Mariah Schaefer

Paralegal

A native Houstonian, Mariah Schaefer is currently employed as a Paralegal. She currently supports the Firm’s litigation cases in the Texas, Federal and Immigration courts. Prior to joining Deason Law, Ms. Schaefer developed several years of immigration law experience in the fields of deportation and removal, family-based immigration petitions and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) cases. Ms. Schaefer also has additional experience in Family Law, including Suits Affecting Parent and Child Relationships (SAPCR), Declaratory Judgments, Divorce proceedings, Adoptions, and Paternity.

Since joining Deason, Ms. Schaefer has been instrumental in assisting Firm attorneys with the preparation of EEOC Statement of Positions to defend against employee claims of discrimination, supporting Firm commercial litigation matters, assisting with the prosecution of a collective action FLSA case to recover unpaid wages and removal defense.

Representative Experience

  • Assist attorneys in removal proceedings by attending hearings, preparing bond packets, and preparing applications for relief, such as asylum applications and cancellation of removal.
  • Preparation of I-601A and I-601 waivers to support family-based immigration cases.
  • Visit detainees in detention to prepare them for Credible or Reasonable Fear interviews with Immigration Officer.
  • Preparation of Statement of Positions for submission to the EEOC to respond to charges of discrimination that have been filed against employers.
  • Support attorneys in litigation by coordinating case filings, preparing pleadings and discovery, attending mediation, and preparing motions for summary judgment and other similar motions.

Education

  • Texas State University-San Marcos. B.A. Psychology/Political Science.
  • University of Houston-Paralegal Certification.

Language Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish