Twin Cities Cardozo Society

In The News

Witness for the prosecution: U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger on ISIL verdict, the Somali community, and the media

U.S. Attorney, and 2015 honoree for Outstanding Legal Achievement from the Cardozo Society, recently spoke with MinnPost about a dialogue he hosted with Somali-American men and women about how and why young people in their community are vulnerable to recruitment by foreign terror organizations.

You can read his full interview and the article here.

The Jewish legal community coming together to advance the philanthropic mission of the St. Paul and Minneapolis Jewish Federations, in order to ensure the security and vitality of the Jewish people

The Twin Cities Cardozo Society is a place for Jewish attorneys, judges and law students to network and serve the community. We strengthen bonds among legal professionals through educational, social and philanthropic activities, and offer opportunities for communal involvement and leadership.


If you are a practicing or retired attorney, judge or law student who is Jewish, be a part of the Cardozo Society by making a gift to the Minneapolis Jewish Federation or the Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul.

Join us for:

Events—from rooftop networking sessions to thought-provoking lunch-time discussions, to our annual flagship event, The Twin Cities Cardozo Society Annual Dinner.

Volunteering—for example, through our pro bono legal clinic.

Supporting the needs of the Jewish community—donors who join the Leadership Circle ($3,600) and Honor Roll ($1,800) receive additional recognition throughout the year.

Decision making, through service on committees and in leadership positions

Join us for the

Twin Cities Cardozo Society
Eighteenth Annual Dinner

Honoring the achievements of:
Robert Aronson, Karen Schanfield, and Melissa Weiner

Find out more about the Twin Cities Cardozo Society

If you are in Minneapolis, contact:
Bill Ressler | 952.417.2312 |

If you are in St. Paul, contact:
Dan Mogelson | 651.695.3189 |

Steering Committee Chairs
Andrew Parker, Jonathan Parritz

Campaign Chairs
Scott Teplinsky, Alex Tselos, Melissa Weiner

Program Chairs
Marlene Goldenberg, David Krco

Social Service Chairs
Shira Shapiro, Jim Stein

18th Annual Dinner Chairs
Robin Landy, Alan Milavetz

2017-2018 Steering Committee


Justice David Stras - 17th Annual Cardozo Dinner

Greg Arenson - 17th Annual Cardozo Dinner

Charlie Nauen - 17th Annual Cardozo Dinner

Howard Tarkow - 17th Annual Cardozo Dinner

Cardozo Society Awards

The 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. The award is given annually to a senior attorney or judge in the Twin Cities who exemplifies excellence in his or her practice, outstanding service to the Jewish and general communities and life-long learning.

Past Recipients

The Arthur T. Pfefer Memorial Award

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

Recipients are Jewish lawyers and law students under the age of 35 who have already demonstrated accomplishment and show great scholarly, professional, and philanthropic potential.

Past Recipients

Pro Bono Opportunities

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.

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.

We’re happy to announce the opening of a Cardozo Society volunteer legal aid clinic opportunity for attorneys who live and/or work in St. Paul! We have formed a wonderful partnership with both Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Aid Services (SMRLS) and Interfaith Action. e Cardozo Society will now be able to provide pro bono legal advice to the St. Paul community from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Thursday afternoons at the Morning Star Baptist Church located at 739 Selby Avenue in St. Paul.

For more information about the St. Paul Legal Aid Clinic, please contact Jim Stein at