Daniel Sepulveda, Class of 2019

sepulveda"I hope to be a father (to multiple children), a lawyer, and a force for good in my community–wherever that may be."

Tell us about yourself.

I am married to my beautiful wife, Rachel, and we are expecting our first child in November--just a month before exams!  I anticipate many late nights in my near future, either loving on our new baby or studying for my first law school exams.

I am the second oldest of four boys in my family.  I have always been very active and started playing sports before I was even old enough to do so in an official capacity.  That passion culminated in a five-year career with the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Those are fond memories, to say the least, that I cannot wait to share with my kids someday.

Why did you choose SMU Dedman School of Law?

I chose SMU Dedman School of Law for many reasons, not the least of which is its familiarity.  I went to high school just up the road at Highland Park.  My parents live just around the corner from campus.  I know a number of people who attended SMU Dedman in the past, and they speak very highly of their experience.  That was more than enough for me.

What areas of law interest you most?

I am not familiar enough with any area of the law at this point to strike it off my list, so I am currently considering a wide range of opportunities.  Sports law fits my background, so naturally it is one of the first areas that comes to mind.

When you are not in school or studying, what do you do for fun?

When I am not in school or studying I enjoy spending time with my wife and my dog, a black flat-coated retriever.  I also enjoy road cycling, and other endurance fitness sports.  This marks a significant change in my perspective.  During my football days, I considered a one-mile run an incredibly daunting task.

What do you foresee will be your most significant challenge in law school?

The most significant challenge of law school will be the investment of time required to do well.  I enjoy spending quality time with my family, and I anticipate that the demands of law school will be hard to balance at times.

Even though you have only been here a few weeks, what has been your most memorable law school moment so far?

My most memorable law school moments all involve personal interactions with my fellow students.  I am excited about the prospect of getting to know my peers, some of whom are ten years my junior.  The opportunity to be a positive influence on those with whom I share life is life-giving.

Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?

Currently, I am a husband to my wife, a son to my parents, and a former football player.  In ten years, I hope to be a father (to multiple children), a lawyer, and a force for good in my community--wherever that may be.