The Criminal Justice Section has three awards:
Thurgood Marshall Award (formerly the Criminal Justice Section Award). It is presented at our annual holiday party in December.
Cesare Beccaria Award. It is presented every November at a reception in the Mayor's Reception Room in City Hall. The Justinian Society participates in the award and presentation.
Henry Czajkowski Award. This award was created in 1996 to honor the late Hank Czajkowski, an outstanding court administrator. It is to be presented from time to time to non-lawyers who have made outstanding contributions to the administration of justice. In 1996 it was presented to Joseph A. Cairone.
Standards for Awarding the Thurgood Marshall Award
The purpose of the Award is to represent the highest honor that the Criminal Justice Section can give to anyone, whether or not a member of the Section, who exemplifies the ideals of Justice Thurgood Marshall's career. The Award should be for long-time service, not an individual event, although a specific event can be the triggering factor.
It should be awarded to someone who has devoted time, energy and talent to improving the standards of justice in the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania courts.
It should recognize significant accomplishments in improving the administration of criminal justice.
It should recognize signficant accomplishments in achieving the goals of the Criminal Justice Section.
It should recognize distinguished service consistently rendered over a considerable period of time or a single outstanding achievement in a particular year. (The fact that this single achievement may have occured some years ago is not material so long as it has not been recognized).
It should not be awarded merely for exemplary permance in a paid job relating to criminal justice. It should represent service above and beyond compensated employment.
The recipient should demonstrate great legal talent, administrative abilities or devotion to a cause, whether popular or not. For example, a lawyer (prosecutor or defense) who represents unpopular causes or unpopular defendants; a judge who develops innovative techniques for disposing of cases without minimizing rights of defendants or victims; an administrator who devises new systems of disposing cases; an organization which makes an innovative contribution to the criminal justice system; an individual or organization which fosters legal education and training.
Standards for Awarding the Beccaria Award
This Award represents the highest honor that the Criminal Justice Section can give to any member of the Bar, whether or not a member of the Section, who exemplifies the ideals of the career of Cesare Beccaria, the 18th century Italian scholar whose writings presaged the dawn of the modern penal system. The Award is to recognize distinguished achievement of a member of the Philadelphia Bar in the field of education in criminal justice, including legal and/or general education activities in the field.
Beccaria published a book in 1764 advocating a new and complete system of criminal law and procedure stressing swift trials, prompt, moderate and certain punishment, rehabilitation and the abolition of the death penalty. However, advocacy of these principles should not be the only criteria for the Award.
It should be awarded to someone who has devoted time, energy and talent to educating and improving the standards of education in the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania area in the field of criminal justice.
It should recognize significant accomplishments in improving educational principles in the criminal field.
It should recognize significant accomplishments in achieving the goals of the Criminal Justice Section.
It should recognize distinguished service consistently rendered over a considerable period of time or a single outstanding achievement in a particular year. (The fact that this single achievement may have occurred some years ago is not material so long as it has not been previously recognized).
It should not be awarded merely for exemplary performance in a paid job relating to criminal education, but should represent service above and beyond compensated employment.
The recipient should demonstrate legal educational efforts, development of new and innovative courses in criminal education, and should foster legal education and training in the field of criminal justice.
Criminal Justice Section Award Recipients(Precursor to Thurgood Marshall Award)
1976 Brem Levy, Esquire 1977 Martin Vinikoor, Esquire 1982 Louis Lipschitz, Esquire, Abe Needleman, Esquire, Herbert Hardin, Esquire, Ben Levy, Esquire, Milton Leidner, Esquire 1988 Edward Dennis, Esquire 1989 Samuel C. Stretton, Esquire Note: (year uncertain) Senator Arlen Specter, Stanford Shmukler, Esquire Note: Names not available for 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, l985, 1986, 1987
Thurgood Marshall Award Recipients1991 A. Charles Peruto, Esquire, Hon. Stanley Kubacki 1992 Stanford Shmukler, Esquire 1993 Hon. Lois Forer 1994 Bruce A. Franzel, Esquire 1995 Burton A. Rose, Esquire 1996 Hon. Carolyn Engel Temin 1997 Steven G. Laver, Esquire 1998 Hon. Legrome Davis 1999 Councilperson David Cohen 2000 Deputy District Attorney Raymond Harley 2001 Hon. Anthony J. DeFino 2002 Judith Frankel Rubino, Esquire 2003 Hon. Abram Frank Reynolds 2004 Bernard L. Siegel, Esquire 2005 Hon. Benjamin Lerner 2006 George Henry Newman, Esquire 2007 Hon. Darnell C. Jones II 2008 Co-Recipients, Maureen Rowley, Esq. and Michael Coard, Esq. 2009 Co-Recipients, George Mosee, Esq. and Hon. Louis H. Pollak 2010 Ellen T. Greenlee, Esq. 2011 Juvenile Law Center, Marsha Levick, Robert Schwartz
2012 Alan Yatvin
2013 Hon. Lydia Kirkland
2014 Prof. Edward D. Olbaum (Posthumously)
2015 Len Sosnov, Esq.
2016 Hon. Marsha H. Neifield
2017 Hon. Theodore A. McKee
2018 Stuart H. Schuman, Esq.
Beccaria Award Recipients1994 Hon. Lisa A. Richette
1995 Professor James A. Strazzella
1996 Hon. Abraham J. Gafni
1997 Mary DeFusco, Esquire
1998 Hon. Louis J. Presenza, Professor Edward D. Ohlbaum
1999 Donald C. Marino, Esquire, Hon. Edmund B. Spaeth, Jr.
2000 L. Felipe Restrepo, Esquire
2001 Hon. Anthony J. Scirica
2002 Hon. Charles P. Mirarchi, Jr.
2003 Jules Epstein, Esquire
2004 A. Charles Peruto, Sr., Esquire
2005 David Rudovsky, Esquire
2006 Michael C. Rainone, Esquire (Chair Emeritus)
2007 Hon. Carolyn Engel Temin
2008 Hon. Anthony J. De Fino
2009 Gaetan J. Alfano, Esquire
2010 Frank DeSimone, Esquire
2011 Hon. William J. Mazzola
2012 Carmen C, Nasuti, Esquire
2013 Burton A, Rose, Esquire
2014 Daniel Rendine, Sr., Esquire, Daniel Rendine, Jr., Esquire
Henry Czajkowski Award Recipients(Presented for Administration of Justice -- not for lawyers or judges) 1996 Joseph A. Cairone 2001 Kathleen Rapone 2005 Stephen Jaffe 2008 Philadelphia Police Department Detective Bill Wynn (Ret.) 2010 Joseph A. Lanzalotti, Deputy Court Administrator for the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania
2013 Courtroom Operations
2014 Janet Fasy, Deputy Court Administrator for the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, Joseph Evers, Court Administrator for the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, Hon. Sheila Woods-Skipper, Hon. Kevin Dougherty, On Behalf of the Court Reporter, Digital Recording and Interpreter Administrator