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

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Passed House amended (07/17/2018)

Pro bono Work to Empower and Represent Act of 2018 or the POWER Act

(Sec. 3) This bill requires the chief judge for each judicial district to conduct public events to promote pro bono legal services for survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Additionally, the chief judge for a judicial district that contains an Indian tribe or tribal organization must conduct, at least once during each two-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.

A chief judge 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) Chief judges must report to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts on the public events they conduct. The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts must compile and summarize the reports and submit them to Congress.