September 06, 2018

Statement of Bob Carlson, ABA president Re: Passage of the Pro Bono Work to Empower and Represent Act of 2018

WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2018 — The American Bar Association applauds enactment of the POWER Act on September 4, which requires the chief judge from each judicial district to annually promote pro bono legal services for victims of domestic and sexual violence. An underlying goal of this law is to let victims know that legal assistance is available to them and empower them to move forward with their lives.

The American Bar Association has long promoted access to justice for victims of domestic and sexual violence and urges every lawyer to provide legal services to those who have a limited ability to pay. Today, the ABA renews that call to action for the legal profession and urges state and local bar associations across the country to work with the chief judge in their district to facilitate annual implementation of this important new law.

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