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Michael W. Schoenleber
Michael W. Schoenleber

California Board of Legal Specialization
Mr. Schoenleber became an attorney in 1980 soon after obtaining his law degree, J.D., from the UCLA School of Law. He first worked as a staff attorney with California Rural Legal Assistance in Delano, CA, then for a short time as a Deputy District Attorney in Yolo County. He has been practicing primarily in the area of immigration and nationality law since 1983. He has been certified as a specialist in immigration and nationality law by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California continuously since 1989. Furthermore, he served a full term on the Immigration and Nationality Law Advisory Commission of the Board of Legal Specialization from 1998-2001. He has been honored by his colleagues as a “Northern California Super Lawyer” in the immigration law category each year since 2005.

He was the principal attorney for the immigrant in two published federal court decisions: Singh v. INS, 94 F.3d 1353 (9th Cir 1996)(Fijian asylum); and Vang v. INS, 146 F.3d 1114 (9th Cir. 1998)(Hmong asylum). Earlier in his legal career he co-authored a law review article in the environmental field. See M. Steinberg and M. Schoenleber, Riparian Rights to Salinity Control, 19 PACIFIC LAW JOURNAL 1143-1164 (1988).

Between college and law school he spent several years working in agriculture, first on a cattle breeding ranch in San Diego, then as a packing foreman in a large Valencia orange packing house in Irvine, CA. He received his B.A. from Stanford University in Anthropology in June 1972. As part of that university program he spent six months living and studying in Mexico City. He wrote a case study on the history of the Mexican agrarian reform program. He is fluent in Spanish and enjoys traveling, reading, skiing, walking, bodysurfing, and bridge.
Mary M. Waltermire
Mary M. Waltermire

California Board of Legal Specialization
Ms. Waltermire was an Associate Attorney in this office for more than five years before becoming a partner in 2002. She received her J.D. from King Hall, UC Davis School of Law in 1995. She received BAs in International Relations and History from UC Santa Barbara in 1984. She has been certified as a specialist in immigration and nationality law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization since 2003. Ms. Waltermire served from 2009 to 2012 on the Immigration and Nationality Law Advisory Commission of the California Board of Legal Specialization and was the Commission's chair from 2012-2013. She has been honored by her colleagues by being designated as a “Northern California Super Lawyer” in immigration law each year since 2009.

Before joining the firm, Ms. Waltermire served as a law clerk to Judge Harry Pregerson of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Before attending law school, she worked several years for a non-profit international refugee assistance agency in the capacities of caseworker, office director, and deputy regional director. Ms. Waltermire also worked as a supervising attorney at UC Davis School of Law�s Immigration Law Clinic in 2001. She has served on the Clinic's Alumni Council since 2007. Among her other community activities, she served for more than ten years on the Board of Directors of the Southeast Asian Assistance Center (SAAC), a local non-profit assisting refugees. She authored a law review article on regulatory changes to the U.S. asylum system. See Mary M. Waltermire, An Analysis of the Clinton Administration's Proposed Asylum Reform Regulations, 1 U.C. Davis J. Int'l L. & Pol'y 1 (1995).

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Trevor Woolf

Mr. Woolf is an Associate Attorney with our firm. He received his law degree (Juris Doctor, J.D.) from Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 2015 and his bachelor's degree in International Security and Conflict Resolution with a minor in Arabic and Islamic Studies from San Diego State University in 2012.  During law school, Mr. Woolf worked for the ACLU of Indiana, the Open Society Justice Initiative, the Lawrence County Public Defender Agency, and the San Diego Immigration Court.

Before joining Schoenleber and Waltermire in 2016, Mr. Woolf worked as a contract attorney for the American Bar Association's Immigration Justice Project, where he represented mentally incompetent asylum seekers.  In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, hiking, and throwing the Frisbee.  He speaks Spanish.

Jennifer Martin
Jennifer Martin

Ms. Martin is a law clerk with our firm. She received her law degree (Juris Doctor, J.D.) from McGeorge School of Law with a business law concentration in 2016. She obtained her bachelor's degree (B.A.) from UC Davis with a major in political science and minor in economics in 2012. During law school, Ms. Martin worked at McGeorge School of Law's Immigration Clinic as well as private firms specializing in immigration, family, probate, and employment law. She is a native Spanish speaker and enjoys spending time with family, volunteering, and movies

Ana Maria Mejia
Ana Maria Mejia
Ms. Mejia works as a Senior Legal Assistant. She was an attorney at law in Colombia. She received her law degree in 1988 from The University of San Buenaventura in Colombia. As an attorney for more than twelve years, Ms. Mej�a worked in General Corporate Law, Trademark and Health Registration issues. Ana Maria's native language is Spanish and she attended a bilingual French high school in Colombia. She immigrated to the United States in 1999. Since her arrival she has worked in the immigration law field.
Ana Rosa Salas
Ana Rosa Salas
Ms. Salas works as a Senior Legal Assistant. She was an attorney in Mexico. She received her law degree in 1995 from the Autonomous University in Guadalajara. As an attorney for three years in Mexico, Ms. Salas worked in General Corporate Law, Business, Civil, Labor, and Family issues. She also was a law teacher at the �Unico� College in Guadalajara, Mexico. She worked for almost two years at the Consulate General of Mexico in Sacramento, California as an Assistant in the Protection and Documentation Department. She immigrated to the United States in 1999.
Maria de Jesus Serrano
Maria de Jesus Serrano
Ms. Serrano works as a Senior Legal Assistant. She was an executive secretary in Mexico. She received her diploma as a Secretary and Private Bookkeeper in 1979. Ms. Serrano worked for many years for the International Bank in Mexico. She also worked for the State of Durango, Mexico. She and her family immigrated to the United States in 1999. Maria enjoys playing volleyball and bowling in her spare time. She is married and has three sons.
   


Jessica Carranza

Ms. Carranza works as a Legal Assistant. She received her B.A. in Political Science with a Minor in English from UC Davis in 2014. She is an alumna of Phi Alpha Delta, a Pre-Law National Organization, in which she helped coordinate and host legal panels as well as professional events for UC Davis students interested in pursuing a legal career. Prior to working full-time at our firm, she worked at the Woodland High School Learning Center for three years, where she mentored and motivated youth to succeed academically and to pursue higher education. Her ultimate professional goal is to study law and become an attorney. She is fluent in Spanish. In her free time, she enjoys singing, watching movies, and going on road trips.

 


 
 
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