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Rebecca Troth Joins Sidley Austin LLP as Pro Bono Counsel in Washington, D.C. Office

Thursday, October 05, 2006

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  • Sidley Austin LLP
  • Source: PBLO (decommissioned) > Pro Bono Law Ontario
NEW YORK, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Sidley Austin LLP announced today that Rebecca Troth has joined the firm as Pro Bono Counsel. Ms. Troth will practice in the firm's Washington, D.C. office.

Ms. Troth joins Sidley from the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, where she served for two years as Legal Director. At NLCHP, Ms. Troth designed and implemented programs to increase resources for and promote the rights of poor and homeless people. In this capacity, Ms. Troth focused on enforcing compliance with laws at the federal, state and local levels, advocating to expand legal rights of poor and homeless people and conducting outreach to groups around the country. Ms. Troth also managed the organization's housing program.

"We are privileged to have someone of Becky's stature join the firm and serve as Pro Bono Counsel," said Ronald S. Flagg, National Chair of Sidley's Pro Bono Committee. "Sidley has a strong and long-standing commitment to pro bono activities. Becky's passionate involvement in important social issues and the marshalling of legal resources to create positive change will be invaluable to the expansion of our pro bono efforts, both in D.C. and throughout the firm."

Prior to her service at the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, Ms. Troth was a professor and legal instructor at the Washington College of Law at American University. While at NLCHP, she was an adjunct instructor at the George Washington University School of Law. From 1991 to 2001, Ms. Troth served as an attorney at the United States Department of Justice. At the end of her tenure there, from June 2000 to January 2001, she was one of four legal advisors to the U.S. Attorney General.

Ms. Troth began her career as a clerk to the Honorable John H. Pratt, U.S., District Court Judge for the District of Columbia. Ms. Troth received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, cum laude, and her B.A., summa cum laude, from Macalester College.

Sidley has a long tradition of providing pro bono services and strongly encourages lawyers to devote time to pro bono legal matters, including legal assistance to the poor and to charitable, community or other organizations that serve the indigent, who would otherwise be unable to afford legal representation. In 2005, Sidley lawyers worked more than 50,000 hours on pro bono matters.

In 2004, Sidley received the Pro Bono Counsel Award from the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty in recognition of its work on behalf of homeless individuals and groups working to end homelessness. Sidley was also recently named the chair of the Lawyer's Executive Advisory Partners (LEAP), which comprises several large law firms that provide pro bono and financial support to help the Law Center's fight against homelessness. Sidley was honored as the D.C. Bar's Pro Bono Firm of the Year for 2004. For further information on Sidley's pro bono activities please visit

Sidley Austin LLP is one of the world's largest full-service law firms, with more than 1,600 lawyers practicing in 15 U.S. and international cities including Beijing, Brussels, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo. In 2005, BTI, a Boston-based consulting and research firm, named Sidley to their Client Service Hall of Fame as one of only two law firms to rank in the Client Service Top 10 for five years in a row. Sidley received the 2005 Catalyst Award in recognition of the firm's initiative to recruit, retain and advance diverse talent.

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