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...
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.
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 More...
The Passing of Former Justinian Society Chancellor, Carl J. Melone, Esquire - a Letter from Vice Chancellor Gina Rubel 01-07-2008
Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Justinian Society Board,
It is with sadness that I inform you of the passing of Carl J. Melone, Esq. who was one of our organization’s early Chancellor’s and a
business partner to my grandfather, The Hon. Edward W. Furia. I have included Mr. Melone’s obituary below for your reference. Please keep his family in your
Vice Chancellor, The Justinian
Carl J Melone, age 92 of Hershey’s Mill, West Chester andcourt-appointed former US Attorney in Philadelphia for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania died of natural causes on January
Mr. Melone was the chief federal prosecutor for Southeastern Pennsylvania for seven months in 1972. The appointment capped two periods of service as an Assistant US Attorney from November 1960 to June 1962 and from April 1968 until he retired from that office in 1973.
After service during WW II as a Captain in the
111th Infantry Regiment, 28th Division of the PA National
Guard, he attended and graduated from Temple University School of Law in 1949,
where he also earned a BA in Education in 1935. Thereafter he was an
attorney with the US Department of Labor and the US Department of Justice,
including Trial Attorney with the Antitrust Division in Philadelphia. While
in private law practice, he was active in the Philadelphia Bar Association and a
number of its committees. He was particularly proud of his contributions
to the Judiciary Committee and the Committee of Censors. Early in his
career he was elected Chancellor of the Justinian Society of Philadelphia, an
organization of lawyers of Italian heritage.
His love and respect for the law and its trial practice
never diminished, according to his family. Even after retirement from
US government service, he was
appointed by governor Shapp as District Justice in DelawareCounty and was twice elected to that
His other professional interest was the savings and loan
and banking business. He served variously as an officer, director and
member of the Board of Trustees of United Savings Bank and its predecessors,
whose main office is in South Philadelphia.
During his leisure time he enjoyed his collection of
classical music, the theatre, and civic affairs including tenure as President of
the Rotary Club of Broomall and a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 4129
becoming a 4th degree Knight. He had a passion to keep fit with a
regime of walking, hiking and other physical exercise as well as social
activities and travel.
Mr. Melone is survived by two daughters, Ann McNally of
West Chester PA and Mary Jo Tutterow of Tampa, FL, his daughter-in-law Barbara
Melone of Fenwick, Delaware, four grandchildren and a companion Eva DiAddezzio,
Bryn Mawr. His son Carl and wife Claire predeceased
Relatives and friends are invited to his Funeral Mass
Saturday January 12, 2007 at
St. Maximilian Kolbe Church 15 E.
Pleasant Grove Road
at the Church. Interment will be at HolyCrossCemetery, Yeadon PA.
In lieu of flower, donations may be made in his name to
Neighborhood Hospice Services, 400
East Marshall Street, West Chester,
PA19380, Chester County Association for
the Blind, 71 S First
Avenue, Coatesville, PA, 19320 or the Women’s ResourceCenter, 113 W Wayne Avenue, Wayne,
Arrangements by DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd
Funeral Home, Inc. West Chester 610-696-1181 www.drsfh.com