Kristi L. Schoepfer, Law ’01
High stakes. Complex rules. Intense competition on the field — and in the courts. It’s no surprise that sports law attracts a lot of legal talent. Just ask Kristi Schoepfer. She joined the sports law team early in her Marquette career, then added her own twist to the game.
“Teaching is my passion,” Kristi says. “I haven’t practiced law a day in my life.”
Kristi spends her days in the classroom, not the courtroom. It’s a nontraditional career path for a lawyer, but following it has enabled her to become an effective sports law advocate.
As assistant professor and director of the Sport Management program at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., Kristi oversees the institution’s sports law curriculum. She teaches undergraduates and graduates, designing practical learning experiences so students learn the intricacies of the regulation and governance of sport at the amateur and professional levels.
“Being able to educate and affect students on a daily basis is by far the most rewarding career I could have chosen,” she says. “There is no place I would rather be than my classroom.”
Kristi does plenty outside the classroom, as well, publishing articles, delivering national and regional presentations, and serving on several of her specialty’s distinguished boards and associations.
For her success, she owes a debt to Marquette’s Paul Anderson, associate director of the National Sports Law Institute and adjunct professor of law.
“Paul encouraged me,” Kristi says. “Had it not been for his support, I may not have tried to fulfill my goals at such an early age.”