Evan Rios, Class of 2021

1. Tell us about yourself.
I grew up in the DFW Metroplex. After spending two years at North Central Texas College, I transferred to the University of Texas at Dallas, where I majored in Historical Studies. After receiving my undergraduate degree, my wife and I moved to Jackson, Mississippi, where I taught middle school language arts for three years.

2. Why did you decide to come to SMU Law?
Once I realized I was interested in practicing law, I knew I'd want to do so in Dallas. SMU has a firm grip on the city's legal market, so naturally, I was interested in attending Dedman Law. That SMU gave me a generous scholarship only made my decision easier!

3. What has been your favorite class and why?
My favorite class has been the Federal Judicial Externship that I participated in last spring. I couldn't have asked for a better in-chambers experience than I received with Judge Ramirez. How many law students get to take a peek behind the curtain at the inner-workings of a federal court (and for class credit, no less)? Such a unique opportunity!

4. When you are not in school or studying, what do you do for fun?
When I'm not busy with my coursework or law review, I enjoy cooking with my wife, watching movies, and ferociously cheering on the Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Mavericks.

5. What extracurricular activities have you enjoyed most and why? (SBA, moot court, etc.)
I am fortunate to have been involved in a lot of extracurricular activities thus far in law school. I've immensely enjoyed moot court, where I was part of a team that competed in Chicago. I also enjoyed serving my community as the President of the Hispanic Law Student Association. Finally, it's been an honor to serve as the SMU Law Review Association's President. Each of these activities has allowed me to develop close friendships with some of the best and brightest people one could ever hope to meet.

6. How has law school challenged you most?
Law school has challenged me to think, write, and speak more clearly. I've learned the value of making a point and presenting it in the clearest manner possible.

7. What has been your most memorable law school moment so far?
The most memorable moment for me was finishing fall semester final exams 1L. I'll always remember spending time with my friends after the exams were over and finally getting to reflect on a long and challenging semester.

8. What do you plan to do post-graduation?
I am honored to have the opportunity to clerk for Chief Justice Hecht on the Supreme Court of Texas and then for Judge Cory Wilson on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Beyond those extraordinary opportunities, I hope to become an appellate litigator.

9. Have you had any important mentors during law school? If so, who?
Professors Dureus and Mayo have been somewhat of a lifeline to me in law school. I know that I can always count on them for words of wisdom and encouragement anytime an issue arises. I'm so grateful for their guidance.

10. Where do you see yourself in 5 and 10 years?

In ten years, I would like to be doing interesting work with even more interesting people.