2020-2021 State Bar of Texas President-elect Sylvia Borunda Firth
Sylvia Borunda Firth is a solo practitioner in El Paso. Prior to establishing her own firm, she was an associate with two El Paso 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 formerly served as vice chair of the State Bar of Texas Local Bar Services Committee and on the Council of the State Bar of Texas Government Law Section and on the Board of Directors of the Texas Bar Foundation. She is also a multiyear member of the Texas Bar College. Borunda Firth is a past president of the Texas City Attorneys Association and served on the El Paso Bar Association Board of Directors. She 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.