POWER Act CLE Webinar: Protection from Abuse: Empowering Attorneys
The COVID-19 pandemic has seen an increase in domestic violence. Now, more than ever, it is important for attorneys to provide much needed legal services to domestic violence survivors. Studies have shown that access to legal assistance and representation can increase the likelihood of obtaining a protective order and reduce the probability of future domestic violence.
The POWER Act is the acronym for "Pro Bono Work to Empower and Represent Act of 2018" (P. L. 115-237) that Congress passed on September 4, 2018. The primary goal of the POWER Act is for the U.S. District Courts to host at least one public event annually to promote free legal services to empower survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking and to engage citizens in assisting those survivors.
In addition, the Act encourages Districts containing Indian Tribes and Tribal Organizations to coordinate at least one public event every two years that promotes pro bono legal services in partnership with an Indian tribe or tribal organization. The intent is to increase the provision of pro bono legal services for Indian victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
INSTRUCTIONS ON JOINING THE WEBINAR WILL BE EMAILED TO REGISTRANTS 24 HOURS PRIOR TO THE EVENT. TO OBTAIN THE WEBINAR INFORMATION AFTER RSVPS ARE CLOSED, EMAIL HR@KSD.USCOURTS.GOV.
The District of Kansas, along with the FBA, is hosting their 2022 annual POWER Act CLE on August 30, 20202 11:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m. (CDT) via Webinar. Sessions Include:
11:30 - 11:35 – Welcome and Remarks by U.S. Magistrate Judge Teresa J. James and Blake Shuart, FBA Member & Attorney with Hutton & Hutton Law Firm, LLC
11:35 – 12:30 - Protection Orders 101, Kansas Legal Services
Alexandra English, Managing Attorney
Joy Springfield, Director of Pro Bono Services
12:30 – 1:00 - Reflections from the Tribal Court Bench Theresa Barr, Attorney
Theresa Barr, Barr Law LLC, Former Administrative District Court Judge for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation
Court Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pending CLE in Kansas and Missouri