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~ Emperor Justinian
 
 
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03-18-2022
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Beccaria Ceremony Awarded to George Bochetto, Esq. with Complimentary Reception

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March 2022 Justinian Member of the Month
This month, the Justinian Society proudly spotlights the accomplishments of The Honorable Ann M. Butchart who was elected to a ten-year term as a Trial Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia in 2005 and was retained for a second term in 2015. She has presided in Family Court, Criminal Court and Civil Court. More...
February 2022 Justinian Member of the Month
This month, the Justinian Society proudly spotlights the accomplishments of The Honorable Rosemarie Defino-Nastasi who presides in the Court of Common Pleas Criminal Trial Division in Philadelphia. She began her legal career working as an Assistant Defender for The Defender’s Association of Philadelphia. She then joined her family’s law firm in South Philadelphia working alongside her brothers, Michael and Vincent Defino. Judge Defino-Nastasi has presided in the Criminal Trial Division for over twenty years. More...
January 2022 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...
 
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06-17-2021
2021 First "In Person" Annual Meeting/Election Announcement
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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.

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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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  Justinian Society & Criminal Justice Section Present Eleventh Annual Cesare Beccaria Award to A. Charles Peruto, Sr.
11-22-2004

The Justinian Society and Criminal Justice Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association presented the Eleventh Annual Cesare Beccaria Award. A. Charles Peruto, Sr., Esquire is the award recipient, recognized for his contribution to the cause of justice and the advancement of legal education. The presentation was held in the Mayor’s Reception Room and Conversation Hall in Philadelphia on November 22, 2004.

Peruto was introduced by his long-time friend and colleague, Honorable John R. Padova, District Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Peruto was likened to Beccaria in many ways, but particularly as a visionary, leader, educator, advocate of the people, and believer in true justice. Judge Padova said, "The mind and faith of A. Charles Peruto aptly finds its description in the following words of Beccaria: 'In the eye of the law, every man is innocent whose crime has not been proved...If I can but be the instrument of preserving one life, his blessings and tears of transport shall be a sufficient consolation to me for the contempt of all mankind.'"

Cesare Beccaria (1738-1794), has been revered as the “Father of the Modern Criminal Justice System.” An 18th Century Italian scholar, Beccaria’s work is credited with aiding the subsequent European penal code reform and the eventual development of the American criminal justice system. Beccaria’s convictions presented in his 1764 essay Of Crimes and Punishments are present in the legal arena still today. This year marks the 210th anniversary of his death.

Presenters at the Eleventh Annual Cesare Beccaria included Gaetan J. Alfano, Esquire, Chancellor, The Justinian Society; Gabriel L.I. Bevilacqua, Esquire, Chancellor, The Philadelphia Bar Association; George R. Burrell, Esquire, Secretary of External Affairs City of Philadelphia; Burton A. Rose, Esquire, Former Chair, Criminal Justice Section Philadelphia Bar Association; and Honorable Denis P. Cohen, Judge, Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia.

Special Thanks were extended to George H. Newman, Esquire, Chair, Criminal Justice Section, Philadelphia Bar Association, Cristina G. Cavalieri, Esquire, 2004 Beccaria Award Committee Chairperson, Michael C. Rainone, Esquire, Beccaria Award Chairman Emeritus.

Recent Cesare Beccaria Award Recipients include: Hon. Lisa A. Richette (1994), Prof. James A. Strazzella (1995), Hon. Abraham J. Gafni (1996), Mary DeFusco, Esquire (1997), Hon. Louis J. Presenza (1998), Prof. Edward D. Ohlbaum (1998), Donald C. Marino, Esquire (1999), Hon. Edmund B. Spaeth, Jr. (1999), L. Felipe Restrepo, Esquire (2000), Hon. Anthony J. Scirica (2001), Hon. Charles P. Mirarchi, Jr. (2002), Jules Epstein, Esquire (2003).

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Founded in 1935, the Justinian Society is a legal organization comprised of attorneys, judges and law students of Italian-ancestry. Located in Philadelphia, the Society's members celebrate generations of involvement within the legal community. "Justice is the constant and perpetual wish to render to every one his due."- Emperor Justinian

 
 
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