The Basics of Intimate Partner Violence for Attorneys:

Providing Pro Bono Assistance in the Shadow Pandemic

On September 28, 2022 at 11:00 CDT via Zoom

Presented By:


Chief Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer

U.S. District Court for Northern District of Illinois

Magistrate Judge Nancy Joseph

U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Wisconsin

Julie Yeado

Senior Director of Advocacy

Sojourner Family Peace Center

Melissa O. Picciola

Director of Pro Bono and Community Partnerships

Legal Aid Chicago

Amanda R.R. Mayer

Legal Projects Director

Judicare Legal Aid

About the Seminar

Over the course of the seminar, our speakers will provide an overview of intimate partner violence dynamics; understanding the cycle of violence; working with survivors of domestic violence challenges; the pro bono opportunities available in Illinois and Wisconsin to support survivors; and best practices in providing limited legal services.

CLE Credit

1.0 hour of CLE credit for Illinois and Wisconsin, pending approval, is provided by The Seventh Circuit Bar Association.

What is the Power ACT?

The Pro Bono Work to Empower and Represent Act of 2018 (the “POWER Act”), aims to help victims and survivors of domestic violence gain access to pro bono legal services. Under the Act, the chief judge in each judicial district must host at least one public event annually to promote pro bono services to empower survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. In doing so, the chief judge seeks to maximize the local impact and delivery of high-quality pro bono legal services to survivors

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