Selena N. Solis, a Texas native, adopted El Paso as her home in October 2003 when she became an Assistant Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Texas. In this capacity, she provides legal defense representation in federal criminal cases and other covered matters to individuals financially unable to obtain adequate legal representation. Selena received her undergraduate degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She earned her Juris Doctorate from American University, Washington College of Law. Her legal career has always been in public interest law, advocating on behalf of low wage workers, victims of employment discrimination, and low-income immigrants accused of violating federal law. Before joining the Federal Public Defender family, she was a federal civil rights attorney for Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, Inc., the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
Selena’s past and present community service and board appointments includes: Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest (May 2012-present); Chair, El Paso County Civil Service Commission (June 2012 to present); Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid., Inc. (March 2011 to present); El Paso Museum of Art Advisory Board (2005-2010); IMPACT - Programs of Excellence (2004-2006); Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center (2003-2005); Equal Justice Center (2003-2010).
Her leadership and professional awards include: Leadership Texas, Class of 2012; Leadership El Paso, Class 33 of 2011; El Paso Region Richard Florida Creative Cities Leadership Project, Aug. 2006-Sept. 2007; El Paso Bar Association’s Outstanding Federal Attorney, 2007-2008; House Resolution No. 3020, passed by the full Texas House of Representatives, legislative session ending May 2009.
Apart from her career and community service, Selena is supported by her husband and 6 year old daughter.