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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.

2021 First "In Person" Annual Meeting/Election Announcement
Virtual Annual Meeting, Election & Scholarship Announcement
News from The Justinian Foundation – 2020 Scholarship Recipient
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...
  November 2021 Justinian Member of the Month

Judge Maria McLaughlin
November, 2021 Justinian Member of the Month

Judge Foglietta 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. Prior to his honor's election to the bench, Judge Foglietta was in private practice since 1986.

His honor's private practice included insurance defense, surety and fidelity, construction litigation, insurance coverage disputes, commercial litigation as well as general civil litigation. From 1976 to 1985, his honor defended the City of Philadelphia and its employees against civil lawsuits in the Office of City Solicitor, where he was initially hired as a law clerk and ultimately became Chief Assistant City Solicitor.

Judge Foglietta earned his Juris Doctor from Widener University School of Law in 1976, where he participated in the Student Bar Association and has served on the Alumni Association's Board of Directors. Judge Foglietta graduated in 1972 from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Sociology where he notably achieved Dean's List every semester and won the Union League's "Good Citizenship Award" prior to matriculation.

Judge Foglietta served as Vice Chair of the Tort and Insurance Committee of the General Practice Section of the American Bar Association and was appointed to this national office by the Committee Chairperson. His honor's community service 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).

Una Piccola Conversazione

1. How long have you been a member of the Justinian Society?

I was admitted to the Bar in 1977 and I joined the Justinians the following year.

2. Why did you join the Justinian Society, and what do you hope to gain from membership?

I liked and still like the idea of a fraternal organization dedicated to our shared Italian-American heritage.

3. What do you love or enjoy most about your job?

Being a Common Pleas court trial judge is for me a "dream job". Every day is a new and exciting experience. I consider it the culmination of my legal career.

4. How would you define success?

That's not an easy question to answer. I guess I would define success in my job as well as in my personal life as always doing what I consider to be the right thing regardless of the circumstances. Or the consequences.

5. Who or what inspires you?

I always look to my family for inspiration in times of crisis.

6. If you could choose anyone in history as a mentor, who would you choose and why?

That's an easy question for me to answer. Teddy Roosevelt is a personal hero of mine and I feel he is kindred spirit.

7. Name one valuable lesson you've learned in your life and that you would advise other members to follow?

As I said previously, always do what you think is right regardless of the circumstances or the consequences.

8. What's something about you (a fun fact) that not many people know?

I prefer winter sports to the summer. As a matter of fact, I despise the spring and summer.

9. What's the last book you read?

My job keeps me so busy it doesn't afford me the luxury of reading books for pleasure.

10. What's your favorite thing about Philadelphia, i.e., sports team, restaurant, museum, history, music etc.?

The historical significance of our great city as the birthplace of our great nation.

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