Twin Cities Cardozo Society


About Us

The Twin Cities Cardozo Society is an affinity group for Jewish attorneys, judges and law students, affiliated through the Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul and the Minneapolis Jewish Federation. Its mission is to strengthen bonds among legal professionals through educational, social and philanthropic activities, as well as communal involvement and opportunities for leadership roles.

Join your colleagues in the legal community for educational programs, cultural events, and relationship building opportunities to enhance your professional life as well as your personal connection to the Jewish community.

Pro Bono Opportunity
Every Monday from 1-4 p.m., the Twin Cities Cardozo Society partners with Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance and the Minnesota Legal Aid Society to offer 30-minute free legal consultations to low-income individuals at the Urban League in North Minneapolis. This partnership began in 2008 as an initiative of the Public Service Committee of the Twin Cities Cardozo Society led by Shira Shapiro. It has provided an engaging opportunity for Jewish attorneys to give back to their local community. Volunteers are needed on an ongoing basis. If you are interested in learning more or signing up to volunteer, contact Shira Shapiro of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. at or 612.349.8500.


Community Awards

The Twin Cities Cardozo Society was founded in 1997. Since its inception, the Cardozo Society has established two awards that honor lawyers, judges or law students from our community, both of which are presented at the Annual Dinner held in the Fall of every year. These awards are:

Sidney Barrows Lifetime Commitment Award
The Sidney Barrows Lifetime Commitment Award was created in 2000, in memory of Sidney Barrows, one of the founding chairs of the Cardozo Society. This award is given annually to "a senior" attorney or judge in the Twin Cities who exemplifies excellence in his/her practice, community service in the Jewish and general community and life-long learning.

Award Recipients:
2014 - Phyllis Karasov & William Pentelovitch
2013 - Cliff Greene & Ellen Sampson
2012 - Steve A. Brand & Philip S. Garon
2011 - Jerome Ingber & Steve Rubin
2010 - Ron Zamansky
2009 - Howard Stacker
2008 - Melvin Orenstein
2007 - Hon. Rosanne Nathanson & Hon. Allen Oleisky
2006 - Elliot Kaplan & Peter Wolf
2005 - Thomas Feinberg
2004 - Samuel L. Kaplan
2003 - Hon. Roberta Levy
2002 - Morris Sherman
2001 - Marvin Pertzik & Allen Saeks
2000 - Marvin Borman

Arthur T. Pfefer Memorial Award
Every year, the Cardozo Society recognizes a Jewish law student or young lawyer who has demonstrated outstanding leadership potential and commitment to serving the community. This award, the Arthur T. Pfefer Memorial Award, honors the memory of an aspiring St. Paul lawyer who was killed while serving our country in the Vietnam War.

Please note that we have changed the eligibility criteria for the award. To be eligible for consideration, a nominee must be a Jewish law student or lawyer under age 35. The committee looks for nominees who exemplify current and future potential, outstanding leadership, and commitment to the Jewish and general communities. A nominee should have exhibited ambition and determination, shown academic or professional success, and demonstrated a strong commitment to public or community service. The award will be presented at the Fourteenth Annual Cardozo Dinner on November 21, 2013.

Applications for the 2013 Art Pfefer Award were accepted until April 1, 2013. The recipient of this honor will be announced shortly – please stay tuned!

For questions or more information, contact Marty Chester, Chair of the Arthur T. Pfefer Memorial Award Committee, at 612.766.7232.

Award Recipients:
2013 - Leora Itman
2012 - Robert Goldaris
2011 - Royee Vlodaver
2010 - Jennifer Benowitz
2009 - Jenny Gassman-Pines
2008 - Dori Smith
2007 - Marty Chester
2006 - Mia Sussman


What's Happening

Twin Cities Cardozo Society News | 2.26.2014




Steering Committee

2013 - 2014

Twin Cities Cardozo Society Co-Chairs:
Phyllis Karasov
Ronald  Zamansky       

Steering Committee:
Norman Abramson
Robert Barrows
David Bernstein
Robert Beugen
Steve Brand
Richard Bunin
Marty Chester
Jonathan Fogel
Roy Ginsburg
Judge Myron Greenberg
Todd Gurstel
Josh Hasko
Steven Hunegs
Jerome Ingber
Jesse Kibort
David Krco
Robin Landy
Sharon Lazarus
Judge Jonathan Lebedoff
Judge Roberta Levy
Scott Lifson
Susan Minsberg
Charles Nauen
Leslie Novak
Judge Allen Oleisky
Andrew Parker
Jonathan Parritz
Judge Joseph Rubenstein
Steven Rubin
Tom Sanders
Haley Schaffer
Marsha Schoenkin
Shira Shapiro
Rhona Shwaid
Sally Silk
Alex Tselos
Burton Weisberg
Melissa Wolchansky
Edward Winer
Rory Zamansky

Contact information

For more information about the Cardozo Society:

St. Paul
Dan Mogelson at 651-695-3189

Matt Walzer at 952-417-2336