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​​​​​​​to our volunteer attorneys

Upcoming training sessions

Career Panel with Young Leaders

PAIR's Social Services Coordinator Gabriella Chavez will present on a panel with Mario Paredes from MLRI about being Latinx in the legal services field to the young leaders program at the Chelsea Boys and Girls Club.

WHEN:
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM  

WHERE:
Chelsea Boys and Girls Club 
Chelsea, MA

Representing Asylum Seekers & Immigration Overview

PAIR's Seth Purcell will speak to students enrolled in Northeastern University School of Law's Immigration course. Topics discussed included changes in the field of immigration over the past five years, current challenges faced by asylum-seekers, and what it is like to work in the immigration legal services realm.

WHEN:
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM  

WHERE:
Northeastern University School of Law
Boston, MA

Nuts and Bolts of Bonds for Detained Family Members and Relief Options

Join PAIR's Elena Noureddine and other practitioners as they discuss legal tactics and strategies to best assist detained clients and their families at the 19th Annual Family-Based Immigration Law Conference. View the program here and RSVP directly with MCLE. 

WHEN:
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM  

WHERE:
MCLE Conference Center &
Live Webcast

Pro Bono Attorney Training: Representing Asylum Seekers

This training, led by PAIR's Anita P. Sharma, covers asylum law and procedure, packaging a case, working with traumatized clients, and practice tips for practicing at the Boston asylum office and immigration court.

WHEN:
Friday, July 17, 2020 
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM  

WHERE:
Ropes & Gray LLP
Boston, MA

Evaluating Progress for Continuous Learning: Lessons Learned from our 2018 Social Innovators

PAIR's Development Associate Yanzie Chow and other representatives from SIF's 2018 cohort of Social Innovators will share about how their experiences with performance measurement enhance their work, advocacy and capacity-building as they endeavor to respond to the needs of their communities and the world around us. Register here.

WHEN:
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM  

WHERE:
Social Innovation Form
Boston, MA

BBA Virtual Event: Public Interest Networking Coffee for Law Students and New Lawyers

PAIR's Elena Noureddine and Sarah Allar will discuss PAIR's work to protect asylum seekers and detained immigrants with new lawyers and law students at a virtual networking coffee event sponsored by the BBA Delivery of Legal Services Section and the BBA New Lawyers Forum. Register here

WHEN:
Thursday, July 9, 2020
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM  

WHERE:
Boston Bar Association
Boston, MA

Pro Bono Presentation

PAIR Staff Attorney Seth Purcell will present PAIR's work and describe the various pro bono opportunities that are available for attorneys at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

WHEN:
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM  

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

Careers in Focus: Clinical Work

Join PAIR's Heather Perez, along with ACLU Utah's Immigrants' Rights Legal Fellow Valentina De Fex and Boston College clinical professors Mary Holper and Alan Minuskin to hear about their experiential opportunities and how graduates can launch successful careers in immigration law.

WHEN:
Friday, May 15, 2020
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM  

WHERE:
Boston College Law School
Newton, MA

Community Conversation with Immigration Advocates and Partners in Response to COVID-19

PAIR's Elena Noureddine discusses representing detained asylum seekers during the COVID-19 outbreak alongside Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley and renowned immigration activists at Project Citizenship, The Massachusetts TPS Committee, Asian American Resource Workshop, Centro Presente, and Lawyers for Civil Rights.

WHEN:
Monday, May 4, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM  

WHERE:
Boston, MA
Zoom, Facebook Live

Pro Bono Training: Asylum 101

PAIR's Seth Purcell will conduct a training in asylum law, how to work with an asylum-seeking client, and asylum case preparation and packaging to attorneys at MassMutual.

WHEN:
Monday, April 20, 2020
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM  

WHERE:
MassMutual
Springfield, MA

Social Justice at Harvard Divinity School

Join PAIR's Gabriella Chavez as she shares her experiences as the Social Services Coordinator/paralegal at PAIR and her work with unaccompanied minors and clients fleeing extreme violence from all over the world.

WHEN:
Thursday, April 9, 2020
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM  

WHERE:
Harvard Divinity School
Cambridge, MA

Pro Bono Training: Conducting Asylum Intake

Join the PAIR Asylum staff as they cover an overview of asylum law and the best steps to conducting an effective asylum intake. Please email Angela Arzu, aarzu@pairproject.org for the Zoom link.

WHEN:
Monday, April 13, 2020
11:00 PM - 1:00 PM  

WHERE:
Fish & Richardson, P.C.
Boston, MA

Pro Bono Presentation: Proving Well-Founded Fear through Country Conditions Documentation

As part of a new PAIR-Weil pro bono partnership, PAIR’s Elena Noureddine will train attorneys at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP on how to prepare country condition reports in support of asylum claims and how to effectively use these reports to corroborate a client’s case. For the Zoom link, please email Mikaela Sorokin: msorokin@pairproject.org.

WHEN:
Monday, March 23, 2020
11:00 PM - 12:30 PM  

WHERE:
Weil, Gotshal, & Manges LLP
Boston, MA

Representing Victims of Trafficking: the Asylum Ban and T Visas

Join PAIR's Elizabeth Badger as she discusses trafficking and how it apples to asylum cases, as well as strategies for managing T visa cases.

WHEN:
Thursday, March 5, 2020
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM  

WHERE:
Ropes & Gray LLP
Boston, MA

Relief from Detention and Deportation

Join PAIR's Elena Noureddine, Sarah Sherman-Stokes, Associate Director of BU Law Immigrants’ Rights and Human Trafficking Program, and Christina Corbaci of Corbaci Law, P.C. will cover recent changes in the law related to detention and removal, and provide tips and strategies for representing immigrant clients before EOIR. This panel is part of the 17th Annual AILA New England Immigration Law Conference. Please register here.

WHEN:
Friday, February 28, 2020
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM  

WHERE:
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Boston, MA

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status & Asylum Training

PAIR attorney Elizabeth Badger will discuss Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) and how to manage SIJS cases, derivative asylum and preserving independent claims, especially for children subject to the asylum ban.

WHEN:
Thursday, February 6, 2020
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM  

WHERE:
Ropes & Gray LLP
Boston, MA

Women in Immigration Law

Join PAIR’s Elena Noureddine as she shares her experiences as an attorney at PAIR on a panel hosted by the school’s Immigration Law Association and the Women's Law Caucus.

WHEN:
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM  

WHERE:
New England School of Law
Boston, MA

Immigration Bond 101 in the Era of Pereira Brito v. Barr

Join PAIR’s Elena Noureddine as she prepares attorneys for representing clients in bond hearings before the Boston Immigration Court. The training focused on tips, trends, updates since the groundbreaking decision in Pereira Brito v. Barr. This training is sponsored by PAIR, AILA New England Chapter and the ACLU of MA.

WHEN:
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM  

WHERE:
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Boston, MA

Humanitarian Crisis at the Border

PAIR's Heather Perez will speak to high school and middle school students about the current situation for asylum seekers at the border, including her experience in Tijuana providing pro bono legal services for individuals subjected to the "Remain in Mexico" policy, and its overall impact on the immigrant community.

WHEN:
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM  

WHERE:
Boston Trinity Academy
Boston, MA

Representing Asylum Seekers

This training, led by PAIR's Anita P. Sharma and Elena Noureddine, covers asylum law and procedure, packaging a case, working with traumatized clients, and practice tips for practicing at the Boston asylum office and immigration court. To RSVP, please email aarzu@pairproject.org and write "1/28 PAIR Asylum Training" in the subject line. Space is filling up, so please register soon!

WHEN:
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM  

WHERE:
Foley & Lardner
Boston, MA

Immigration Detention, Asylum, and the Immigration Court

PAIR's Irene Freidel will give an overview of immigration detention, asylum and the Immigration Court to students in a Global Health and Human Rights seminar. 

WHEN:
Monday, January 27, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  

WHERE:
CHA Central Street Health Center
Somerville, MA

Reflections from a SIF Innovator

PAIR's Anita P. Sharma will give an overview of PAIR's asylum, detention, and community engagement work and also share her experiences from SIF's 2018 Innovator's Accelerator Program. 

WHEN:
Thursday, January 23, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM  

WHERE:
Social Innovation Forum
Boston, MA

Helping Detained Immigrants Secure a New Bond Hearing in Federal Court

Join PAIR's Elena Noureddine as she prepares attorneys to assist detained non-citizens in securing new bond hearings and, hopefully, release from custody. Please RSVP by December 10, 2019 by emailing Elena Noureddine at enoureddine@pairproject.org. Please include “December Training-Bond Hearings” in the subject line.

WHEN:
Friday, December 13, 2019
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM  

WHERE:
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Boston, MA

Home for the Holidays Bond Training

Join PAIR's Elena Noureddine 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.

WHEN:
Friday, December 6, 2019
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM  

WHERE:
Fragomen 
Boston, MA

Asylum 101 Pro Bono 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 PAIR's Anita P. Sharma & Elena Noureddine, along with Dr. Sondra Crosby.  

WHEN:
Friday, November 8, 2019
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM  

WHERE:
Ropes & Gray LLP
Boston, MA

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 PM - 5:00 PM  

WHERE:
MCLE
Boston, MA

Massachusetts Judicial Conference 

This day long training covers legal practice in Massachusetts state courts. The faculty includes a long list of honorable judges, expert legal practitioners, including PAIR's Elizabeth Badger, and community-based groups. 

WHEN:
Thursday, October 24, 2019
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM  

WHERE:
John Adams Courthouse
Boston, MA

A Day in the Life of an Immigration Attorney 

PAIR’s Elena Noureddine and attorneys from various areas of immigration law will share their experiences, paths, and tips on being an immigration attorney. 

WHEN:
Thursday, October 24, 2019
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM  

WHERE:
Boston University Law School
Boston, MA

Fighting the Asylum Ban

A regulation went into effect on July 16, 2019 which states that people seeking asylum in the US who have traveled through a third country will be ineligible unless they have sought and been denied asylum in that third country. Join Irene Freidel from PAIR and Angelo Guisado from Center for Constitutional Rights as they speak about their efforts to fight back against the asylum ban.

WHEN:
Thursday, October 24, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  

WHERE:
Harvard Law School
Cambridge, MA

Independence & the Courts  

Please join PAIR's Elizabeth Badger, as she presents on her SIJS work at the 2019 District of Rhode Island Conference The faculty includes a long list of honorable judges, expert legal practitioners, and community-based groups. Please register here.

WHEN:
Friday, October 18, 2019
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM  

WHERE:
Omni Providence Hotel
Providence, RI

La Fiesta Health Fair  

PAIR staff Mikaela Wolf-Sorkin and Elena Noureddine will participate in the BHCHP's annual health fair to share how vulnerable immigrant can protect their legal rights.

WHEN:
Sunday, October 6, 2019
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM  

WHERE:
Boston Health Care for the Homeless
Boston, MA

BC Public Interest Law Retreat

PAIR's Heather Perez will speak on a panel of young BC Law Alumni to 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.  

WHEN:
Wednesday, September 29, 2019
9:15 AM - 11:00 AM  

WHERE:
The Connors Center - Boston College
Dover, 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 PM - 2:30 PM  

WHERE:
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Boston, MA


Past training sessions

24 JULY 2019

Lenny Zakim Fund: Bridge Builders Breakfast

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

23 JULY 2019

Pro Bono Training: Know Your Rights

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

18 JULY 2019

PAIR 30: Pro Bono Training

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

12 JULY 2019

Lights for Liberty

PAIR Project was 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.

10 JULY 2019

Funder/Non-profit Connections

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

18 JUNE 2019

Exploring Public Interest Careers

PAIR's Sarah Allar and Jennifer Reyes discussed PAIR's work to protect asylum seekers and detained immigrants and present on various pro bono opportunities. 

18 JUNE 2019

AILA New Members Brown Bag

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

13 JUNE 2019

PAIR 30: Pro Bono Training

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

6 JUNE 2019

PAIR 30: No Easy Justice 

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

13 MAY 2019

Stories of Resilience

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 discussed the immense legal challenges that asylum seekers face today. 

29 APRIL 2019

PAIR 30: Representing Detained Asylum Seekers

To celebrate PAIR's 30th anniversary, PAIR hosted a series of social issue talks and trainings. PAIR's Elena Noureddine led a training on representing detained asylum seekers. Training topics included eligibility requirements, preparing the application, and tips for handling a detained-docket timeline. 

29 APRIL 2019

PAIR 30: Pro Bono Training 

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

27 APRIL 2019

Youth Symposium on Juvenile Justice

PAIR's Heather Perez, among other distinguished speakers, spoke about the inequities in the judicial system, the consequences of an arraignment, and the school to prison pipeline. 

26 APRIL 2019

Public Interest Warrior 

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

19 APRIL 2019

PAIR 30: Deportation Defense  

To celebrate PAIR's 30th anniversary, PAIR hosted a series of social issue talks and trainings. PAIR's Elena Noureddine conducted an advanced training on representing detained immigrants in proceedings. 

9 APRIL 2019

Reimagining the Non-profit/Funder Relationship

SIF Innovator Anita P. Sharma and track funder The Clowes Fund had a conversation with Vu Le about how nonprofit leaders and funders can work more effectively together to create long lasting social change.

8 APRIL 2019

PAIR 30: You Can Make A Difference

To celebrate PAIR's 30th anniversary, PAIR hosted a series of social issue talks and trainings. PAIR's Elena Noureddine provided an immigration basics training and described PAIR's various pro bono opportunities.

5 APRIL 2019

SIJS Pro Bono Training

PAIR's Elizabeth Badger, with distinguished speakers, presented a training on post-18 Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) adjudications, strategies for RFEs and NOIDs, and tips for presenting cases in state court.

4 APRIL 2019

Responding to Challenges Facing Immigrant Women

PAIR's Anita P. Sharma discussed asylum law and the difficulties that asylum seekers face, in particular women fleeing violence. This lecture was part of a half-day panel event on the challenges that immigrant women face in the U.S.

4 APRIL 2019

Great Decisions: Refugees and Global Migration

PAIR's Seth Purcell and many other local non-profits had a discussion on Refugees & Global Migration hosted by WorldBoston, BNID, and UNAGB. 

2 APRIL 2019

Alianza Latina Career Panel

Career readiness for law students is critical. PAIR's Heather Perez spoke about her work representing detained immigrants.

1 APRIL 2019

Safe Haven No More

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

28 MARCH 2019

Migrant Children & Family Court

Judge George F. Phelan and PAIR's Elizabeth Badger discussed the possibilities and the perils migrant children and their family members face in state family courts. This discussion was hosted by Harvard Law School.  

26 MARCH 2019

PAIR 30: Humanitarian Crisis at the Border

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

22 MARCH 2019

Changing Landscape of Immigration Law

PAIR's Elena Noureddine and other speakers met with students and attorneys on changes to asylum law, immigration enforcement, and increased use of detention at the law firm Fragomen.

18 MARCH 2019

Legal Challenges for Immigrants

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

11 MARCH 2019

Representing Asylum Seekers

PAIR's Anita P. Sharma gave an introductory asylum training covering 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 discussed 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, discussed 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 presented 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 shared her experiences as a public interest attorney at PAIR and gave 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 provided an immigration basics training and described how you can get involved with PAIR's various pro bono opportunities.  

7 JANUARY 2019

Asylum Basics

PAIR's Sarah Allar presented on challenges to seeking asylum, asylum law and procedure basics, and how to work with traumatized clients.

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