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Sidley's Troth Named New Pro Bono Center Executive Director

December 9, 2016

Rebecca K. TrothThe D.C. Bar has named Rebecca K. Troth as executive director of its Pro Bono Center. The Bar's Pro Bono Center works to make legal advice and representation available to low-income persons, small businesses, and community-based nonprofits in the District of Columbia. Troth will assume the position February 6, 2017, following current Executive Director Monika Kalra Varma's relocation to the West Coast.

Troth has considerable experience in legal advocacy as well as management. She has served as pro bono counsel for Sidley Austin LLP since 2006, where she supervises pro bono activities and directly supports the pro bono chair. In her current role, Troth prepares firm-wide responses to requests for proposals and pro bono surveys, in addition to leading fundraising efforts and organizing Pro Bono Week. Troth was also the legal director of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty and is well-versed on the legal needs of the District's residents. Before the National Law Center, she spent 10 years as an appellate lawyer with the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. In addition to her duties at Sidley, Troth serves on the D.C. Access to Justice Commission.

"We are pleased to have found someone with the experience needed to lead our Pro Bono Center," said D.C. Bar Chief Executive Officer Katherine A. Mazzaferri. "Ms. Troth's capabilities and passion will be vital to help serve the D.C. community and work to fill its legal needs."

"Ms. Troth's experience, especially her previous work for civil rights, ending homelessness, and reducing poverty, make her uniquely qualified for this pivotal role," added Annamaria Steward, president of the D.C. Bar. "She has a wealth of experience building partnerships and coalitions, and we are looking forward to her contributions to the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center." 

"I've known Becky for many years and I have personally seen that she is an incredibly smart, generous, and dedicated lawyer," said Amy Bess, chair of the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Committee. "Becky works diligently to ensure that people living in poverty who desperately need legal counsel are not denied that representation. I am positive that the Pro Bono Center will benefit from her experienced leadership, and I am excited to be working with her."