Pare Gerou

Assistant Director of Public Interest, Career Development Office

Pare enjoys helping students who want to make a difference. With twenty years working in the public interest, she has experience in multiple nonprofit organizations, two federal agencies, and a United Nations organization. She believes in creative resourcefulness and has pitched ideas and obtained funding in order to develop several nonprofit offices. Her specialization is asylum and immigration law. She provided direct services asylum and immigration representation for much of her career and was also a clinical professor with the University of Virginia Law Refugee Law Clinic. She worked in nonprofit environments ranging from a refugee camp legal aid tent with a dirt floor to large U.S. and International NGOs.

Most recently, Pare developed and directed a U.S. nonprofit branch office in Greece to help Syrian refugees and also worked as an asylum adjudicator in Miami at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. She received her J.D. from University of Virginia and her undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona. She welcomes students who have a passion for a cause or want to explore careers serving the public interest.

Education

  • J.D. University of Virginia School of Law
    1993
  • B.A. University of Arizona
    1987
    Graduated with High Distinction

Work Experience

  • Assistant Director of Public Interest, Career Development Office
    James E. Rogers College of Law
    2019 - present
  • Immigration Attorney
    Bander Immigration Law, Miami, Florida
    2019
  • Refugee, Asylum, and International Directorate Asylum Officer
    United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Miami, Florida
    2017 - 2018
  • Developer and Director, US NGO International Branch Office
    HIAS, Asylum and Family Reunification Legal Aid Services, Lesvos and Athens, Greece
    2016
  • Legal and Humanitarian Volunteer for Syrian refugees
    Lesvos, Greece
    2015
  • Attorney, Solo Practitioner
    Asylum and Refugee Resettlement Services, Charlottesville, Virginia
    2004 - 2015
  • Clinical Professor, Refugee and Asylum Law Clinic
    University of Virginia School of Law
    1999 - 2004
  • Developer and Director, IRC Charlottesville Refugee Reettlement Agency
    International Rescue Committee, Charlottesville, Virginia
    1997 - 1998
  • Interim Director/Refugee Casework
    U.S. State Department Overseas Resettlement Support Center, Zagreb and Split, Croatia
    1995 - 1996
  • Refugee Status Determination Officer
    United Nations High Commissioner for Refuges, Zagreb and Split, Croatia
    1995 - 1996
  • Developer and Director, CWS Refugee Resettlement Agency
    Church World Service, Charlottesville, Virginia
    1994 - 1995