After practicing law for four (4) years, Amanda decided to start a real estate practice. She maintains her law license, but Amanda wanted to spend more time with her family while continuing to serve the community she now calls home.
Amanda’s legal and educational background evidence an unparalleled work ethic, attention to detail, and strong negotiating skills. Amanda’s legal training has prepared her to spot issues before they become a problem and to resolve conflicts in a calm and professional manner. Plus, as a billable hour veteran and a working parent, Amanda prides herself on the efficient use of both her and her clients’ time and is dedicated to easing the burden on working parents and professionals throughout the buying and selling process.
Amanda was born and raised in Belfair, Washington, a small, rural town on the Puget Sound. Amanda then moved to South Bend, Indiana, where she attended the University of Notre Dame on a full academic scholarship. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science in 2013. During her junior year, Amanda had the privilege of studying abroad at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.
In 2016, Amanda graduated first in her class from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, where she received a full academic scholarship. She was a member of the Order of Barristers and a William L. Crowe, Sr. Scholar. While at Loyola, Amanda served as a teaching assistant, a Loyola Law Review Articles Editor, and an editorial staff member of the Loyola Moot Court. She was also a member of the Willem C. Vis Moot International Arbitration Team for two (2) years, which competed annually in Vienna, Austria and took first place in the 2016 Guadalajara, Mexico pre-moot competition.
Upon graduation from law school, Amanda served as a judicial law clerk to Senior District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle in the Eastern District of Louisiana. After her term clerkship ended, Amanda practiced environmental law with the New Orleans law firm of King & Jurgens, LLC. She represented Fortune 500 clients in toxic tort and oil and chemical contamination and exposure litigation throughout the State of Louisiana. She was a member of The Center for American and International Law’s Institute for Energy Law’s Leadership Class, the Women’s Energy Network, and the Association for Women Attorneys.
During her first year of law school, Amanda met her husband, Mitchell Schoolmeyer. Mitchell is a Metairie native and is the Regional Property Manager with Gardner, Realtors. Amanda and Mitchell have one child, a beautiful boy named Liam.
Amanda’s background, work ethic, intelligence, and disposition are what you want in your real estate agent.
* Even though attorneys and real estate licensees both owe fiduciary duties to their clients, they may have conflicting ethical obligations. For this reason, Amanda Renae James does not establish an attorney-client relationship with her real estate clients and advises her real estate clients to seek outside legal counsel for any legal questions that may arise during the real estate transaction.