J.D., University of Texas School of Law, with honors, 2003
M.A. in Latin American Studies, University of Texas, 2003
B.A., University of Wisconsin, with distinction, 1996
License to Practice
Specialties and Courses
Before joining the St. Mary's Law faculty, Schommer practiced immigration law on the U.S./Mexico border from 2003 to 2010 with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. (TRLA) where she was the managing attorney for TRLA’s anti-human trafficking team and the director of the Legal Orientation Program at the Willacy Detention Center in Raymondville, Texas. From 2010 to 2015, Erica worked in private practice at Rios & Cruz, P.S. in Washington State where she managed the Tacoma office and focused on removal defense and federal court litigation on behalf of individuals detained at the Northwest Detention Center. Schommer has a background in international human rights and has worked on various human rights issues in Mexico, Guatemala and Costa Rica.
From 2012 to 2015, Schommer was appointed to serve on the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration and was the co-chair of the Commission’s Mental Health Advisory Group. Schommer has done pro bono work with both Volunteer Advocates for Immigrant Justice (VAIJ) and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.
Schommer is licensed by the State Bar of Texas and is admitted to practice before the Fifth and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals.
Speaker, “Mental Health and Immigration Law,” Vera Institute of Justice, National Qualified Legal Representative On-Site Training Program, Los Angeles, CA, July 2014
Speaker, “Overview of Removal Proceedings,” Washington State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, Immigration Fundamentals for Attorneys, Seattle, WA, January 2014
Speaker, “Advanced VAWA Issues,” AILA Texas Chapter Spring Conference, South Padre Island, TX, April 2013
Speaker, “Bond, Mandatory Detention, and Introduction to Habeas Corpus,” AILA Northwest Regional Immigration Law Conference, Seattle, WA, March 2013
Speaker, “Removal Proceedings in Immigration Court – Model Hearing Program,” Volunteer Advocates for Immigration Justice (VAIJ), Tacoma, WA, July 2012
Speaker, “Detention Issues and Secure Communities,” AILA Northwest Regional Immigration Law Conference, Seattle, WA, March 2012
Speaker, “Immigration Remedies for Vulnerable Populations: U and T visas,” Texas RioGrande Legal Aid and South Texas Pro Bono Representation Project Pro Bono Training, Harlingen, TX, February 2010
Speaker, “Adjusting Status for Those Who Have Not Been Inspected or Admitted: T, U, and VAWA Alternatives, Updates, and Changes,” University of Texas School of Law, Continuing Legal Education, 33rd Annual Immigration and Nationality Law Conference, San Antonio, TX, October 2009
Speaker, “Human Trafficking 101: How to Identify and Serve Human Trafficking Victims,” Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, Rooting Ourselves in Social Justice, Austin, TX, March 2009
Speaker, “Practice Issues and Immigration Options for Vulnerable Populations,” University of Texas School of Law, Continuing Legal Education, 32nd Annual Immigration and Nationality Law Conference, San Antonio, TX, October 2008