Sylvia Torres-Guillén Honored as the 2016 Public Lawyer of the Year
By Scott Dickey*
The Public Law Section named Sylvia Torres-Guillén, Special Counsel to the Office of the Governor, as the 2016 Ronald M. George Public Lawyer of the Year.
Torres-Guillén was honored at a reception in September at the State Bar’s Annual Meeting in San Diego. The Public Lawyer of the Year Award recognized Torres-Guillén as an exceptional attorney who has dedicated a significant portion of her career to public service.
"Sylvia Torres-Guillén is an exemplary public lawyer and wholly deserving of this award," said Elizabeth G. Pianca, in presenting the award as Section Chair. "Throughout her career, Ms. Torres-Guillén has served the public, both as a lawyer and educator, mentoring young lawyers for careers in public service. From her early days of coaching criminal defense attorneys in trial techniques to her dedication to the protection of farm worker rights, Ms. Torres-Guillén embodies the mission of the Public Law section of the State Bar. The Executive Committee is proud to honor her with the 2016 Public Lawyer of the Year Award."