We provide training & mentoring
​​​​​​​to our volunteer attorneys

Upcoming training sessions

Conversations on the Edge: Immigration

PAIR Staff Attorney Elena Noureddine participates in a panel discussion at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. This panel explore issues affecting immigrants in the United States today, including current and potential protective policies for immigrants and refugees, immigration reform, paths to citizenship, and how local organizations can empower immigrants to participate in their local communities and civic life. Register here.

WHEN:
Thursday, January 18, 2018
​​​​​​​6:00 – 7:30 PM

WHERE:
Spiegel Auditorium
56 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138


Past training sessions

12 JANUARY, 2018

Refugee and Immigration Ministry

PAIR Staff Attorney Seth Purcell spoke at a roundtable discussion hosted by various RIM Cluster representatives. Among the topics of discussion were the various legal and non-legal challenges asylum applicants face as they seek relief.

13 DECEMBER, 2017

Pro Bono Asylum Training: “Representing Asylum Seekers"

This introductory asylum training covered the basics of asylum law and procedure: asylum eligibility requirements, packaging the application and supporting materials, how to work with traumatized clients, tips for immigration court practice, and post-grant benefits.

27 NOVEMBER, 2017

BBA Asylum Training

PAIR's Elena Noureddine joined fellow asylum experts to share knowledge and tips on a variety of advanced asylum issues, centered around working with clients who have been granted asylum and are working towards post-grant benefits, whether applying for their green card or petitioning to bring their relatives to the U.S.

1 NOVEMBER, 2017

Pro Bono Asylum Training: “Representing Asylum Seekers”

This Asylum 101 training covered asylum law and procedure, packaging the I-589 application, how to work with traumatized clients, tips for immigration court practice, and working with a medical expert.

9 OCTOBER, 2017

Pro Bono Training: "Immigration Detention & Bond" - Pt 2

Hosted at the Fragomen, PAIR held part 2 of its training on representing immigration detainees in bond proceedings, including substantive standards such as eligibility for bond and significant factors in a bond determination.

2 OCTOBER, 2017

Pro Bono Training: "Immigration Detention & Bond" - Pt 1

Hosted at the Fragomen, PAIR conducted a training on representing immigration detainees in bond proceedings, including substantive standards such as eligibility for bond and significant factors in a bond determination.

27 SEPTEMBER, 2017

Pro Bono Training: "Know Your Rights"

Hosted at the BBA, PAIR's Anita P. Sharma and Courtney Snegroff trained attorneys interested in community outreach to immigrant communities to present on immigrant’s constitutional rights when confronted by immigration enforcement and how individuals can prepare now in case they are detained.

28 JUNE, 2017

Pro Bono Training: "Motions to Reopen"

PAIR Pro Bono Bond Training

Hosted at the BBA, this CLE covered advanced strategies for filing late and other post-order motions to reopen. Presenters included PAIR’s Elena Noureddine.

9 JUNE, 2017

Pro Bono Training: "Know Your Rights"

PAIR conducted a “Know Your Rights” training for volunteer attorneys interested in doing community outreach to immigrant communities at MassMutual.

2 JUNE, 2017

Train the Educators: "Know Your Rights"

PAIR's Elena Noureddine spoke at the Massachusetts Association of Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages conference on immigrant rights, covering what an immigrant’s constitutional rights are when confronted by law enforcement. 

31 MAY, 2017

Pro Bono Training: "Representing Asylum-Seekers"

This introductory asylum training conducted by PAIR’s Anita P. Sharma and Seth Purcell covered the basics of asylum law and procedure, hosted at Mintz Levin.

24 APRIL, 2017

Pro Bono Training: "Know Your Rights"

Hosted at the BBA, this program explained to attorneys what an immigrant’s constitutional rights are when confronted by law enforcement, including immigration and customs enforcement officials and what to expect in immigration court.

6 APRIL, 2017

2 FEB, 2017

Bridge Builders

PAIR's Anita P. Sharma spoke to Lenny Zakim Fund members about PAIR’s asylum and detention work and community "Know Your Rights" outreach project at Lenny Zakim Bridge Builders Breakfast, along with Shannon Al-Wakeel, of the Muslim Justice League and Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal, of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice. 

27 MARCH, 2017

Pro Bono Training: "Immigration Detention & Bond"

Hosted at the BBA, PAIR conducted a training on representing immigration detainees in bond proceedings, including substantive standards such as eligibility for bond and significant factors in a bond determination.

21 MARCH, 2017

Pro Bono Training: "Know Your Rights"

PAIR conducted a “Know Your Rights” training for volunteer attorneys interested in doing community outreach to immigrant communities impacted by the recent Executive Orders and providing legal orientation to detained immigrants, hosted by Foley & Lardner.

13 MARCH, 2017

Pro Bono Training: "Asylum 101"

This introductory asylum training conducted by PAIR’s Seth Purcell covered the basics of asylum law and procedure: asylum eligibility requirements, packaging the application and supporting materials, how to work with traumatized clients, tips for immigration court practice, and post-grant benefits.

3 MARCH, 2017

Advanced Strategies for Navigating a Changing Immigration Landscape

Immigration experts convened for the annual AILA-NE Conference where PAIR’s Anita P. Sharma, David McHaffey, and Anwen Hughes, spoke on hot topics in asylum, specifically national security bars.

3 JANUARY, 2018

Cambridge Health Alliance: Social Justice Interdisciplinary Panel

PAIR Staff Attorney Seth Purcell participated in a panel discussion for CHA staff regarding the challenges that services providers face in today's evolving immigration environment.

6 DECEMBER, 2017

Pro Bono Know Your Rights Training: “Family Preparedness”

This training provided an overview of an immigrant’s constitutional rights when confronted by law enforcement. It will also introduce key legal tools for providers to assist clients, patients or constituents in family preparedness in case of detention or other future family separation.

16 NOVEMBER, 2017

EOIR Pro Bono Training by
AILA & PAIR

The EOIR Pro Bono Program is back! AILA and the Boston Immigration court partnered to bring this free training on bond hearings in immigration court. This training covered eligibility for bond and significant factors in a bond determination, as well as the court procedures and recent updates in the law. The session included a mock hearing with a Boston Immigration Court judge.

15 NOVEMBER, 2017

Pro Bono Know Your Rights Training: “Family Preparedness”

This training provided an overview of an immigrant’s constitutional rights when confronted by law enforcement. It will also introduce key legal tools for providers to assist clients, patients or constituents in family preparedness in case of detention or other future family separation.

24 OCTOBER, 2017

Community Dialogue: “Connecting the Dots”

Hosted by The Philanthropy Connection, PAIR's Executive Director Anita P. Sharma and other prominent immigration practitioners spoke on hot topics in immigration practice, with a focus on asylum and refugee issues. 

4 OCTOBER, 2017

PAIR/MCLE Asylum Training: “Representing Asylum Seekers”

This Asylum 101 training covered asylum law and procedure, packaging the I-589 application, how to work with traumatized clients, tips for immigration court practice, and perspectives from the bench. The faculty included Anita P. Sharma, Ilana Greenstein, David McHaffey, Meghann Boyle, Director of the Boston Asylum Sub-Office, and Dr. Sondra Crosby.

27 SEPTEMBER, 2017

Lunch and Learn: Living Mutually

PAIR's Seth Purcell participated in a panel discussion for MassMutual employees, describing the arduous asylum application process, the myriad challenges faced by applicants, and highlighting the benefits of collaborative, pro bono efforts. 

27 JUNE, 2017

Pro Bono Training: "Relief for Unaccompanied Minors"

PAIR's Elena Noureddine presented a training on representing minors who are present in the U.S. without status, addressing the Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) process, hosted at Foley & Lardner.

7 JUNE, 2017

BBA Training: "Pro Bono for the In-house Lawyer"

Representatives of legal service organizations, including PAIR's Seth Purcell and pro bono attorney Harsha Pulluru, of John Hancock, spoke about “do-able” pro bono opportunities for in-house lawyers and the impact of such work on the community.

1 JUNE, 2017

Attorney Training: "Know Your Rights"

PAIR’s Anita P. Sharma conducted a “Know Your Rights” training at Harvard Law's Legal Services Center on community outreach to immigrant communities.

3 MAY, 2017

Pro Bono Training: "Introduction to Detention & Bond"

PAIR's Elena Noureddine conducted a training on representing immigration detainees in bond proceedings, hosted at K&L Gates.

8 APRIL, 2017

"Know Your Rights" 101

PAIR's Anita P. Sharma joined the Legal Services Center’s annual People’s Law School open-house event for a series of 1-hour workshops on legal issues that affect community members.

8 MARCH, 2017

Pro Bono Training: "An Overview of Immigrant Rights"

PAIR's Amanda Ekey will provided information on resources available to assist immigrants, and how we can prepare for any potential future polices that may have an impact on this demographic at Third Sector New England. 

24 MARCH, 2017

Pro Bono Training: "Immigration 101"

At this four-week training for state-funded organizations on Immigration Law, sponsored by the MIRA Coalition, PAIR staff members Elena Noureddine, Seth Purcell, and Anita P. Sharma presented on asylum and detention issues. 

21 MARCH, 2017

Pro Bono Training: "Representing Detainees"

PAIR’s Elena Noureddine and Audrey Robert-Ramirez discussed the ins and outs of representing detained clients in removal proceedings at the BBA.

10 MARCH, 2017

30 NOV, 2016

Pro Bono Training: "Know Your Rights"

PAIR's Anita Sharma, Elena Noureddine, and Seth Purcell conducted a “Know Your Rights” training geared towards explaining to attorneys what a person’s constitutional rights are when confronted by law enforcement.

1 MARCH, 2017

PAIR Pro Bono Bond Training

PAIR's Elena Noureddine and Amanda Ekey conducted a training on representing immigration detainees in bond proceedings, hosted at Foley Hoag. 

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