Welcome to the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section’s Web Site

Our section has a long-standing tradition of examining issues that arise in the everyday practice of Criminal Law in Philadelphia and surrounding communities. Recently, the section has addressed a number of issues, including raising Court Appointment Fees for practitioners, addressing prison overpopulation in the region, helping launch new website initiatives and ensuring that our members and the general public have access to the latest information affecting the practice of law in the criminal justice field. We have expanded resources on our website and added links to various sites which are critical to the professionals who work in this area.

We conduct our monthly general meetings at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market Street in the 11th floor conference room. The meetings are usually scheduled on the last Tuesday of each month.

Lunch is available for a modest fee. Please join us.


A Messsage from the Section Chair

Welcome to the Philadelphia Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section Website. Part of the purpose of the Criminal Justice Section is to further the achievement of fair, speedy, and effective administration of criminal justice. In promoting that purpose, our Section has s long-standing tradition of carefully examining issues that impact the practice of law in Philadelphia and the criminal-justice system. Because our membership is comprised of a wide range of stakeholders in the criminal-justice system, including judges, prosecutors, public defenders and private practitioners, we are able to speak to criminal-justice issues from a broad and robust perspective.

Some of our recent work and initiatives include trying to preserve the court appointed counsel fee system for those practitioners who represent indigent defendants and further working to increase the fees paid to those practitioners at both the state and federal level, ensuring the retention of experienced and competent court-appointed counsel in the Philadelphia court system, providing eduction and relevant information to our members through our connection with our Criminal Justice Section Blog, and providing high-quality continuing legal education (CLE) Programs with the Section's CLE coordinator and through the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.

You are invited to attend our monthly general section meetings. They are held usually on the last Tuesday of each month at the Philadelphia Bar Association, 1101 Market St. At our meetings, you will experience various topics on an agenda which often includes appellate updates, prison updates, topical guest speakers from the criminal-justice community and opportunities to earn CLE credits.

Please join us at our meetings. Lunch is provided at a small cost. We look forward to seeing you.

Chair

Robert W. Muench
Robert W. Muench, Attorney-at-Law
9012 Cargill Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19115
(215) 969-1540
rwmuench@comcast.net


MONTHLY SECTION MEETINGS

The general meetings are usually held on the fourth Tuesday of each month and Executive Committee meetings are held of the second Tuesday of each month.


Section News

Supreme Court Induction - Monday, May 5, 2014

Criminal Justice Section News Photo

Criminal Justice Section News Photo

Criminal Justice Section News Photo


Please keep checking the Criminal Justice Section area of the Philadelphia Bar Association website and the Criminal Justice Section Blog for important news and updates.

New Judicial Courtroom Assignments

Judicial Assignments for November 1, 2010 through July 1, 2011


The Criminal Justice Section offers prosecutors, defense attorneys and judges the opportunity to meet and collaborate on issues of mutual concern within the criminal justice system. Membership in the section is available not only to lawyers and judges; any person employed within the criminal justice system in Philadelphia, or by the courts, is eligible to become an associate member of the section. In addition to continuing legal education courses developed specifically for criminal law practitioners, the section also sponsors public forums on issues of concern to the broader community.

The Criminal Justice Section has three awards:

1. Thurgood Marshall Award (formerly the Criminal Justice Section Award). It is presented at our annual holiday party in December.

2. 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.

3. 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.

1. 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.

2. It should recognize significant accomplishments in improving the administration of criminal justice.

3. It should recognize signficant accomplishments in achieving the goals of the Criminal Justice Section.

4. 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).

5. 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.

6. 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.

1. 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.

2. It should recognize significant accomplishments in improving educational principles in the criminal field.

3. It should recognize significant accomplishments in achieving the goals of the Criminal Justice Section.

4. 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).

5. 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.

6. 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 CHAIRS

1966 Brem Levy, Esquire
1967 Brem Levy, Esquire
1968 Stanford Shmukler, Esquire
1969 Stanford Shmukler, Esquire
1970 Sarah Duffy, Esquire
1974 Donald J. Goldberg, Esquire
1975 Howard Gittis, Esquire
1976 Dennis Eisman, Esquire
1977 Richard D. Atkins, Esquire
1978 William D. Harris, Esquire
1979 Eugene H. Clarke, Jr., Esquire
1980 Louis M. Natale, Esquire
1981 Joel H. Slomsky, Esquire
1982 Michael D. Stiles, Esquire
1983 Bruce A. Franzel, Esquire
1984 Burton A. Rose, Esquire
1985 Leon W. Tucker, Esquire
1986 Jane C. Greenspan, Esquire
1987 George H. Newman, Esquire
1988 Stanton M. Lacks, Esquire
1989 Andrew Gay, Esquire
1990 Bernard L. Siegel, Esquire
1991 Steven A. Morley, Esquire
1992 Steven G. Laver, Esquire
1993 Teresa Carr Deni, Esquire
1994 Samuel C. Stretton, Esquire
1995 Denis Cohen, Esquire
1996 Aaron Finestone, Esquire
1997 Ellen Greenlee, Esquire
1998 Daniel-Paul Alva, Esquire
1999 Jack Myers, Esquire
2000 Isla Fruchter, Esquire
2001 Stanley Krakower, Esquire
2002 Daniel P. Alva, Esquire
2003 Matthew Perks, Esquire
2004 George H. Newman, Esquire
2005 Judith Frankel Rubino, Esquire
2006 John Ryan, Esquire
2007 Donna Woelpper, Esquire
2008 Troy W. Wilson, Esq.
2009 Peter Berson, Esq.
2010 Hon. Denis P. Cohen and Thomas O. Fitzpatrick, Esq. (co-Chairs)
2011 Brad Shuttleworth
2012 Kevin Mincey
2013 Jamie Funt
2014 Robert W. Muench
Note: Names not available for 1971, 1972, 1973


CRIMINAL JUSTICE SECTION AWARD RECIPIENTS

1976 Brem Levy, Esquire
1977 Martin Vinikoor, Esquire
1982 Louis Lipschitz, Esquire, Abe Needleman, Esquire, Herbert Hardin, Esquire, Brem 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 RECIPIENTS

1991 A. Charles Peruto, Esquire, Judge Stanley Kubacki
1992 Stanford Shmukler, Esquire
1993 Judge Lois Forer
1994 Bruce A. Franzel, Esquire
1995 Burton A. Rose, Esquire
1996 Judge Carolyn Engel Temin
1997 Steven G. Laver, Esquire
1998 Judge Legrome Davis
1999 Councilperson David Cohen
2000 Deputy District Attorney Raymond Harley
2001 Judge Anthony J. DeFino
2002 Judith Frankel Rubino, Esquire
2003 Hon. Abram Frank Reynolds
2004 Bernard L. Siegel, Esquire
2005 Judge Benjamin Lerner
2006 George Henry Newman, Esquire
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.
Judge Darnell C. Jones II
Hon. Lydia Kirkland

BECCARIA AWARD RECIPIENTS

1994 Judge Lisa Richette
1995 Professor James Strazzella
1996 Judge Abraham Gafni
1997 Mary DeFusco, Esquire
1998 Professor Edward Ohlbaum, Judge Louis Presenza
1999 Judge Edmund B. Spaeth, Jr., Donald Marino, Esquire
2000 L. Felipe Restrepo, Esquire
2001 Judge Anthony J. Scirica
2002 Judge Charles P. Mirarchi, Jr.
2003 Jules Epstein, Esquire
2004 A. Charles Peruto Sr.
2005 David Rudovsky, Esquire
2006 Michael Rainone, Equire
2007 Hon. Carolyn Engel Temin
2008 Hon. Anthony J. DeFino
2009 Gaetan J. Alfano, Esq.
2010 Frank DeSimone, Esq.
Professor David Rudovsky
Michael C. Rainone

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