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The POWER Act: How You Can Make a Difference
Intended to promote pro bono services and empower domestic violence survivors, the Pro bono Work to Empower and Represent (POWER) Act was passed on September 4, 2018. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a worldwide surge in domestic violence. Now, more than ever, it is important for attorneys to step up and provide much needed legal services to domestic violence survivors. Studies have shown that access to legal assistance and representation can increase the likelihood of obtaining a protective order and reduce the probability of future domestic violence. This CLE looks at what has been accomplished since the POWER Act was passed and what you can do to be a part of the movement.

Sep 29, 2020 12:00 PM in Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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David Nuffer
United States District Judge @United States District Court for the District of Utah
Judge David Nuffer was appointed as a United States District Judge in the District of Utah on March 23, 2012 and became Chief Judge on September 1, 2014. He resigned that position September 30, 2018 but continues as an active district judge. Most recently, he has directed the establishment of a Southern Region of the Central Division of the District of Utah to provide better services to citizens living over 300 miles from Salt Lake City, the location of Utah's only federal courthouse.
Heather Tanana
Assistant Research Professor & Wallace Stegner Fellow @University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
Heather Tanana, JD, MPH (Diné) is an Assistant Research Professor & Wallace Stegner Center Fellow at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. She was previously a shareholder with Richards Brandt Miller Nelson and clerked with Judge Nuffer at the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah. Heather founded the Indian Law Section of the Utah State Bar Association and is a member of the Navajo Nation Bar Association. Heather is also an Associate Faculty member with the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health and works with the Center’s Training team on developing and teaching Institute courses and collaborates on health policy related work. Heather’s research interests include exploring the overlay between environmental and health policy, promoting better practices in Indian child welfare, and criminal justice in Indian Country.
Joanna Sagers
Domestic Relations Commissioner @Third District Court for the State of Utah
Commissioner Joanna B. Sagers has been a Third District Court Domestic Relations Commissioner since March of 2012. In 1985, Commissioner Sagers graduated from the University of Utah, magna cum laude, with a BS degree in Sociology. She went on to attend the University of Utah College of Law and graduated in 1988. Commissioner Sagers began her legal career as a staff attorney at Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake. She went on to practice family law with the firm Littlefield and Peterson. Following several years in private practice, she returned to Legal Aid Society where she was the Director of the Domestic Violence Victims Assistance Program for seventeen years. Commissioner Sagers was the recipient of the Crime Victims Award, presented by the Utah Council on Victims of Crime in April 2013 and Outstanding Family Law Lawyer of the Year in 2000.