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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 Foundation Event Mentioned in Philadelphia Inquirer

Philadelphia Inquirer - Tue, Sep. 17, 2002 - By Pauline Pinard Bogaert, Inquirer Columnist

Three Italians honored

The Justinian Foundation honored three Philadelphians of Italian heritage Thursday at the Union League.

Nicholas DeBenedictis, G. Fred DiBona Jr. and Charles P. Pizzi were saluted by more than 340 supporters, mostly lawyers.

The foundation is the fund-raising arm of the Justinian Society, founded in Philadelphia in 1935 by 47 lawyers of Italian ancestry. One of the society's goals is to promote the study of law. More than $80,000 was raised for scholarships.

Denise Gentile is the society's chancellor, and Barbara Capozzi is foundation president. Both made introductory remarks, with Capozzi introducing Paul Tufano, a past Justinian honoree who spoke about this year's award winners.

"These are three who have built up the Chamber of Commerce to what it is," Tufano said. DiBona took over as chamber president and chief executive officer in 1983, followed by DeBenedictis in 1986. Pizzi, who will be joining Tasty Baking Co. as president and chief executive officer next month, has been leading the chamber since 1989.

DeBenedictis is chairman and chief executive officer of Philadelphia Suburban Co.

Tufano said the chamber "has had a huge impact on the vitality of the region," which in turn has benefited Philadelphians by bringing in billions of dollars.

Vito Canuso, who attended with his wife, Sara, worked on the lunch. Among those also attending were Pizzi's wife, Elise; Bob Judge; Nicholas Nastasi; Jim Melinson; Esther Sylvester; Carol and James Fitzgerald; Myrna Field; William O'Brien; Philadelphia City Council President Anna Verna, and State Supreme Court Justice Russell Nigro.

At each table was a basket of Tastykakes. Tufano joked that Independence Blue Cross, for which Tufano is general counsel and DiBona is president and chief executive officer, would pick up the liposuction tab for guests indulging in the baked goods.

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