Friday, September 12, 2008

Portrait Unveiling for Hon. Lisa A. Richette

Last night I had the great honor to participate in the Portrait Dedication Ceremony for the late Honorable Lisa A. Richette She was honored on September 11, 2008 (her birthday) at the Honorable Nicholas A. Cipriani Family Court Building in Philadelphia.
Judge Richette graduated as the first Italian American woman from the University of Pennsylvania and in 1952, she graduated from Yale Law School. One of Philadelphia’s most well-known advocates for children and a true forerunner of child welfare and juvenile justice.

In 1969, Judge Richette authored a book entitled, “The Throwaway Children,” about the juvenile justice system in Philadelphia. Judge Richette served on the Bench in Philadelphia from 1971 until the time of her death, October 26, 2007. In 2000, she was presented the first “Outstanding Women in Law Award” by the Justinian Society. The award has since been named after Her Honor.

The reception included tributes by The Honorables Kevin M. Dougherty, C. Darnell Jones, III; Abram Frank Reynolds, and Anthony J. DeFino. I also presented along with attorney Roberta D. Aversa. Immediately following the unveiling, the portrait was hung in Courtroom E, the room where Judge Richette last presided.
Pictured from L to R: The Honorable Kevin M. Dougherty, Administrative Judge, Family Court Division, Court of Common Pleas; The Honorable C. Darnell Jones, II, President Judge, Court of Common Pleas; The Honorable Louis J. Presenza, President Judge, Philadelphia Municipal Court, Gina Furia Rubel, Esq., Chancellor, The Justinian Society; Robert D. Aversa, Esq., Deputy City Solicitor, Philadelphia Law Department; The Honorable Anthony J. DeFino, Senior Judge, Court of Common Pleas; The Honorable Annette M. Rizzo, Criminal Division, Court of Common Pleas.

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