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 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 a 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.


Marissa B. Bluestine and Thomas J Innes III


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.

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.


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
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
2019 Leonard S. Deutchman
2020 Lauren Fine and Thomas J Innes III
Note: Names not available for 1971, 1972, 1973