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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...
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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01-01-2021
Justinian Society Event Photos

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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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  President Judge to receive Brennan Award
09-19-2006

JUDGE LOUIS J. PRESENZA NAMED AS BRENNAN AWARD WINNER FOR 2006

The Honorable Louis J. Presenza, President Judge of the Municipal Court of Philadelphia, and member of the Justinian Society, will be honored with the prestigious 2006 Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award at the Philadelphia Bar Association’s October Quarterly Meeting and Luncheon on Monday, October 30 at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue at noon. The award recognizes a jurist who adheres to the highest ideals of judicial service.

First elected President Judge by his peers in January 1999, Judge Presenza was re-elected to a second five-year term in January 2004. He previously has served as supervising judge for the criminal division where he instituted the first Treatment Court in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

A graduate of Villanova University School of Law, Judge Presenza was elected to the Municipal Court bench in 1982 and was retained in 1989, 1995 and 2001.

“I am really flattered and humbled by this award,” Judge Presenza said. “When you consider what Judge Brennan stood for and the list of prior recipients, this is truly an honor. I would be remiss, though the award is given to me personally, if I did not accept on behalf of all those individuals and agencies that have been part of our program because without them we would not have had the same success.”

During his 24 years on the bench, Judge Presenza has chaired or co-chaired a variety of panels and commissions addressing such diverse issues as preliminary arraignment, statewide automation, the destruction of firearms, pretrial release guidelines, video-conferencing, prison population management and alternatives to incarceration. He currently serves on the city’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee, the Task Force to End Homelessness and the Pennsylvania Adult Drug Court Advisory Committee.

Judge Presenza is the immediate past chair of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals and is a founding member and two-term president of the Pennsylvania Association of Drug Court Professionals.

“I'm delighted that President Judge Presenza is being recognized for his exemplary service to the Municipal Court over many years, and for his extraordinarily innovative work with Treatment Court, which under his capable direction has served as a national model for other jurisdictions. While his modesty will never allow him to toot his own horn, those who have worked closely with Judge Presenza know him to be a person of great intellect, compassion and devotion to our justice system. He is a truly deserving recipient of the Brennan Award,” said Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Alan M. Feldman.

Any member of the state or federal bench, whether active or retired, who has made a significant, positive impact on the quality or administration of justice in Philadelphia was eligible for consideration. Examples of accomplishments worthy of nomination included innovations in court administration, implementation of pioneering case management techniques, assumption of a leadership role in areas affecting the administration of justice, publication of a significant opinion, article, or other scholarly work, or the like.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan Jr. was the first recipient of the award in 1995. Other recipients of the award, which is now named in honor of Justice Brennan, include the following: President Judge Alex Bonavitacola of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas (1996); Judge Phyllis W. Beck of the Pennsylvania Superior Court (1997); Chief Judge Edward R. Becker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (1998); Judge Louis C. Bechtle of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (1999); Chief Judge James T. Giles of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (2000); Justice Russell M. Nigro of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court (2002); U.S. District Court Judge Louis H. Pollack (2003); Judge James R. Melinson, retired U.S. Chief Magistrate (2004); and U.S. District Court Senior Judge Edmund V. Ludwig (2005). The Brennan Award was not given in 2001.

Tickets to the luncheon are $50 for Philadelphia Bar Association members and $55 for non-members and are available at www.philadelphiabar.org.

 
 
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