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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...
  Proposed Closure of the Italian Consulate in Philadelphia

Dear Member of The Justinian Society:


Within the past month, the Italian government announced the planned closures of two consulate offices in the United States: Philadelphia and Detroit. We encourage members of The Justinian Society to send letters requesting reconsideration of the Italian Consulate closure in Philadelphia to the Italian government. A letter has also been sent by our organization on behalf of our membership.


The Italian Consular District of Philadelphia consists of the states of Delaware, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Southern New Jersey and Pennsylvania. 


The Consulate in Philadelphia is strategically located in one of the most important cities in the United States. In fact, the most recent study conducted by the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) indicates that Philadelphia’s regional Italian-American population is only second to New York City with nearly 500,000 residents.


Philadelphia offers many business and educational opportunities to our Italian counterparts. Our city provides unique market opportunities to Italian companies due to its strategic, Atlantic coast and port-city locality. Philadelphia and the surrounding counties are also the U.S. home to many important Italian-owned businesses.


Philadelphia hosts a concentration of prominent educational institutions and universities – many of which provide student exchange programs in partnership with Italy.


Philadelphia area hospitals and top medical facilities work with Italian researchers in all areas of medicine including cancer, Colley’s Anemia and Alzheimer’s – all of which affect many Italians.


If that were not enough, one must also acknowledge the historical significance of our city and its recognition as a major tourist destination for Italians visiting the United States. In fact, US Airways provides daily direct flights from Philadelphia to Rome and Milan – allowing for continuous passage between the two countries. Many of the travelers require consular services and assistance and will be forced to travel to New York City or Washington, D.C. should the Philadelphia office be closed.


The Italian Consulate in Philadelphia plays a significant role in our community. For those of you interested in sharing your concerns with the Italian government, letters can be sent to:


On. Stefano Stafani


Commissione Affari Esteri

Camera dei deputati

00186 Rome, Italy

Via email: [email protected]


A private petition has also been made available below which should be copied and pasted into a separate document and mailed to Hon. Salvatore Ferrigno, Preside ComItEs of Philadelphia, P. O. Box 14388, Philadelphia 19115.


Thank you for your consideration to this matter.




Gina Furia Rubel, Esq., Chancellor

Edward DiDonato, Esq., Vice Chancellor

Roberta D'Onofrio Pichini, Esq., Secretary

Gino Benedetti, Esq., Treasurer









First Name _________________________    

Last Name  _________________________



City _______________________________     

State __________________ Zip ________


Telephone __________________________

Email ________________________________



List of additional family members:


1.     First name ______________________________________


2.     First name ______________________________________


3.     First name ______________________________________


4.     First name ______________________________________


5.     First name ______________________________________


6.     First name ______________________________________


7.     First name ______________________________________







The above family resides in the Italian Consular District of Philadelphia, consisting of the states of Delaware, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Delaware, Southern New Jersey, Pennsylvania.


The above information will be used solely for the purpose of presenting petitions of protest as consented by the Privacy Law (L. 675/96). 

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