FL05 The POWER Act: Pro Bono Representation and the Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence (2021CLC)

Thursday, June 17, 2021

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)

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The Family Law Track 
 
Presented by the Pro Bono Committee 

About the Program

This session will re-introduce the legal community to the Pro Bono Work to Empower and Represent Act of 2018, known as the POWER Act. The act mandates that federal courts hold annual public empowerment events in partnership with domestic violence service providers and volunteer lawyer projects to promote “pro bono legal services as a critical way in which to empower survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and to engage citizens in assisting these survivors.”   

The session will bring together lawyers and service providers to shine a spotlight on the critical need for pro bono legal representation of victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking in federal and state courts.  

You Will Learn

  • How to encourage lawyers to provide pro bono resources in an effort to assist victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking as they navigate the legal system
  • How to educate the legal community about the importance of pro bono services and the issues unique to the representation of victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking
  • About legal resources, available survivor assistance programs, training available through the CBA, and how to pledge to provide pro bono services  

Who Should Attend

Lawyers committed to greater access to justice for victims and survivors and to expanding their pro bono practice to include cases involving victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking. Also invited and important to include are non-lawyers working on the front lines of this issue, including victim-witness advocates, service providers, probation officers, and law enforcement.

CLE Credit

2.0 CT (1.0 General; 1.0 Ethics); 2.0 NY (1.0 AOP; 1.0 Ethics) 

Speakers

Hon. Chase T. Rogers (Ret.)
Day Pitney LLP, Hartford

Hon. Christopher F. Droney (Ret.)
Day Pitney LLP, Hartford

Ines Cenatiempo
US Attorney’s Office, Bridgeport

Pilar Gonzalez
US Attorney’s Office, New Haven

Edward J. Heath
Robinson+Cole, Hartford

Margaret Groban
US Attorney’s Office, District of Maine, Portland, ME

Rhonda Morra
Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV), Glastonbury

Moderators

Hon. Kari A. Dooley
United States District Court District of Connecticut, Bridgeport

Alina Marquez Reynolds
Grace Farms Foundation, New Canaan