Awards

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 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, 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