The World Is Wide Enough
for All of Us

Serving you as president this past year has been my honor. Since joining the Texas Young Lawyers Association board in 2019, I’ve seen a lot of changes—big and small, pandemic related and not pandemic related. One constant has been TYLA’s heart for young lawyers and our mission to facilitate the administration of justice, foster respect for the law, and advance the role of the legal profession in serving the public. At the beginning of my term I set out to promote civility, and along the way, I’ve used quotes that have inspired me, including those from U.S. Supreme Court justices, Star Wars, Disney, You’ve Got Mail (my favorite movie), TYLA’s Iconic Women in Legal History, TYLA’s Attorney Wellness Hub, TYLA Past President Victor Flores, TYLA Immediate Past President Britney Harrison, and many more. I knew I would learn so much more if I kept listening and working with as many young lawyers as I could.

I am very proud of our board and the young lawyers who made each of our projects, committees, and competitions successful. This year we created so much new content and new projects that I hope you will check them out at tyla.org and find a little inspiration. Our Civility for All project created a civility website for lawyers and a civility website for educators to teach students the importance of civility through the example of great lawyers like the late U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia. We created federal evidence and depositions guides, nonprofit leadership guides, new toolkits, new podcasts, new panel interviews, new translations for voting information, curriculum about careers in government and the justice system, and new social media initiatives to bring TYLA projects to more educators and young lawyers. I’ve wanted to be a family lawyer my whole life because I am adopted. I wanted to be part of the process that grows families through our legal system. So for me, the cherry on top of this beautiful year is the adoption project that teaches children about adoption.

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ABOVE FROM LEFT: Jeanine Novosad Rispoli and husband, Stephen Rispoli; from left, TYLA Director Tracy Brown, Office Manager Michelle Palacios, and Project Coordinator Bree Trevino. BOTTOM: The TYLA Board of Directors with Texas Supreme Court Justices Debra Lehrmann, Jeff Boyd, Jane Bland, and Judge Lora Livingston of the 261st Civil District Court. Photos courtesy of Jeanine Novosad Rispoli

The true MVPs every year are TYLA Director Tracy Brown, Project Coordinator Bree Trevino, and Office Manager Michelle Palacios. TYLA Past President Victor Flores sums it up beautifully: “TYLA’s legacy of public service outreach and support of thousands of young lawyers across the state has been sustained by the unwavering heartbeat of servant leadership. For TYLA, our heart is comprised of the strength, grace, and love shared by Tracy Brown, Bree Trevino, and Michelle Palacios.” Ladies, on behalf of the 2021-2022 TYLA board, thank you for being a blessing to each of us and to this organization that we love.

When there is great conflict in the news, it can feel daunting, but I know that as a profession we have a great capacity for civility. Many of you inspired me and taught me more than I could ever say. In Hamilton the musical, there is a particularly poignant moment when Aaron Burr sings, “I should’ve known the world was wide enough for both Hamilton and me.” The world is wide enough for all of us if we take after Justice Ginsburg and Justice Scalia instead of Burr and Hamilton.

To our TYLA board and every TYLA member, thank you from the bottom of my heart for bringing your passions and perspectives to TYLA. Don’t ever hesitate to reach out to me if I can support you.

Jeanine Novosad Rispoli
2021-2022 President, Texas Young Lawyers Association

For more information on TYLA, contact them at tyla@texasbar.com or go to tyla.org.


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