Criminal Justice Section
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 Message from the Section Co-Chairs
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 Philadelphia Bar Association CLE programs.
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.
Benjamin B. Cooper
Allan J. Sagot and Associates
Three Parkway, Suite 1320
16th & Cherry Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Susan M. Lin
Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing, Feinberg & Lin LLP
The Cast Iron Building
718 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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.
Annual Holiday Reception & Awards Ceremony - Thursday, December 18
Professor Ohlbaum's wife, Karyn Scher, accepts the Thurgood Marshall Award from Section Chair Robert Muench. The Marshall Award is the Section's highest honor for outstanding service to the profession.
Robert Muench, Section Chair, Estie Lipsit (Professor Ohlbaum's sister), Jake Ohlbaum (Professor Ohlbaum's son), Karyn Scher (Professor Ohlbaum's wife), Jeffrey Lindy, Esquire, Professor Jeffrey Dunoff.
President Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper received an award for her leadership.
Deputy Court Administrator Janet Fasy received the Henry Czajkowski Award in behalf of the Office of Court Reporter, Digital Recording and Interpreter Administration. The Czajkowski Award honors exceptional service by non-lawyers to the criminal justice system.
Clerk of Courts Joseph Evers received the Henrty Czajkowski Award.
Isla Fruchter received the Chairman's Award for organizing Continuing Legal Educations programs for the Section.
James Funt was honored for his service as last year's Chair of the Section.
Supreme Court Induction - Monday, May 5, 2014
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.
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.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE SECTION CHAIRS1966 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 2015 James Funt and Thomas J. Innes, III (Co-Chairs)
2016 Kevin Harden, Jr.
2017 James F. Berardinelli and Thomas Ivory (Co-Chairs)
2018 Benjamin B. Cooper and Susan M. Lin
Note: Names not available for 1971, 1972, 1973