Judge Rizzo was appointed to the Court of Common Pleas bench in Philadelphia in 1998 by then Governor Tom Ridge. Since that time, she has served in the Trial Division in both the Criminal and Civil Programs and now sits in the Civil Major Trial Program.After receiving her B.A. in Public Policy and Italian Literature at The University of Pennsylvania, she completed her legal studies at Temple University School of Law.Judge Rizzo worked in both the public and private sectors prior to her tenure on the bench serving first with the City Solicitors Office and then with the law firm of Rawle & Henderson. Just prior to taking the bench the Judge served as Senior Counsel at CIGNA Companies.She has been active in many community organizations serving on many non-profit boards and she remains committed to public service as a board member of the Philadelphia VIP, the historic site of Eastern State Penitentiary, Casa Farnese, a senior citizen residential complex and Temple Law Alumni Association. The Judge is also active in the Temple American Inn of Court and the Justinian Society.Since the spring of 2008 Judge Rizzo has been involved with the development and oversight of the First Judicial Districts Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Pilot Program which mandates that no residential owner-occupied property in Philadelphia may go to Sheriffs sale without a Conciliation Conference being held. The Conferences bring together homeowners, lenders counsel, pro bono attorneys and housing counselors in an effort to keep City residents in their homes.Beyond her participation in community organizations and professional associations Judger Rizzo also sits on a variety of court committees which involve in-house education for the bench on civil and procedural issues, the Civil Rules Committee, the Senior Judge Committee as well as the FJD Pro Bono Committee which seeks to expand volunteer service of the local bar in the courts.She resides with her husband, Brian Reidy and their twin boys in the Society Hill section of Philadelphia.
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