Sylvia F. James
Sylvia F. James is the Diversity Counsel for the law firm of Baker Botts L.L.P. As Diversity Counsel, Ms James’ works closely with the Diversity Committee to develop and implement the Firm’s diversity initiatives; strategizes and advises the Firm with respect to diversity initiatives; monitors and analyzes the Firm’s trends in recruitment, development, and retention of women and minorities; works closely with the Firm’s affinity groups; serves as liaison with clients and external organizations dedicated to fostering diversity in the legal profession; conducts diversity training; advises on internal and external communications relating to diversity; and manages the Firm’s Supplier Diversity Program.
Prior to joining Baker Botts, Ms. James was Senior Counsel at the law firm of Holland & Knight in Washington, D.C., specializing in corporate diversity counseling and labor and employment law. In that role, she conducted diversity compliance reviews for various government agencies and Fortune 500 companies to determine legal vulnerability to employment discrimination threats and litigation and to assess and ensure compliance with state and federal employment laws. Before joining Holland & Knight, she was an associate at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld. She earned her law degree from the Duke University School of Law and a bachelor of arts in political science from Vassar College.