During his law school years, Ysmael served in the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy as note editor, and had the privilege of having his student note, The Catholic Church’s Obligation to Serve the Stranger in Defiance of State Immigration Laws, published by the Journal in the Spring of 2009. Ysmael was also a student-lawyer for the Notre Dame Legal Aid Clinic, representing indigent clients in small estate, guardianship, and other probate matters. While at Notre Dame Law School, he was also selected by his peers to serve as vice-president of the Hispanic Law Students Association and as assistant chaplain of the St. Thomas More Society. Before joining the firm, Ysmael was a judicial law clerk for Judge Randy Crane of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. While at the U.S. District Court, he provided the Court with research, assisted in the drafting of memorandums and opinions, monitored jury trials, and helped in the management of the Court’s docket. Ysmael is a member of the Federalist Society and has been named a Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star every year since 2014.