Director of Innovation and Scholarship, Baylor Law Executive LL.M in Litigation Management
Dean 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. Dean Rispoli serves as Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Pro Bono Programs and as the Director of Innovation and Scholarship for the school’s Executive LL.M. in Litigation Management.
As Dean Rispoli was wrapping up his time at the University of Texas School of Law and earning his Master of Laws, Professor Jim Wren and Professor Fraley were about to launch the Baylor Law Executive LL.M. in Litigation Management. They asked Dean Rispoli to join the LL.M. team and help with the research and writing aspect of the program, as well as co-teach the Applying Technology to Litigation Management course with Professor Fraley. In time, as the program developed, Dean Rispoli began also teaching Ethical Issues in Litigation Management. In furthering the goals of the LL.M. program, Dean Rispoli speaks and writes on litigation management topics, always focusing upon effective, efficient, and ethical processes to best serve lawyers’ clients and their communities.
Service has always been an integral part of the law school’s mission, and Dean Rispoli dedicates much of his time to service in the university and the community. Early in his career at Baylor Law, he worked with Professor Bridget Fuselier to create programs to provide legal services to veterans, as well as assisting her with the creation and expansion of the Baylor Law Veterans Clinic. As the Assistant Dean of Pro Bono Programs, Dean Rispoli oversees the Public Service and Pro Bono Program, which fosters pro bono service opportunities at Baylor Law. Pro bono work at Baylor provides a great learning experience for the students and much-needed legal help for the community. Dean Rispoli also has an interest in the effects of pro bono, and strives to learn more about the access to justice gap our nation faces as well as how legal education can address this gap. Dean Rispoli is also the former chair of the AALS Pro Bono Section which promotes pro bono service in the field of legal education. Dean Rispoli also hopes to shape the future of pro bono service, speaking and writing regularly on the topics of access to justice and the importance (and benefits) of lawyers giving back to the community. During Dean Rispoli’s tenure, the program has received significant state and national recognition for the Baylor Law family's pro bono efforts, and Dean Rispoli has received a few awards himself along the way.
Dean Rispoli’s wife, Jeanine, is a family lawyer who started her own law firm, Rispoli Altman Law Firm, PLLC, and is the current President of the Texas Young Lawyers Association, making him the first gentleman of TYLA. In his free time, Dean Rispoli enjoys spending time with his wife and Khaleesi (their black lab), reading, ranching, sustainable hunting, fishing, and traveling.