United States: Associate Rebecca Izzo Recognized For Pro Bono Work
Last Updated: July 1 2015

On June 10, Boston-based Associate Rebecca Izzo was recognized by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice (LCCR) for her commitment to pro bono work and public service. At LCCR's 47th annual reception, Izzo was one of 11 associates from area firms to receive the Civil Rights Pro Bono Recognition Award. In addition, Partner Lisa Pirozzolo, co-chair of the LCCR Board of Directors, presented the Outstanding Leadership and Service Award to Harvey Wolkoff of Ropes & Gray.

LCCR is a nonprofit organization that provides pro bono legal representation to victims of discrimination based on race or national origin. The organization regularly partners with Boston law firms, which fund more than half of LCCR's annual operating expenses and provide millions of dollars in pro bono legal services.

"By collaborating on cases, WilmerHale and the Lawyers' Committee are able to provide victims of discrimination with the top-notch legal services that they need and deserve," says Pirozzolo.

Along with Partner Vinita Ferrera, Special Counsel Mary Strother, Counsel Stéphanie Smith and Associate Molly Clayton, Izzo has been working on a race discrimination case on behalf of a client who was dismissed from the Boston Police Academy. The team is now preparing for a public hearing at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination in July.

"This is my first case with LCCR," says Izzo, a member of the Litigation/Controversy Department. "The firm has a history of working with the organization on discrimination cases. LCCR has a lot of expertise in that area, and working on these cases is a great way for us to make an impact."

The recent reception—which recognized Fifty Years After Selma: Achievements in Workplace Diversity and the Ongoing Battle for Voting Rights—was also an opportunity to highlight and support the leadership of associates at LCCR member firms.

"I was honored to receive this recognition," says Izzo. "It has been a privilege to work with LCCR on this matter over the past year and a half. I'm grateful for the opportunity to develop my skills as an attorney while also giving back to the community and working with an organization that is so committed to changing things for the better."

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