Twin Cities Cardozo Society

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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

Find out more about the Twin Cities Cardozo Society

Please contact:
Dan Mogelson | 952.417.2311 |

Steering Committee Chairs
Andrew Parker, Jonathan Parritz

Campaign Chairs
Scott Teplinsky, Alex Tselos, Melissa Weiner

Program Chairs
Dan Berlinger, Valeria Chazin, Ben Gerber, Marlene Goldenberg, David Krco

Public Service Chairs
Susan Minsberg, Shira Shapiro

19th Annual Dinner Chairs
Stuart Bear, Drew Zamansky

Arthur T. Pfefer Award Selection Committee Chair
Jenny Gassman-Pines

Sidney Barrows Lifetime Commitment Award Selection Committee Chair
Robert Barrows

2017-2018 Steering Committee

Andrew Parker, Chair
Jonathan Parritz, Chair

Norman Abramson
Daniel Berlinger
Justin Boschwitz
Steve Brand
Richard Bunin
Valeria Sinelnikov Chazin
Marty Chester
Marlene Goldenberg
Stuart Goldenberg
Hon. Myron Greenberg
Josh Hasko
Steve Hunegs
Jerry Ingber
Phyllis Karasov
Jesse Kibort
David Krco
Robin Landy
Sharon Lazarus
Hon. Jonathan Lebedoff
Scott Lifson
Rick Linsk
Andy Luger
Susan Minsberg
Charlie Nauen
Les Novak
Hon. Allen Oleisky
Andrew Parker
Jonathan Parritz
Steve Rubin
Marsha Schoenkin
Shira Shapiro
Rhona Shwaid
Sally Silk
Hon. David Stras
Scott Allen Teplinsky
Alex Tselos
Melissa Weiner
Ed Winer
Drew Zamansky


Lawrence M. Shapiro - 19th Annual Cardozo Dinner

Robin Landy - 19th Annual Cardozo Dinner

Bob Barrows Remarks - 19th Annual Cardozo Dinner

David Krco - 19th Annual Cardozo Dinner

19th Annual Cardozo Dinner Honoree – Robin Landy

19th Annual Cardozo Dinner Honoree – Lawrence M. Shapiro

Twin Cities Cardozo Society Dinner - Rise Up Again

Cardozo Society Awards

The Sidney Barrows Lifetime Commitment Award

**The 2018 nomination application is now closed.

We invite you to nominate a leading judge or attorney to receive the 2018 Sidney Barrows Lifetime Commitment Award, the highest honor conferred by the Twin Cities Cardozo Society. Please consider an experienced attorney or judge in the Twin Cities who exemplifies excellence in legal practice, a long record of service to the Jewish and general communities, and a demonstrated commitment to life-long learning.

The nomination form is available here. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Dan Mogelson: or 952.417.2311.

Note: When reflecting on the nominee’s service to both the Jewish and general communities, please list the person’s record of service in as much detail as you can and give consideration to the following:

  • Community leadership
  • Demonstration of sustained commitment to meeting general and Jewish community needs
  • Development and fostering of the virtues and skills of civic and Jewish engagement and social responsibility

You can find the nomination form here.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Dan Mogelson: or 952.417.2311.

Past Recipients

2018 – Robin Landy and Lawrence Shapiro
2017 – Karen Schanfield and Robert Aronson
2016 – Charlie Nauen and Howard Tarkow
2015 – Hon. Mickey Greenberg and Alan Silver
2014 – Phyllis Karasov and Bill Pentelovitch
2013 – Cliff Greene and Ellen Sampson
2012 – Steve A. Brand and Philip S. Garon
2011 – Jerome Ingber and Steve Rubin
2010 – Ron Zamansky
2009 – Howard Stacker
2008 – Melvin Orenstein
2007 – Hon. Rosanne Nathanson and Hon. Allen Oleisky
2006 – Elliot Kaplan and Peter Wolf
2005 – Thomas Feinberg
2004 – Samuel L. Kaplan
2003 – Hon. Roberta Levy
2002 – Morris Sherman
2001 – Marvin Pertzik and Allen Saeks
2000 – Marvin Borman, z”l

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.

**The 2018 nomination application is now closed.

Past Recipients

2018 – David Krco
2017 – Melissa Weiner
2016 – Greg Arenson
2015 – Valeria Sinelnikov Chazin
2014 – Ron Garber
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

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