My name is Cynthia Marie Chapa and I am the daughter of Adolfo and Maria D. Chapa. I have one older sister that I spent my childhood looking up to.
Our father was a blue collared worker for most of our childhood, he became a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, later attained his educational certification and became a High School Principal. He retired after 17 years in education as a Junior High Principal. Our mother worked for Levi’s Strauss and then put in over 30 years as a home health provider for the elderly. Our parents provided my sister and I with a humble home filled with love. They instilled in their two daughters the importance of family, religion, service, community, and hard work. They stressed equality and the idea that hard work and a commitment to education would open the world up for us.
Our father taught us that we could be anything we wanted. He exposed us to a diversified cultures through his eclectic taste in music and literature. As children they took us to the library every weekend to get books for the week. We often read to gather and the. discussed as a family the books we read. Our parents were extremely involved in our schooling. They emphasized the importance of having an education and the many opportunities an education could provide us. They believed in the golden rule “treat others as you would want to be treated”. Our home was a welcoming platform for anyone at any time. Their life lessons absolutely molded who I am today.
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While attending St. Mary’s University had the opportunity to work in accounts receivable and Residence Life where I was responsible for the accounts payable for all the residents halls. During this time I begin working at City Council for District 3 as an aide to the Councilwomen assisting constituents with concerns and attending neighborhood meetings.
In 2003 I was hired as the District Director for State Represented Joaquin Castro. I remained with the state for 14 years. During that time I worked on state issues, helping parents collect child support from absent parents; attended neighborhood meetings , worked one on one with individual concerns varying from worker’s compensation, SAHA, to organizing book drives to raise thousands of books for local schools, arranging clothing drives to benefit the San Antonio Children’s Shelter, SAM Shelter and various other shelter’s across San Antonio; and helping neighbors come together to have a voice in local and state government. I also had the opportunity to draft and pass legislation for families. To include helping pass legislation that created the Ombudsman for the Department Family and Protective Services. I continued as Representative Justin Rodriguez District Director when Joaquin Castro was elected US Congressman.
From May 2007 to December 2011, after passing the Bar, I opened a law practice with a law school classmate. In 2011, I left the partnership to start my solo practice. I have always had a general practice primarily focused on Family. The other areas of practice are Criminal, Personal Injury, Real Estate, Business law, civil litigation and Probate law.
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Cynthia Marie Chapa graduated Cum Laude from St. Mary’s University in 2002 with a B.A. in Political Science.
While attending school, Cynthia was a member of Student Council, active in both a social sorority and philanthropic fraternity as well as a national scholastic honor society as well as several other organizations such as the College Democrats. She received the St. Mary’s Presidential Award in 2002 for exemplifying leadership ideals in both scholarship and service to the community.
After graduating, Cynthia took a year off to help Joaquin Castro in his campaign for Texas State Representative in District 125. Cynthia worked with him and attended St. Mary’s University’s School of Law where in 2006 she obtained her Juris Doctorate degree.
She earned a pro-boo certificate for clinical work at the Center for Legal and Social Justice Center while doing a clinical in Immigration handling VAWA cases. As a Student Attorney, she represented clients before the Immigration Court and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service. She received the Leos Award for Excellence in Clinical Work in 2006.
Cynthia Chapa was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 2007.
POL. AD. Paid for by Cynthia Marie Chapa for 288 Judicial District Court, Linda Hardberger, Treasurer