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History & Leadership

A History of Unwavering Commitment to Justice

In 2018, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice will mark 50 years of commitment to preserving civil justice, and dedication to protecting the individuals’ injured in our Commonwealth.

PAJustice was founded in 1968 as the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association when leadership from two ends of the state banded together, recognizing the need for a cohesive and effective statewide organization to uphold and defend the Pennsylvania legal system, including trial by jury.

Shortly after, a group of visionary members came together to establish one of the first statewide legislative programs for trial lawyers in response to No-Fault automobile insurance legislation. Since then, the association has spearheaded landmark efforts to fight tort reform and other legislative programs targeted at impeding the Constitutional rights of citizens.

Headquartered in Philadelphia and Harrisburg, leaders, member volunteers, and the service-oriented professional team assist plaintiff attorneys in better representing their clients, and successfully advocate for the integrity of a robust civil justice system. The association has continually resisted measures that, in other states, have closed courthouse doors to those who rely on courtrooms as the last resort to obtain justice.

The strength of the association is due to the bi-partisan collaboration of its members, the relationships that drive efforts to keep courthouse doors open for all Pennsylvanians.

On an ongoing basis, PAJustice takes a critical look at operational and organizational effectiveness to ensure that it is best prepared to respond to needs of the 21st century trial attorney, and invests in the tools required to perform this work.

Our Mission

Our mission is to promote a fair and effective justice system – and to support attorneys as they work to ensure that any person who is injured by the misconduct or negligence of others can obtain justice in Pennsylvania’s courtrooms, even when taking on the most powerful interests.

PAJustice connects trial attorneys throughout the state by:

  • Providing online and offline platforms where members can share information on legal and practice developments;
  • Organizing online and live Continuing Legal Educational seminars on all aspects of trial practice, case law, and other relevant areas of the law;
  • Publishing legal manuals and texts on areas of law of interest to PAJustice members;
  • Fostering public awareness of the role of the trial attorney in the administration of justice and protecting every citizen’s Constitutional rights to trial by jury.

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Governance: Pennsylvania Association for Justice Constitution

PAJustice Leadership

Experienced leadership in Philadelphia and Harrisburg oversee dedicated professionals who ensure that Pennsylvania’s trial attorneys have the resources and support they require to work as effectively as possible for their clients.

Craig Giangiulio, Executive Director, 215.546.6451 ext. *20

Craig Giangiulio has served the membership of PAJustice for more than 20 years, working seamlessly with the elected officers to help to facilitate a growth in the association, and expansion of member services and resources.

A Syracuse University graduate, Craig previously served as Communications Director. He began his career with the Philadelphia Bar Association and was a journalist.

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