Michael J. P. Schewe, Esq.
Based in Newark, New Jersey, Michael J. P. Schewe, attorney at law, is a former Presidential and Elizabeth M. Defeis Scholar at Seton Hall University School of Law. Since and before graduating, Mr. Schewe had been working with The Law Offices of Cindy Ramjattan-Paul, P.C., in Belleville, New Jersey.
As the founding attorney and chief operating officer of ScheweLaw, LLC, Mr. Schewe's practice centers on immigration, employment, and family law issues, including divorce law, as well as processing criminal expungements. His dedication to the practice of law can best be described as a "problem solver," memorialized in ScheweLaw's firm motto. Whether you are experiencing the difficult situation of deportation, problems with your employment, divorce, or inability to obtain employment because of a criminal record, Mr. Schewe will work tireless and zealously to achieve a favorable solution. Indeed, Mr. Schewe's prior experiences support that dedication.
While still in law school, Mr. Schewe gained valuable litigation experience as a law clerk for The Honorable F. Michael Giles in the Civil Division at the Historic Courthouse in Newark, New Jersey.
His interest in employment law arose the summer he interned for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) headquarters in Washington, D.C., at the Office of Federal Operations, Appellate Review Board. There he helped draft decisions on appeal from Administrative Law judges regarding all various forms of employment law. He followed up this employment law training with an internship with the Office of County Counsel in Essex County, New Jersey. There he assisted the staff attorneys of the Labor and Employment Division, among others.
In his summer before his last year of law school, Mr. Schewe interned with the New York City plaintiff-side employment law firm Schwartz & Perry, LLP in New York, New York. There, he was able to fine tune his employment law skills from the standpoint of a law firm advocating for plaintiffs who had been discriminated against. Through this internship, Mr. Schewe was able to observe and participate in every stage of the civil pretrial process - from initial client intake to settlement negotiations.
Through his legal experience, Mr. Schewe has been exposed to all aspects of employment discrimination law, including age, race, gender, national origin, religious, pregnancy, and disability discrimination, as well as sexual harassment and contract claims.
During law school and after, Mr. Schewe worked as one of two attorneys at the Law Offices of Cindy Ramjattan-Paul, P.C. There he was exposed to all forms of immigration law and family law. He has appeared at immigration courts in New York City, Boston, Philadelphia and Newark, as well as various state and federal courts in New York and New Jersey.
In addition to his interest in the types of law he practices, Mr. Schewe has been a constant advocate for the less fortunate. Even during the challenging first year of law school, Mr. Schewe found over eighty hours of time to commit to the public interest. In his first year, he worked with the Urban Revitalization Project through Seton Hall's Center for Social Justice. In his second year, he assisted low-income taxpayers with filing their taxes through the Volunteer Income Tax Program (VITA). And, finally, in his third year, Mr. Schewe was a law clerk for Newark Reentry Legal Services (ReLeSe), a project of the Volunteer Lawyers for Justice. He remains committed to the public interest and to the American Bar Association and New Jersey State Bar Association's initiatives to increase pro bono work among attorneys.
- New York State Bar Association: The Modern-Day Mobile Lawyer's Manifesto Or: How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love Being Paperless
- J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law
- Public Interest Network
- B.A. Philosophy, B.A. Political Science, Marist College, magna cum laude
- Baccalaureate Award Winner for General Excellence in Philosophy
- Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society
- Honorary Degree, Peking University, Beijing, China
- State of New York
- State of New Jersey
- U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
- New Jersey State Bar Association
- New York State Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Essex County Bar Association
- Member, Young Lawyer's Division
- American Immigration Lawyers Association