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~ Emperor Justinian
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To see all of the photos from our most recent events, see our Flickr account.

To see photos from the 2022 Justinian Christmas Party click here.

To see photos from the Beccaria Award held on December 13, 2022 given to Nathan J. Andrisani, Esq. for 2022 and Professor Louis M. Natali, Jr. for 2021 click here.

To see photos from the "In Person" Luncheon honoring Philadelphia Bar Chancellor Wesley R. Payne IV, Esq. held on February 17, 2022 click here.

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 2020 Beccaria Award held November 17, 2022 given to George Bochetto, Esq. click here.

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Members of the Month
June 2022 Justinian Member of the Month
This month, the Justinian Society proudly spotlights the accomplishments of The Honorable Daniel R. Sulman is a judge in the Family Division of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, where he served from July of 2016 to January of 2018 and from December of 2019 through the present, following appointments to the bench by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and election in 2021. The Judge is a lifelong resident of Philadelphia, a graduate of Philadelphia public schools and magna cum laude graduate of Temple University. He earned his law degree at Temple University Beasley School of Law. More...
May 2022 Justinian Member of the Month
This month, the Justinian Society proudly spotlights the accomplishments of The Honorable Craig Levin who is a judge of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in Pennsylvania. He assumed office on January 3, 2022. His current term ends January 5, 2032. Judge Levin was born and raised in Philadelphia. His life has been shaped by the communities where he grew up: First in West Oak Lane, then moving as a teenager to the Northeast. He attended Philadelphia Public Schools, graduating from Temple University with a B.S. in Finance and earned his Juris Doctorate from the Delaware School of Law at Widener University. He is a proud 'Philly guy' and loves all things 'Philly'. More...
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...
  Justinian Society & Criminal Justice Section Present Eleventh Annual Cesare Beccaria Award to A. Charles Peruto, Sr.

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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