||Nicholas A. Cipriani
Administrative Judge of the Court of Common Pleas - Family Division
Judge Cipriani obtained his Juris Doctorate from Temple University Law School. Upon graduating law school, Judge Cipriani was drafted into the Army where he served his country as a Provost Marshal in the United States Army Medical Corps at a military hospital in Illinois. In 1946, he was discharged at the rank of Second Lieutenant and then returned to Philadelphia where he began work as an attorney. In 1969, Judge Cipriani ran for a seat on the bench in Philadelphia. He ran as a Republican, the political party of his father, a GOP Chairman, and was elected to the position. Judge Cipriani served for 36 years in the Family Court Division. He was a notable advocate of children, and even in his retirement, served as a part-time hearing master in the floating truancy court, a joint venture between the Philadelphia School Board and the Truancy Office of the Family Court. In addition to his work in Family Court, Judge Cipriani served as an instructor at the Juvenile Court Judges' Commission Master's Degree Program at Shippensburg University.
Judge Cipriani also made numerous contributions to the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. Shortly after becoming Administrative Judge of the Family Court Division of the Court of Common Pleas, court procedures were become increasingly inadequate as a means of providing effective administration of cases as a result of the requirements of the changing laws and the increase in juvenile delinquency. On top of these problems, the Court also lacked substantial funding to implement changes. To combat this problem, Judge Cipriani came up with the practical and economical idea to appoint a committee, The Stakeholders Committee, which included representatives of the Court, the State Department of Welfare, the Juvenile Aid Division of Philadelphia, and numerous other groups involved in the welfare of children in Philadelphia. The court adopted the recommendations of the committee and the court system was vastly improved. There was no cost to the court or city.
The other highlight of Judge Cipriani's career was his appointment by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges as Chairman of the Committee of Metropolitan Courts in the United States. The committee was charged to study problems of the Juvenile Court and serious offenders. Judges from 23 states attended, and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges published the results of their meeting in their journal: "The Juvenile Court and Serious Offenders - 38 Recommendations."
Judge Cipriani was an active member of both the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Associations. He also served on multiple committees in Education and Family Law. He also participated in and chaired multiple committees and task force efforts for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the City of Philadelphia, and various state-level commissions. Judge Cipriani's work on domestic relations, spousal support, child support and enforcement, permanency planning, service delivery to youth, adoption, and the rights of children earned him numerous accolades throughout his career. He was the recipient of many awards, including the Philadelphia Citizens for Children and Youth's Wilbur Hobbs "True Friend of Children" Award in 2005. In addition, the Nicholas A. Cipriani Family Law American Inn of Court, whose purpose is to promote professionalism, ethics, camaraderie and education among the bench and bar, was named in his honor.
Judge Cipriani died February 5th, 2008.