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Ms. Shepard is responsible for assisting the team of attorneys on case preparation and filing with USCIS, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, and federal courts. She has specialized expertise in Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and crime victim (U Visa) cases and has extensive training regarding working with crime victims. Ms. Shepard also manages all of the firm cases filed with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
As the senior paralegal, Ms. Shepard assists in training new staff, ensuring best practices are in place, reviews pending deadlines and serves as a resource for all legal assistants.
Ms. Shepard brings sixteen years of immigration law experience to our firm. Prior to this position, she was a Board of Immigration Appeals Accredited Representative with full accreditation who represented immigrant survivors of domestic violence and other crimes before USCIS. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University where she graduated with Honors and studied Psychology, Sociology, and Spanish. She then moved to Guatemala for one year to experience immersion in another language and culture.
Ms. Shepard’s experience in the field of immigration ranges beyond the legal aspects. She has also worked extensively doing advocacy, community organizing on local and statewide levels, and training and mentoring volunteer attorneys handling VAWA cases. She is especially vocal about the effects the broken immigration system has on children.
In her free time, Ms. Shepard enjoys yoga, dancing, hiking, hot springing and doing Schutzhund training with her German Shepherd.