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POWER Act 2020
The Pro Bono Work to Empower and Represent Act (POWER Act) requires the chief judge in each judicial district 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.
The 2020 POWER Act events are sponsored by the United States District Court for the District of Montana. They are also co-sponsored by the Alexander Blewett III School of Law, Montana Legal Services Association, and the State Bar of Montana.
POWER Act 2020 Schedule of Events
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Victim Services Support and Practicing in Tribal Courts 101 – 2.0 CLE
• 11:30-11:45 a.m. – Introduction, Judge Dana Christensen
• 11:45-12:30 p.m. – “Victim's Rights” presented by Heidi Sanders, MLSA staff attorney
• 12:30-1:30 p.m. – Tribal Bench-Bar Panel with Hon. Dennis Bear Don't
Walk (Crow Tribal Court); Hon. Stacie FourStar (Fort Peck Tribal Court); and Hon. Mistee Rides At The Door (Blackfeet Tribal Court) moderated by Kathryn Seaton, MLSA staff attorney
Friday, September 18, 2020
DV Survivors and Consumer Issues During the COVID-19 Pandemic – 2.5 CLE
• 11:30-11:45 a.m. – Introduction, Chief
Judge Brian Morris
• 11:45-1:00 p.m. – “Domestic Violence Survivors and Consumer Issues
During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Issues that Impede the Financial Security of Survivors” presented by Diana Garrett and Beth Hayes, MLSA staff attorneys
• 1:00-2:00 p.m. – “Power of Pro Bono for Domestic Violence Survivors
During the COVID-19 Pandemic” Speaker Panel presented by Vivian Huelgo, Chief Counsel for the Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence for the American Bar Association; Professor Andrew King-Ries, Chair of the Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence for the American Bar Association; and Angie Wangenhals, Director of Pro Bono, Montana Legal Services Association, moderated by Judge Kathleen L. DeSoto
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