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Stephen Rispoli, J.D. - Baylor University . Waco, TX, US

Stephen Rispoli, J.D. Stephen Rispoli, J.D.

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Pro Bono Programs | Baylor University

Waco, TX, UNITED STATES

Stephen Rispoli focuses on student relations, pro bono programs and access to justice issues

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Stephen Rispoli earned his political science degree from Baylor University in 2009, his J.D. from Baylor Law in 2012, and his LL.M. from the University of Texas School of Law in 2018.

Stephen worked as a District Director for former Texas State Representative Carol Kent. He describes his time working in the 81st Legislature as the experience that fostered his interest in the law. During law school, Stephen was active in student organizations, serving as the Executive President for the Student Bar Association, and Justice for the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. One of his most rewarding experiences in law school was interning for Federal Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Manske. While working for Judge Manske, Stephen learned a great deal about Federal procedure and the judicial process.

Service has always been an integral part of the law school’s mission and one to which Stephen has been dedicated since starting his career at Baylor Law. Stephen worked with Professor Bridget Fuselier on providing legal services to veterans and helped organize and expand the Veterans Clinic. The Veterans Clinic provides monthly clinics along with a dedicated estate planning clinic every year. As the Assistant Dean of Pro Bono Programs, Stephen is also actively involved in all other areas of pro bono service at Baylor Law. He strives to learn more about the access to justice gap our nation is facing, and what legal education can do to help.

Another integral part of Baylor Law’s mission is to prepare all students to be competent, ethical lawyers as soon as they cross the graduation stage and pass the bar. As Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Stephen is always seeking new ways to accomplish this mission and help law students succeed at Baylor Law. His goal is for the law school to help students develop lifelong habits that help address the stresses of the practice of law. In addition, he provides guidance and support to student organizations, working with them to achieve their goals and enhance the law school experience.

Stephen assisted Professor Jeremy Counseller in developing the St Andrews Academy of the Advocate, and continues to be involved as co-director of the program. Every summer, the Academy brings law students from around the country to St. Andrews, Scotland and immerses them in the art of trial and appellate advocacy.

Areas of Expertise (7)

Access to Justice

Community Outreach

Orientation

Pro Bono

Student Affairs

Research

Law

Accomplishments (1)

Outstanding Young Lawyer of McLennan County Award

2017

Education (2)

Baylor Law School: J.D. 2012

Baylor University: B.A., Political Science 2009

Media Appearances (8)

The New York Times Best-Selling Author and Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Join To Discuss Life and Impact of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

Media and Public Relations  online

2019-03-05

The New York Times best-selling author, historian and journalist Evan Thomas will join Judge Jennifer Walker Elrod of the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to discuss Thomas’ biography “First: Sandra Day O’Connor” on Tuesday, March 26, at Baylor Law School.

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The Storm After the Storm: Scam Contractors Who Prey on Those Suffering After a Natural Disaster

Baylor Media Communications  online

2018-09-19

Following a natural disaster or strong storm like Hurricane Florence, there is usually a second wave of potential destruction – scam artists looking to line their pockets. “After any major weather-related incident, insurance adjusters and contractors swarm the affected area and, unfortunately, some are looking to take advantage of those in distress,” said Stephen Rispoli, J.D., assistant dean of student affairs and pro bono programs at Baylor Law School. As an attorney, he works with victims of insurance scams.

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Addressing the Access-to-Justice Gap: Baylor Law School’s Legal Mapmaker Program Helps Young Lawyers Open Cost-Conscious Firms

Baylor Media Communications  

2017-08-15

“We believe in the rule of law and the people’s right to access the courts and lawyers for help,” said Stephen Rispoli, assistant dean of student affairs and pro bono programs at Baylor Law School. “Legal Mapmaker is one of the programs designed by Baylor Law School, in partnership with all other Texas law schools, to assist lawyers and law students by teaching efficient law firm management practices while addressing the access to justice gap in our country.”...

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Law school assistant dean receives lawyer award

Waco Tribune-Herald  

2017-05-04

Stephen Rispoli of Baylor Law School has been named the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Young Lawyer of McLennan County Award. The Outstanding Young Lawyer Award is presented each year by the Waco-McLennan County Young Lawyers Association to a young lawyer with qualities including, but not limited to, professional proficiency, service to the profession and service to the community. He was presented the award by U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeffrey C. Manske.

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Baylor Law School Helps Bring 41 Children into Forever Homes in Annual Adoption Day

Baylor Media Communications  

2016-12-09

“Adoption Day is a core component of Baylor Law’s commitment to creating a culture of service,” said Stephen Rispoli, assistant dean of student relations and pro bono programs. “It allows our students to experience the joy of bringing families together. We hope that the experience will inspire students to give their time to programs like this once they are licensed lawyers.”...

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Baylor Law School Will Host Free Clinic on Nov. 11 to Help Veterans Prepare Wills

Media and Public Relations  online

2016-11-07

To serve military veterans who are in need of estate planning but cannot afford legal counsel, Baylor Law School will host its annual Veterans Day Wills Clinic on Friday, Nov. 11, to provide free aid to vets and their spouses.

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Baylor Law School: ‘100 Million Americans Can’t Afford Legal Services. What Can We Do About It?’

Baylor Media Communications  

2016-09-15

“Can you afford a lawyer?” That’s the first question Stephen Rispoli, assistant dean of student affairs and pro bono programs at Baylor Law School, asks when he speaks about the access-to-justice gap – the staggering number of Americans who have basic legal needs but cannot afford the services of an attorney...

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What ‘Pro Bono’ Really Means And Why Such Work Is Important Today

Baylor Media Communications  

2016-05-19

For clients, legal work that is performed pro bono – Latin words which actually mean “for the public good” – may receive the assistance of the lawyer for free. However, it does not mean there is no cost associated with the case, said Stephen Rispoli, J.D., assistant dean of student affairs and pro bono programs at Baylor Law School...

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