Twin Cities Cardozo Society Arthur T. Pfefer Memorial Award


Nominations will be accepted for any Jewish law student or young attorney, age 35 and under, who exemplifies the ideals and values of Arthur T. Pfefer. This person should exhibit ambition and determination, realize academic or professional success and have a strong commitment to the Jewish and general community. Candidates should possess one or more of the following:

  • Commitment to public service and community
  • Leadership skills
  • Ambition and determination

Biographical Summary

Arthur Thomas Pfefer (“Artie”) was born in 1942 in St. Paul, the son of Ruth and Victor Pfefer.

After their father died at a young age, Artie and his brother, Howard, were raised by Ruth in the Highland Park neighborhood.

A charismatic and active boy, Artie spent his youth and excelled on St. Paul’s baseball fields and hockey rinks and would often socialize with his friends in the Highland Village, where his mother worked in a department store in order to make ends meet.

Upon graduating from Central High School in 1960, Artie pursued his undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota. Then, with the help of an Army ROTC scholarship, he enrolled at the University Of Minnesota School Of Law where he served as Editor of the Minnesota Law Review and was granted membership in the Order of the Coif.

After graduating Magna Cum Laude, Artie was hired by Maslon, Edelman, Borman & Brand and married his sweetheart, DeeDee Cohen, in the summer of 1967. Prior to starting his career in law, Artie set out to fulfill an obligation to his country and was deployed to Vietnam as a Captain in the US Army. Six months after the birth of his son, Dean, Artie was killed in action in Pleiku, Vietnam on July 25, 1969.

Twin Cities Cardozo Society
Arthur T. Pfefer Memorial Award Nomination Form – 2021

Information and instructions for nominators:

  1. The award recipient is selected in a two-step process: (a) review of your written nomination materials by the award committee to select finalists and (b) interview of finalists by the award committee.
  2. Not all nominees will be interviewed. Finalists are selected for interview based on the written nomination materials that you provide.
  3. Please provide a resume for your nominee, in addition to answering the questions.
  4. Please provide as much information as possible.
  5. Please submit your nomination materials no later than July 31, 2020.

You can either submit your nominations online with the below form, or print and submit this form to:

Jeff Prottas
Twin Cities Cardozo Society
St. Paul Jewish Federation
790 S. Cleveland Ave. Suite 227, St. Paul, MN 55116
Email: | Phone: (651) 695-3185| Fax: 651-690-0228

Submissions are due by July 31, 2020.

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