Rosner & Rosner Young Lawyer Professionalism Award

2016 Award Recipient

Anthony Ciolli

Virgin Islands attorney Anthony Ciolli is special assistant to Chief Justice Rhys S. Hodge of the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands.  As the newest court of last resort in the United States, he has worked closely with the Justices, Office of Disciplinary Counsel, Office of Bar Admissions, Commission on Judicial Conduct and the Virgin Islands Bar Association on drafting the Virgin Islands Rules of Professional Conduct, Rules of Judicial Disciplinary Enforcement, Rules of Attorney Discipline Enforcement, Unauthorized Practice of Law, and other bar rules.  Chief Justice Hodge noted that “[Ciolli] has participated in a process few individuals have experienced:  building a court of law resort from scratch, and helping it evolve in to a mature institution.”

Prior to his work in the Virgin Islands, Mr. Ciolli served as Senior Law Clerk for the Supreme Court of Guam. 

He is active in the Virgin Islands Bar Association serving on its Board of Governors and on committees including Continuing Legal Education, Bar Journal-Law Review and Young Lawyers.  He also received the 2014 Virgin Islands Bar Association President’s Award.  At the American Bar Association he serves as the Virgin Islands Bar Association’s representation in the ABA House of Delegates and has been active in the ABA Young Lawyers Division Truth in Law School Education Committee, Resolutions Team, Intellectual Property Committee, and the Assembly, where he served as Parliamentarian for the 2015-16 Bar Year.

He received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and an Executive LL.M. in Taxation from New York University, as well as A.L.M. in Government from Harvard University, a Master of Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, a M.A. in Sociology from Queens College, and a B.S. in Industrial & Labor Relations from Cornell University.

In her nomination of Mr. Ciolli, then Virgin Islands Chief Disciplinary Counsel Delphine Farr Janey noted that, “…Anthony reminds us that, as lawyers, we must devote our resources and influence to strengthening and improving our system of justice.”