2021-2022 State Bar of Texas President 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 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’s Messages

Sylvia Borunda Firth comments on the profession, issues pertinent to practitioners, and State Bar initiatives and programs designed to assist lawyers throughout their careers.

President Borunda Firth’s Initiatives

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’s June 2021 report here.

View the task force purpose and fiscal impact analysis here.

View the task force roster here.

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Rehan Alimohammad

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Tracy Almanzán

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Lynn Bradshaw

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Jesús Castillón

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Toby Cole

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Joe Escobedo

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Punam Kaji

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Rudy Metayer

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Chris Pineda

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Mark Stromberg

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Lisa Tatum

 

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.

Past President Initiatives

Various projects and programs cultivated by State Bar presidents to provide lawyers with tools and resources to educate the public about the legal system.

Presidents' Award

The Presidents’ Award is presented at the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting each year and honors exceptional service to the public and the legal profession.

Past Presidents

State Bar members elect the president, who serves a one-year term as president-elect before taking office. Many distinguished women and men have committed countless hours of service and shared their wisdom while leading the bar.

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