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. 

This year’s dinner will be on Thursday, November 1, at the Marriott City Center. This year’s recipients of the Sidney Barrows Lifetime Commitment Award are Robin Landy and Lawrence Shapiro.

Nominations for the Arthur T. Pfefer Memorial Award are now being accepted and can be submitted to

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

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


Robert Aronson - 18th Annual Cardozo Dinner

Karen Schanfield - 18th Annual Cardozo Dinner

Melissa Wiener - 18th Annual Cardozo Dinner

Oren Gross – 18th Annual Cardozo Dinner

18th Annual Twin Cities Cardozo Dinner Honorees

Cardozo Society Awards

The Sidney Barrows Lifetime Commitment Award

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. Please submit your nomination by November 20. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Bill Ressler: or 952-417-2312.

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. Please submit your nomination by November 20.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Bill Ressler: or 952.417.2312.

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