Summary: S.2280 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed Senate without amendment (11/10/2015)

(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.)

Pro bono Work to Empower and Represent Act of 2015 or the POWER Act

(Sec. 3) This bill requires the U.S. Attorney for a judicial district to lead at least one public event that promotes pro bono legal services as a critical way to: (1) empower survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking; and (2) engage citizens in assisting those survivors.

A special but similar rule applies to districts containing Indian tribes and tribal organizations.

Each U.S. Attorney shall: (1) have discretion on the design, organization, and implementation of such public events; and (2) seek to maximize an event's local impact and the access of such survivors to high-quality pro bono legal services.

(Sec. 5) The Department of Justice shall use existing funds to carry out this Act.