by Charlie Gearing
Pamela Sieja’s peerless concern for the less fortunate and her invaluable contributions to DAYL make her this month’s One To Watch. Pamela, a Fort Worth native, attended Austin College in Sherman and acquired her law degree from Baylor Law School in Waco. During law school, she served as an intern for the Honorable Martin Hoffman in Dallas and the Honorable Bonnie Sudderth in Fort Worth while joining the Order of the Barristers and winning numerous awards, including the Hewitt Award for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy, the Matthew C. Cordon Excellence in Legal Research Award, and a Top Ten Speaker award at the Strasburger & Price Moot Court Competition. These internships and accomplishments, combined with the rigorous litigation curriculum at Baylor, predictably spurred her interest in litigation. Her family, however, caused her to practice medical malpractice defense. With multiple family members in the health care profession, Pamela has a deep respect for nurses, physicians, and other health care providers. She has enjoyed defending medical professionals in the course of her practice with Burford & Ryburn, L.L.P. in Dallas.
When she is not working tirelessly for her clients, Pamela is intricately involved in DAYL and in the community, committing herself to remediating homelessness, alleviating poverty, and helping children. Pamela serves as a co-chair for DAYL’s Aid to the Homeless committee, where she has organized countless projects to help our city’s homeless. Pamela has helmed the committee’s Community Court project since 2013, arranging for several judges and volunteers to help adjudicate hundreds of tickets handed to individuals by DART police. Pamela has also arranged for DAYL members to volunteer with Dwell with Dignity, a local organization that designs and constructs home furnishings for families in transitional housing. Further, Pamela led an effort among DAYL members in 2014 to assist Rainbow Days with their annual Easter Eggstravaganza, an event intended to brighten the holiday for homeless families and children.
Pamela currently resides in Oak Cliff and is an active member of the Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce. She is also a member of the 2013 DAYL Leadership Class and a member of Attorneys Serving the Community. When Pamela is not assisting her clients, DAYL members, or our community’s less fortunate, she find time for the occasional jog or yoga class. Pamela’s impressive resume, current contributions, and prospects for even greater community and bar leadership make her this month’s One to Watch.