Understanding the New P.O.W.E.R. Act – C01

The President’s Track

Session C: 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.  

About the Program

This seminar will introduce the legal community to the Pro Bono Work to Empower and Represent Act of 2018, known as the P.O.W.E.R. Act. The Act mandates that federal courts hold annual public empowerment events in partnership with domestic violence service providers and volunteer lawyer projects to promote “pro bono legal services as a critical way in which to empower survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking, and to engage citizens in assisting these survivors.” 

The seminar will bring together lawyers and service providers to shine a spotlight on the critical need for pro bono legal representation of survivors of intimate partner violence. 

 You Will Learn 

    • How to provide pro bono resources in an effort to assist survivors of domestic and sexual violence as they navigate the legal system 
    • About the importance of pro bono services and the issues unique to the representation of survivors of domestic and sexual violence 


Hon. Kari A. Dooley, United States District Court of Connecticut, Bridgeport


Hon. Maria A. Kahn, Connecticut Supreme Court, Hartford

Edward J. HeathRobinson+Cole, Hartford

Karen Jarmoc, Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Wethersfield

Alina Reynolds, United States Attorney’s Office, Bridgeport

Angela Schlingheyde, The Center for Family Justice, Bridgeport

Angela Schlingheyde, J.D., Director of Civil Legal & Court Advocacy Services, oversees and coordinates all client requests for civil legal services, including, but not limited to, family law, immigration law, housing law, and ensuring that privacy and constitutional rights are protected. Additionally, she oversees the management of the Criminal and Civil Court programs, as well as all public policy and legislative advocacy efforts. In her efforts to address the significant justice gap in Connecticut, Angela spearheaded the Justice Legal Center, CT’s first legal incubator program to assist attorneys in building sustainable law practices dedicated to representing low to moderate income clients. The Justice Legal Center became operational on January 17, 2017. Currently, through her work at The Center for Family Justice, Angela is working on developing a Pro Bono Legal program to assist victims of abuse in family court. Angela began her career 21 years ago as an Assistant State Attorney in Miami-Dade County, Florida, specifically handling cases involving Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence, and Child Abuse.

Angela graduated from Hofstra University School of Law with a Juris Doctor in 1998. She completed her undergraduate work at Boston College with a B.A. in English and Women Studies in 1995.  


CLE Credit: 1.0 Hours (CT: 1.0 General; NY: 1.0 AOP)