Senior Staff Attorney Ayo Gansallo to Present at Co-Sponsored Asylum Training

Friday, November 6, 2015 - 11:30am to 4:00pm
Morgan, Lewis and Bockius
1701 Market Street
19103 Philadelphia , PA
Philadelphia VIP, the hub of pro bono legal services in Philadelphia, HIAS Pennsylvania and Nationalities Service Center (NSC), both non-profit resettlement and immigration and nationality law organizations in Philadelphia, are pleased to present a free CLE training on:


 Friday, November 6, 2015
11:30 – 4.00 pm

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
1701 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Lunch will be provided



Ayodele Gansallo, Esq. of HIAS PA & Jonah Eaton, Esq. of Nationalities Service Center


Special appearance by

Presiding Immigration Judge, The Honorable Charles M. Honeyman

Chair of the Philadelphia Immigration Court’s Pro Bono Liaison Committee, and

Sunil Varghese, Deputy Director of the Newark Asylum Office


HIAS PA and NSC will provide training on basic asylum law as applied in the U.S. This is a complex yet important area of law, offering the opportunity to represent and assist those seeking humanitarian protection from persecution in their home countries. Areas to be covered include the definition of asylum, qualification criteria and the standards of proof that apply to these forms of relief. We will also touch on asylum claims based on membership in a particular social group which in many ways offers opportunities to expand the law. The training will equip participants to handle asylum cases pro bono.

The impact of winning these cases is life-changing, both for the respondent and for pro bono counsel. HIAS Pennsylvania and NSC also provide on-going mentoring to those who are willing to give of their time.

Attorneys will receive 4 free substantive CLE credits if they accept a VIP, HIAS Pennsylvania or NSC case within 6 months of the training.  To register, please visit or contact Christina Rodriguez at

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