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November 25, 2013

Statement of Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Kathleen D. Wilkinson on the Death of Retired Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Anthony J. DeFino

"Judge DeFino exemplified the ideals of personal character, sound judgment and professional commitment," said Kathleen D. Wilkinson, Chancellor of the 13,000-member Philadelphia Bar Association. "He was a respected mentor in the legal profession, a touchstone for so many who aspired to the law and a treasured friend and colleague to countless lawyers, judges and public officials."

The Chancellor noted that Judge DeFino received the Thurgood Marshall Award in 2001, the highest honor presented by the Philadelphia Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section, for his dedication to improving the standards of justice in the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania courts.

Judge DeFino was also honored with the Cesare Beccaria Award in 2008, for his contribution to the cause of justice and the advancement of legal education, the Chancellor said. The award, named after the 18th century Italian scholar, is presented annually by the Criminal Justice Section and the Justinian Society.

"On behalf of the entire legal community, we extend our condolences to Judge DeFino's wife and family at this difficult time," Wilkinson said.

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