and Daughters of Italy Person of the Year

Una Piccola Conversazione

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

Approximately 29 years. I joined as a young lawyer in the Philly DA Office

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

Coming from a family of Italian immigrant, my heritage is very important to me. As a young lawyer, I joined the Justinian Society to connect with people who I share cultural values. Over the years I have gained many friendships in my colleagues from the bar and the bench.

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

I love that I am in a position where I can help so many people. I've always been proud to wear my black robe for everyone.

4. How would you define success?

Watching my boys become fine young men they are after raising them as a single mom for so many years. Success starts in my home.

5. Who or what inspires you?

My mom will always be my biggest inspiration. I was very fortunate to have my mom as long as I did and the life lessons, she taught me; I carry with me every day to the bench.

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

The Notorious RBG! She broke so many glass ceilings in the legal profession. I admired her grit, integrity, and her ability to relate to anyone.

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

Never forget where you come from, a lesson I learned from my father. I used it as the theme to my video announcement for the PA Supreme Court.

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

I was a Penn State cheerleader. We Are!

9. What's the last book you read?

Lisa Scotto line's latest book, Eternal. She is one of my favorite authors and is from Philadelphia.

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

All of the above, that's why I love Philadelphia! But as an Italian, how could I not love the food. But don't you dare ask me to choose - I'm a candidate for state office.

 
 
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