Summary: S.717 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed Senate without amendment (08/01/2017)

(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 2017 or the POWER Act

(Sec. 3) This bill requires the U.S. Attorney's office in each judicial district to conduct, at least annually, a public event to promote pro bono legal services for survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Additionally, the U.S. Attorney's office in a judicial district that contains an Indian tribe or tribal organization must conduct, at least once during each three-year period, a public event to promote pro bono legal services for Indian or Alaska Native victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

U.S. Attorneys' offices must, in conducting public events, seek to maximize the local impact and the provision of high-quality pro bono legal services to survivors.

(Sec. 4) U.S. Attorneys' offices must report to the Department of Justice (DOJ) on the public events they conduct. DOJ must compile and summarize the reports and submit them to Congress.