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

Upcoming training sessions

Pro Bono Training: Representing Asylum Seekers

This training covers asylum law and procedure, how to work with traumatized clients, tips for immigration court practice, and perspectives from the adjudicator. The faculty included Meghann Boyle, Boston Asylum Office, Sondra Crosby, Ilana Greenstein, David McHaffey, and Anita P. Sharma. Register directly with MCLE.

WHEN:
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
1:00 - 5:00 PM  

WHERE:
MCLE
Boston, MA

Asylum 101 Pro Bono Training

PAIR's Anita P. Sharma will lead an asylum law basics training for pro bono attorneys interested in taking a PAIR case. This training covers asylum law and procedure, how to work with traumatized clients, tips for immigration court practice, and perspectives from the adjudicator.  

WHEN:
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
12:00 - 2:30 PM  

WHERE:
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Boston, MA

Lenny Zakim Fund: Bridge Builder Breakfast

PAIR's Anita P. Sharma, joined by distinuished speakers Wilson Taty, Sarath Suong, and Westy Egmost, will discuss their work to protect asylum seekers and immigrants who are being unjustly detained by the immigration service. Register here. 

WHEN:
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
8:30 - 11:30 AM  

WHERE:
Philanthropy Massachusetts
Boston, MA

Pro Bono Training: Know Your Rights

PAIR's Mikaela Wolf-Sorokin and Elena Noureddine will present a Know Your Rights “train the trainers” and legal orientation intake training for interested volunteer attorneys.

WHEN:
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
12:30 - 2:30 PM  

WHERE:
Hampden County Bar Association
Springfield, MA

PAIR 30: Pro Bono Training

PAIR's Elizabeth Badger and Elena Noureddine will present a training on representing immigration detainees in bond proceedings, including substantive standards such as eligibility for bond and significant factors in a bond determination.

WHEN:
Thursday, July 18, 2019
9:00 - 11:30 AM  

WHERE:
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
Boston, MA

Lights for Liberty

PAIR Project is honored to partner with the City of Cambridge Mayor's Office, City of Somerville, local legal aid partners, and thousands of others worldwide for #Lights4Liberty, a call to end the cruel treatment of immigrants who are being unjustly detained.

WHEN:
Friday, July 12, 2019
7:00 - 9:00 PM  

WHERE:
Cambridge City Hall
Cambridge, MA

Funder/Non-profit Connections

PAIR's Anita P. Sharma will speak to a group of funders about her non-profit work, power dynamics between grantors and grantees, and the challenges of the grant-making process.

WHEN:
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
9:00 - 11:00 AM  

WHERE:
Social Innovation Forum
Boston, MA

Exploring Public Interest Careers

PAIR's Sarah Allar and Jennifer Reyes will be available to discuss PAIR's work to protect asylum seekers and detained immigrants and present on various pro bon opportunities.

WHEN:
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
6:00 - 8:00 PM  

WHERE:
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Boston, MA

AILA New Members Brown Bag

PAIR's Sarah Allar will provide a crash course on asylum law for new practitioners and will provide insight into the many changes that have arisen during the current administration.

WHEN:
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
12:00 - 2:00 PM  

WHERE:
Project Citizenship
Boston, MA

PAIR 30: Pro Bono Training 

PAIR's Heather Perez and Seth Purcell will discuss the various ways by which volunteer attorneys can get involved with PAIR’s Asylum and Detention work to protect the rights of immigrants.

WHEN:
Thursday, June 13, 2019
12:00 - 2:00 PM  

WHERE:
Morgan, Lewis, & Bockius LLP
Boston, MA

PAIR 30: No Easy Justice

PAIR's Violeta Haralampieva, joined by distinguished panelists, Richard Iandoli, Mica Warton, and Jonathan Briseno, will discuss the history of U.S. asylum law with regard to protections for LGBTQ+ asylum seekers and will provide action steps we can all take in the continued fight for justice and equality.

WHEN:
Thursday, June 6, 2019
2:00 - 4300 PM  

WHERE:
The Boston Foundation
Boston, MA

Stories of Resilience  

Come hear Ema Pasic-Reid, a refugee, new mom, skier, climber, and runner, shared her incredible story to find a safe haven in the U.S., joined by Anita P. Sharma and Seth Purcell, of PAIR, who will discuss the immense legal challenges that asylum seekers face today. 

WHEN:
Thursday, May 9, 2019
7:00 - 9:00 PM  

WHERE:
Arc'Teryx
Boston, MA

PAIR 30: Representing Detained Asylum Seekers

To celebrate PAIR's 30th anniversary, PAIR will host a series of social issue talks and trainings. PAIR's Elena Noureddine will lead a training on representing detained asylum seekers. Training topics will include eligibility requirements, preparing the application, and tips for handling a detained-docket timeline. To register, email Mikaela Wolf-Sorokin with "PAIR 30/April 29" in the subject line.

WHEN:
Monday, April 29, 2019
2:00 - 4:00 PM  

WHERE:
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom LLP
Boston, MA

PAIR 30: Pro Bono Training 

PAIR's Elizabeth Badger will lead a training on how to conduct a SIJS and asylum intake and tips on working with vulerable youth seeking representation in their immigration cases. 

WHEN:
Monday, April 29, 2019
12:00 - 5:00 PM  

WHERE:
Goodwin Procter LLP
Boston, MA

Youth Symposium on Juvenile Justice 

PAIR's Heather Perez, among other distinguished speakers, will talk about the inequities in the judicial system, the consequences of an arraignment, and the school to prison pipeline. Come learn what you can do about these injustices.

WHEN:
Saturday, April 27, 2019
12:00 - 2:00 PM  

WHERE:
Suffolk University Law School
Boston, MA

Public Interest Warrior 

PAIR's Heather Perez will speak as a recipient of the Boston College Public Service Fellowship about her experience during the fellowship at PAIR.

WHEN:
Friday, April 26, 2019
4:00 - 6:00 PM  

WHERE:
Boston College Law School
Newton, MA

PAIR 30: Deportation Defense

To celebrate PAIR's 30th anniversary, PAIR will host a series of social issue talks and trainings. PAIR's Elena Noureddine will conduct an advanced training on representing detained immigrants in proceedings. To register, email Mikaela Wolf-Sorokin with "PAIR 30/April 19" in the subject line.

WHEN:
Friday, April 19, 2019
12:30 - 2:30 PM  

WHERE:
Ropes & Gray LLP
Boston, MA

Re-imagining the Nonprofit/Funder Relationship: 

Join us for a conversation with Vu Le about how nonprofit leaders and funders can work more effectively together to create long lasting social change. Guest speakers are SIF Innovator Anita P. Sharma and track funder The Clowes Fund. To register, click here

WHEN:
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
8:30 - 10:30 AM  

WHERE:
More Than Words Bookstore
Boston, MA

PAIR 30: You Can Make a Difference

To celebrate PAIR's 30th anniversary, PAIR will host a series of social issue talks and trainings. PAIR's Elena Noureddine will provide an immigration basics and describe PAIR's various pro bono opportunities. To register, email Mikaela Wolf-Sorokin with "PAIR 30/April 8" in the subject line.

WHEN:
Monday, April 8, 2019
12:30 - 2:30 PM  

WHERE:
K&L Gates LLP
Boston, MA

SIJS Pro Bono Training 

PAIR's Elizabeth Badger, with distinguished speakers, will present a training on post-18 Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) adjudications, strategies for RFEs and NOIDs, and tips for presenting cases in state court. To register, email Emily Paone, EPPaone@mintz.com. Option to call-in: 1-877-434-2303; passcode: 6173483005.

WHEN:
Friday, April 5, 2019
3:30- 5:00 PM

WHERE:
Mintz Levin
Boston, MA

Great Decisions: Refugees and Global Migration

Join PAIR's Seth Purcell and many other local non-profits for a discussion on Refugees & Global Migration hosted by WorldBoston, BNID, and UNAGB! For more details, click here.

WHEN:
Thursday, April 4, 2019
6:00- 7:30 PM

WHERE:
Boston Public Library
Boston, MA

Responding To The Challenges Facing Immigrant Women

PAIR's Anita P. Sharma will discuss asylum law and the difficulties that asylum seekers face, in particular women fleeing violence. This lecture will be a part of a half-day panel event on the challenges that immigrant women face in the U.S. For more details, click here.

WHEN:
Thursday, April 4, 2019
11:00- 1:30 PM

WHERE:
Democracy Center
Cambridge, MA

Alianza Latina Career Panel

Career readiness for law students is critical. Come hear PAIR's Heather Perez will speak about her work representing detained immigrants. For more details, click here.

WHEN:
Tuesday April 2, 2019
7:00- 9:00 PM

WHERE:
Boston University
Boston, MA


Past training sessions

1 APRIL 2019

Safe Haven No More

Join PAIR's Anita P. Sharma, Elena Noureddine, and Irene Freidel as they present on the challenges that detained asylum seekers face. Two formerly detained PAIR asylee clients will also join the panel to share their experiences of working with PAIR.   

28 MARCH 2019

Migrant Children & Family Court

Please join to hear Judge George F. Phelan and PAIR's Elizabeth Badger discuss the possibilities and the perils migrant children and their family members face in state family courts. Hosted by Harvard Law School.  

26 MARCH 2019

PAIR 30: Humanitarian Crisis at the Border

To celebrate PAIR's 30th anniversary, PAIR will host a series of social issue talks and trainings. PAIR staff Elena Noureddine, Elizabeth Badger, and Heather Perez will discuss the use of detention, asylum law, family separation, moderated by Anita P. Sharma.  

22 MARCH 2019

Changing Landscape of Immigration Law

Join Elena Noureddine at the law firm Fragomen as she meets and speakers with students and attorneys on changes to asylum law, immigration enforcement, and increased use of detention  

18 MARCH 2019

Legal Challenges for Immigrants

Join PAIR's Board President Susan Cohen and Detention Attorney Irene Freidel at the Wayland Free Library to learn about the challenges and realities facing immigrants in Massachusetts, including how immigration custody affects the immigrant community  

11 MARCH 2019

Representing Asylum Seekers

PAIR's Anita P. Sharma will give an introductory asylum training covered the basics of asylum law and procedure: asylum eligibility, packaging the application, working with traumatized clients, and tips on presenting the case.  

1 MARCH 2019

Victorious Asylum Claims

As a part of the AILA New England Annual Conference, PAIR's Elena Noureddine will discuss advanced court strategies to argue asylum cases so that your clients can win. 

28 FEBRUARY 2019

Law Day at Tufts

PAIR's Seth Purcell, a Tufts alumnus, along with other immigration experts, will discuss legal careers and current trends/challenges of practicing immigration law.  

23 FEBRUARY 2019

BU Public Interest Law Day

PAIR's Elena Noureddine, a BU Law alumna, along with other panelists will present on creating your own public interest career and providing direct representation to clients, particularly immigrants and asylum seekers.  

21 FEBRUARY 2019

Public Interest Careers

PAIR's Heather Perez will share her experiences as a public interest attorney at PAIR and give advice on building relevant knowledge, skills, and experience to start a career in public interest law.

19 FEBRUARY 2019

You Can Make a Difference 

PAIR's Anita P. Sharma will provide an immigration basics training and describe how you can get involved with PAIR's various pro bono opportunities.  

14 JANUARY 2018

Pro Bono Opportunities

PAIR's Seth Purcell and others will discuss pro bono opportunities for in-house counsel. Come learn about professional development opportunities & various legal services organizations.  

7 JANUARY 2019

Asylum Basics

Sarah Allar will present on challenges to seeking asylum, asylum law and procedure basics, and how to work with traumatized clients.

27 NOVEMBER 2018

Know Your Rights

PAIR's Elena Noureddine will present to teachers and staff at Charlestown High School. This presentation will introduce key legal tools for providers to assist clients, patients or constituents in family preparedness in case of detention or other future family separation.  

15 NOVEMBER 2018

Global Health and Human Rights 

Join PAIR's Seth Purcell, joined by Sarang Sekhavat, of MIRA, and Dr. Rob Marlin, of Cambridge Health Alliance, as they discuss the proposed changes to the public charge rule and its legal and healthcare implications.  

14 NOVEMBER 2018

Facing the Refugee Crisis

Join PAIR's Violeta Haralampieva and professionals from community-based organizations as they discuss their work to protect the rights of refugees and asylum seekers and how NGO’s are uniquely positioned to facilitate change in today’s political climate.  

6 NOVEMBER 2018

Pro Bono Bond Training

Join PAIR's Heather Perez as she presents a training on representing immigration detainees in bond proceedings, including substantive standards such as eligibility for bond and significant factors in a bond determination.  

5 NOVEMBER 2018

Access to Justice 

Join PAIR's Elena Noureddine and Mikaela Wolf-Sorokin as they conduct a pro bono training on detention issues, bond, the rights people have during encounters with immigration authorities, and how to prepare a client for immigration court.  

5 NOVEMBER 2018

Culturally Competent Care for LGBTQ Immigrants  

Join PAIR's Violeta Haralampieva and professionals from Fenway Health's The Violence Recovery Program as they discuss ways to support the needs of LGBTQ+ immigrants, people of color, and low-income communities.  

5 NOVEMBER 2018

Pro Bono Training: “Motions to Reopen” 

Join PAIR, AILA, and the Boston Immigration Court as we cover advanced litigation strategies for filing late and other post-order motions to reopen.  

30 OCTOBER 2018

Detention and Bond 101  

PAIR's Elena Noureddine will conduct a training on representing immigration detainees in bond proceedings, covering immigration removal proceedings and significant factors in a bond determination.  

29 OCTOBER 2018

Asylum 101 and Family Separation 

This training conducted by PAIR's Anita Sharma and David McHaffey and KIND's Elizabeth Badger will cover the basics of asylum law and procedure. We will look at how the administration's Zero Tolerance policy impacts asylum seekers, specifically family separation cases.  

23 OCTOBER 2018

“Conocer sus derechos”

PAIR's Sarah Allar will review what rights people have during encounters with immigration authorities, how to prepare for possible immigration enforcement against yourself or your family, and where to find legal assistance. The event is open the public and will be conducted in Spanish only.  

22 OCTOBER 2018

PAIR/MCLE Pro Bono Asylum Training

This training covers asylum law and procedure, how to work with traumatized clients, tips for immigration court practice, and perspectives from the adjudicator. The faculty included Meghann Boyle, Boston Asylum Office, Sondra Crosby, Ilana Greenstein, David McHaffey, and Anita P. Sharma. Register directly with MCLE.  

22 OCTOBER 2018

Suffolk Pro Bono Fair

PAIR's Violeta Haralampieva and Michaela Sanchez will participate in Suffolk University School of Law's Pro Bono Fair, speaking with students about PAIR's mission, its work with indigent asylum-seekers, immigrant detainees, and how students can get involved.  

20 OCTOBER 2018

National Refugee Shabbat

PAIR's Board President Susan Cohen and staff attorney Sarah Allar will discuss recent asylum and detention issues at Temple Emunah as a part of the National Refugee Shabbat organized by the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society.

19 OCTOBER 2018

National Refugee Shabbat

PAIR's Elena Noureddine and a former PAIR client will discuss recent asylum and detention issues at Congregation B'nai Torah as a part of the National Refugee Shabbat organized by the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society.

16 OCTOBER 2018

Beyond the Ruling

As a part of Vertex's celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, PAIR's Elena Noureddine joined Vertex Includes Boundless Ethnicities (VIBE) in a panel discussion on the state of immigration in the U.S., and provide context on how court rulings effect society as a whole. 

14 OCTOBER 2018

La Fiesta Health Fair

PAIR's Mikaela Wolf-Sorokin and Anita P. Sharma participated in the BHCHP's annual health fair to share how vulnerable immigrant can protect their legal rights.  

25 SEPTEMBER 2018

Medical Legal Partnerships

PAIR's Heather Perez joined the BHCHP staff to consider how to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable immigrant populations, ensuring a patients’ basic needs are met. The discussion was held in honor of Hispanic/Latinx heritage month. 

20 SEPTEMBER 2018

Connecting the Dots

Anita P. Sharma moderated a community dialogue on access to justice for civil legal aid matters such as housing, child support, and deportation with fellow TPC grantees. 

10 SEPTEMBER 2018

Volunteers for Justice Fair 

PAIR Staff Attorney Seth Purcell participated in Northeastern University School of Law's Volunteers for Justice Pro Bono Fair, speaking with students about PAIR's mission, its work with indigent asylum-seekers, immigrant detainees, and how students can get involved.

7 SEPTEMBER 2018

BIA Accredited Representative

PAIR staff attorneys led BIA training on asylum law and procedure, covering many topics including asylum eligibility requirements, packaging the application and supporting materials, how to work with traumatized clients, tips for immigration court practice, and post-grant benefits.  

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