2020-2021 TYLA President-elect Candidates
The Texas Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors approved the nominations of Donald Delgado, of College Station, and Jeanine Novosad Rispoli, of Waco, as 2020-2021 president-elect candidates. This year, nominees for president-elect are from nonmetropolitan counties. Biographies of the candidates are featured here. Interviews with the two candidates will be included in the April issue. Votes for TYLA president-elect and district directors can be cast via paper ballot or by voting online from April 1-30. On April 1, attorneys eligible to vote will be mailed an election packet, including a paper ballot and campaign brochures. Attorneys may either submit their paper ballot via mail or vote online using the information provided. The deadline to cast ballots is 5 p.m. CDT on April 30.
Donald Delgado is vice president of
the Texas Young Lawyers Association and, since 2016, has contributed and
led several initiatives to assist young attorneys in the practice of law
and to provide public legal education services to Texans. For his
service to young lawyers and the public, Delgado received TYLA’s
President’s Award of Merit and the Keith L. Krueger Leadership Award.
Some of the most recent TYLA projects that Delgado has led and helped implement include Proud to Be an American, Junior Judges, a Job Interview Guide for new attorneys, and the implementation of attorney wellness initiatives.
Delgado is a Texas Bar Foundation fellow and nominating chair and is secretary of the Brazos County Bar Association. Outside of his bar service, he is on the board of OnRamp and volunteers with the Texas Chapter of the Pediatric Congenital Heart Association.
Delgado is a partner in West, Webb, Allbritton & Gentry where he represents both plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial litigation, construction litigation, and significant personal injury litigation.
Delgado earned his B.A. from Texas A&M University and his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. He is married to Elizabeth Delgado and they have three children under 3 years old, Olivia, Elena, and Lucas.
Jeanine Novosad Rispoli
Jeanine Novosad Rispoli was inspired
to be a lawyer from an early age after learning of her adoption. Adopted
in San Antonio and raised in Houston and Sugar Land, she graduated from
Baylor University and Baylor Law School before returning to Houston to
practice. Rispoli moved back to Waco to join a large firm. Her passion
for helping families led to opening Rispoli Law Firm in 2018. Rispoli’s
goal is to help families build a better future, paying back the help her
adoptive and biological families received. She enjoys volunteering
through the Baylor Law Veterans Clinic and pro bono adoptions.
Rispoli is the TYLA District 9 director and McLennan County Young Lawyers Association president-elect. She co-chaired the TYLA project Texas Courts for Texas Veterans, facilitated partnerships with the Texas Access to Justice Foundation and Baylor Law School to complete TCTV’s videos without any budget, and served on the Local Affiliates and Attorney Wellness committees. She is a State Bar of Texas Local Bar Services Committee member, Junior League of Waco secretary, Texas Bar Foundation fellow, LeadershipSBOT graduate, and frequent mock trial judge. Rispoli speaks regularly on panels to law students and young lawyers and mentors law and pre-law students.
She and her husband, Stephen, enjoy time outdoors with their Labrador, Khaleesi.
2020-2021 TYLA Executive Committee Election
At the January meeting of the Texas Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors, the following members were approved to run for the specified offices. A ballot was provided to all TYLA directors, and the winner of each race is listed first in each office below.
Sara Anne Giddings is a solo practitioner in San Angelo, where she practices tax, estate planning, probate, and business law. She joined the TYLA board in 2015 as the District 15 director and currently serves as TYLA treasurer. Giddings has spearheaded and contributed to numerous TYLA projects, including Teach Safe. Learn Safe. Be Safe., I was the first. You can be a lawyer too!, Breaking the Silence—A Path to Mental Health, Proud to be an American, Not a Victim, the Shero podcast, Cyclists Be Careful, the Guardianship Guide, Permanent Kinship Placement, and How to Get Involved in Nonprofit Boards. Giddings received the Legacy of Service Award in 2018, the Joseph M. Pritchard Inn Outstanding Director Award in 2017, and the Outstanding First Year Director Award in 2016 for her service to TYLA.
Tim Newman is a litigation partner in Haynes and Boone, where he defends clients under government investigation and co-founded the firm’s cybersecurity group. Before joining Haynes and Boone, Newman clerked for a federal judge in the Southern District of Texas. He has served four years on the TYLA board, leading the development of TYLA’s Young Gunners podcast and receiving the Outstanding First Year Director Award, Outstanding Director Award, and President’s Award. He also serves on the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Board and the Capital for Kids CONNECT Board. Newman and his wife, Leslie, live in Dallas with their toddler, Danny, and dog, Mia.
Michael J. Ritter
Michael J. Ritter is a staff attorney at the court of appeals in San Antonio, where he lives with his husband, Dilshan, and two puppies, Lolo and Ponchito. Ritter is certified in civil appellate law and criminal appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He currently serves as TYLA’s secretary and on TYLA’s Competitions & Law Focused Education committees. He also serves as chair of the San Antonio Bar Association LGBT Law Section and as an at-large councilmember of the State Bar of Texas LGBT Law Section. Ritter is also a Texas Bar Foundation sustaining life fellow.
Josué Galván is an attorney in the trial and appellate litigation group of Jackson Walker’s San Antonio office. He has a variety of state and federal court experience in a range of litigation matters, including business and property disputes and personal injury defense. Galván is a first-year TYLA director and represents District 18. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas Diversity in the Profession Committee and a graduate of LeadershipSBOT. Galván has contributed to various TYLA initiatives, including the Educator’s Toolkit and the Job Interview Guide. Before becoming an attorney, he taught seventh grade science. Galván resides in San Antonio with his wife, Yvette, and their three pets.
Lauren Renee Sepulveda
Lauren Renee Sepulveda is the first trial chair prosecutor in the 430th District Court for the Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney’s Office. She currently serves as TYLA’s District 13 director, a member of the State Bar of Texas Criminal Justice Section Council and the Texas District & County Attorneys Association Training Committee, and president of the Hidalgo County Young Lawyers Association. This year, Sepulveda has served as project lead on the Paper Chase Writing Competition and the Lawyers Passport for Basic Immigration Law. Sepulveda regularly presents at CLEs to Texas prosecutors regarding punishment and immigration. Sepulveda was a member of the LeadershipSBOT Class of 2016-2017 and received the State Bar of Texas Government Law Section Rising Advocate Award in 2017.
Rebecca Patterson Linehan is an assistant district attorney and trial team chief for the Midland County District Attorney’s Office. She serves as TYLA’s District 17 director, is currently co-chair of the TYLA Attorney Wellness Committee, and chair of the Texas Court for Texas Veterans Committee. Linehan has contributed to numerous TYLA projects, including the Criminal Enhancements CLE webinar that was ultimately filmed and distributed by the State Bar of Texas. She was a recipient of the President’s Award of Merit in 2018 and 2019. Before Linehan’s membership on the TYLA board, she served on the board of the Midland County Young Lawyers Association for four years. Linehan and her husband, Russell, have one son, Flynn.
Ashley Hymel is a solo practitioner in Houston, serving small businesses in their formation and other small business matters. She represents District 6, Place 4 on the TYLA Board of Directors, where she co-chairs the National Trial Competition and the Public Service in the Community committees to execute projects such as The Musicians Guide to Knowing Your Rights and suicide prevention materials. Before serving TYLA, Hymel served the National Trial Competition for five years and, since joining the board, has contributed to projects including The Choice, Proud to be an American, the State Moot Court Competition, the Paper Chase Writing Competition, and Your Voice, Now! She received the TYLA President’s Award of Merit in 2018 and the award for Outstanding First Year Director in 2019.
Reginald Wilson is an associate in Norton Rose Fulbright’s Public Law Practice Group and acts as bond counsel, disclosure counsel, and underwriter’s counsel in a variety of transactions involving municipal governments, independent school districts, health care systems, universities, and nonprofit organizations. He has been recognized by the Who’s Who in Black Houston publication, and he received the Millennial Trailblazer award for community service during the NAACP Houston Branch’s 100th year fundraising dinner. Wilson is co-founder of A Great Cause, a nonprofit that awards scholarships to 3L students sitting for the bar. He currently serves as TYLA’s co-chair for the Law Focused Education Committee and on the Diversity Committee. Wilson and his wife live in Houston.