Honorable Joseph F. Weis, Jr. Distinguished Service Award


Every year, the Distinguished Service Award Committee meets to determine a worthy recipient of this prestigious Award. The Award was established by the Board of Governors in January of 1991 and, at the 1997 Masters of Trial Advocacy Retreat, the Award was presented to a founding member of our Academy, Honorable Joseph F. Weis, Jr., and the Award was renamed the Honorable Joseph F. Weis Jr. Distinguished Service Award. This Award does not recognize services to the Academy, such as service as an officer or on a committee. Perhaps the highest honor bestowed by the Academy, the award is given to those members who have made a substantial contribution to the judicial system or the legal profession.

Past recipients of this prestigious award include:

1992               Giles J. Gaca
                       Seymour A. Sikov
1993               E. J. Strassburger
                       Michael J. Manzo
1997               Honorable Joseph F. Weis, Jr.
1998               Edwin L. Klett
1999               Thomas L. Cooper
2001               Honorable Donald Ziegler
2002               Dennis C. Harrington
2004               Roslyn M. Litman
2005               David B. Fawcett
2006               John J. McLean, Jr.
2007               Vincent J. Grogan
2008               Thomas Hollander
2009               Honorable Robert J. Cindrich
2011               William R. Caroselli
2013               Michael Louik
2015               Honorable Joseph A. Del Sole

2017               Honorable Patricia L. Dodge

2018               John P. Gismondi

2019               Frederick W. Thieman