Twin Cities Cardozo Society

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Announcing…this year’s Cardozo Dinner Keynote Speaker

Jason McCue is the founding and Senior Partner of McCue & Partners LLP and co-founder of Rigel International (Corporation).  He is an acknowledged leading international expert in law (human rights, counter terrorism, conflict resolution, transitional justice, cross border litigation, asset recovery, and class actions) and a world renowned non-state actor/facilitator of peace processes (dialogue, negotiation, mediation, justice, and reconciliation).  He is a well-known advisor on justice, international/foreign affairs, development and state building, businessperson, and humanitarian campaigner. He has advised numerous heads of state, governments (and opposition), global corporations and political, business and celebrity figures as well as non-government organisations and international bodies (including the United Nations and African Union).

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:

Thank you to all who attended the
Twin Cities Cardozo Society 20th Annual Dinner
Monday, November 4, 2019

5:00pm Reception | 6:15pm Dinner & Program
Marriot City Center | 30th South 7th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402

Scott Lifson and Randi Ilyse Roth
2019 Sidney Barrows Lifetime Commitment Award Honorees

Benjamin Gerber

2019 Arthur T. Pfefer Memorial Award Honoree

Alex Tselos and Melissa Weiner
20th Annual Dinner Chairs

Jason McCue
Featured Speaker

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 |

Jeffrey Prottas | 651.695.3185 |

Steering Committee Chairs
Andrew Parker, Jonathan Parritz

Campaign Chairs
Rick Linsk, Drew Zamansky

Program Chairs
Ben Gerber, David Milavetz

Public Service Chairs
Susan Minsberg, Shira Shapiro

20th Annual Dinner Chairs
Alex Tselos, Melissa Weiner

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

Sidney Barrows Lifetime Commitment Award Selection Committee Chair
Robert Barrows

2018-2019 Steering Committee

Andrew Parker, Chair
Jonathan Parritz, Chair

Greg Arenson
Daniel Berlinger
Justin Boschwitz
Steve Brand
Valeria Sinelnikov Chazin
Marty Chester
Ben Gerber
Marlene Goldenberg
Stuart Goldenberg
Hon. Myron Greenberg
Josh Hasko
Steven Hunegs
Jerome Ingber
Phyllis Karasov
Jesse Kibort
Alexandra Klass
David Krco
Barry Landy
Robin Landy
Sharon Lazarus
Hon. Jonathan Lebedoff
Scott Lifson
Rick Linsk
Andy Luger
Alan Milavetz
David Milavetz
Susan Minsberg
Charles Nauen
Andrew Parker
Jonathan Parritz
Ethan Roberts
Steven Rubin
Marsha Schoenkin
Shira Shapiro
Hon. David Stras
Howard Tarkow
Alex Tselos
Melissa Weiner
Edward Winer
Drew Zamansky


20th Annual Cardozo Society Dinner Live Stream

20th Annual Cardozo Dinner Honoree – Scott Lifson

20th Annual Cardozo Dinner Honoree – Randi Ilyse Roth

Twin Cities Cardozo Society Dinner - Rise Up Again

Cardozo Society Awards

The Sidney Barrows Lifetime Commitment Award

**The 2019 nomination application is now closed.

We invite you to nominate a leading judge or attorney to receive the 2019 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.

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

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

Past Recipients

2019 – Scott Lifson and Randi Ilyse Roth
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 age 35 or under who have already demonstrated accomplishment and show great scholarly, professional, and philanthropic potential.

Past Recipients

2019 – Benjamin Gerber
2018 – David Krco
2017 – Melissa Weiner
2016 – Greg Arenson
2015 – Valeria Sinelnikov Chazin
2014 – Ron Garber
2013 – Leora Miriam Maccabee
2012 – Robert Goldaris
2011 – Royee Vlodaver
2010 – Jennifer Benowitz
2009 – Jenny Gassman-Pines
2008 – Dori Streit
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 Susan Minsberg at