2020-2021 State Bar President-elect Candidates

The State Bar of Texas Board of Directors approved the nominations of Pablo Almaguer, of Edinburg, and Sylvia Borunda Firth, of El Paso, as president-elect candidates at its meeting on September 20, 2019, in Corpus Christi. Texas lawyers will vote for the president-elect and district directors from April 1 to May 29. The winner will serve as president-elect from June 2020 to June 2021 and as president from June 2021 to June 2022. For more information, go to texasbar.com/elections.


Pablo Almaguer

AlmaguerPablo Almaguer has worked at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid since earning his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1997. He held a number of positions at TRLA before being named director of private bar and government relations in 2018.

Almaguer served on the State Bar of Texas Commission for Lawyer Discipline from 2012 to 2018, including as chair from 2017 to 2018 and vice chair from 2015 to 2017. He served on the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors from 2008 to 2012 and as board chair from 2010 to 2011, and he has been appointed to numerous State Bar committees and task forces over the years. Almaguer currently serves as a board trustee for the Texas Center for Legal Ethics.

Almaguer served on the Texas Civil Rights Project Board of Directors from 2001 to 2017 and was president from 2009 to 2017. He has been an active member of the Hidalgo County Bar Association and the Hidalgo County Bar Foundation, serving as a director from 2002 to 2009 and as president of the board from 2007 to 2008.

Sylvia Borunda Firth
El Paso

FirthSylvia 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.


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