2020-2021 State Bar of Texas President-elect Sylvia Borunda Firth

Sylvia Borunda Firth

Sylvia Borunda Firth is a solo practitioner in El Paso. Prior to establishing her own firm, she was an associate of two local firms, general counsel to American Garment Finishers, and served the city of El Paso for nearly 20 years. During her time with the city, she was an assistant city attorney, director of intergovernmental affairs, chief of staff to the mayor, and ultimately the city attorney.

Borunda Firth was on the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors from 2014 to 2018. She is currently vice chair of the State Bar of Texas Local Bar Services Committee and serves on the council of the State Bar of Texas Government Law Section. Borunda Firth is a multiyear member of the Texas Bar College. She is the immediate past president of the Texas City Attorneys Association and serves on the El Paso Bar Association Board of Directors.

In 2017, she received the President’s Award for exemplary service to the El Paso Bar Association. She is a Texas Bar Foundation life fellow and served on the foundation’s board of trustees. Borunda Firth earned her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1984.

President-elect Borunda Firth’s Initiatives

An SBOT Focus on Diversity Listening Session

In this moderated panel discussion, held October 28, 2020, Texas lawyers and bar leaders discussed the impact of systemic racism and recent events on the legal community; the role of the State Bar of Texas, including limitations on bar activity under state law and federal court decisions; and the responsibility of lawyers as advocates and officers of the court. The session, accredited by the State Bar of Texas MCLE Department for 0.75 ethics hour, is available free for on-demand viewing here.

Task Force on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The 15-member Task Force on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion was created to study and propose actions to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the administration of justice and the practice of law.

View the task force purpose and fiscal impact analysis here.

View the task force roster here.

Justice in Leadership Workgroup

At its July 27, 2020, meeting, the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors heard from 61 speakers and accepted hundreds of letters from attorneys and members of the public on issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The board then voted to create the Justice in Leadership Workgroup, a 13-member working group of interested directors and other parties, to consider the suggestions submitted to the board.

View the work group purpose and fiscal impact analysis here.

View the work group roster here.

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