Call to Duty
Opportunities to Serve
WSBA Call to Duty informs you of the opportunities both locally and nationally to get involved in meeting the legal needs of veterans and their families. Check out these organizations and see which one is the right fit for you.
Welcomes volunteer legal professionals to be a part of serving Washington veterans through a legal clinic opportunity. The Day of Service includes a free, three-credit CLE seminar and the opportunity to put newly gained skills into action during a two-hour legal clinic. Volunteer or learn more.
This project accepts case referrals for civilian pro bono lawyers from military lawyers on behalf of junior-enlisted, active-duty military personnel and their families. A related initiative, Operation Stand-By, enables military lawyers to seek case advice from volunteer civilian lawyers. Volunteer lawyers can sign up on the Military Pro Bono Project website.
This commission conducts programs and advocacy on behalf of homeless veterans, who comprise a significant segment of the homeless population. Volunteer lawyers can sign up for an ABA project in cooperation with the state Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Veterans Affairs to help homeless veterans comply with child support obligations. Learn more and get involved.
All Volunteer Lawyers Programs serve veterans and their families on civil legal needs such as family, housing, consumer debt and more. Connect with your local program and learn how you can help.
This program offers pro bono legal help with disability issues to veterans from all eras. Current pro bono initiative to assist veterans with two types of disability claims — applications for combat-related special compensation and applications to the Physical Disability Board of Review for an increase in the military disability rating.
NJP’s Veterans Project provides free legal services for civil problems that are barriers to housing, employment, and self-sufficiency. Veterans can call the toll free, statewide Veterans Project number: 855-NJP-VETS (855-657-8387). For more information, visit their website.
The network helps wounded and disabled veterans who must wait too long to receive the disability benefits they have earned. Working in close cooperation with the Veterans Administration, the ABA is recruiting volunteer lawyers to help veterans complete their claims packages for expedited review by the VA — at no cost to the veteran. Lawyers who want to volunteer can sign up on the Veterans Claims Assistance Network website.
The program provides free training to attorneys who agree to counsel or represent a veteran or VA claimants or family member before the veterans court. As well as receiving the day-long training, participating attorneys are assigned a case that has been screened for merit and provided a screening memo outlining the issues in the case. Visit their website.
Clinics across the state are providing free estate-planning services to veterans. The WA Veterans Will Clinics are a great way to serve veterans and their families. Learn how you can get involved by visiting their website.
The Washington State Bar Foundation ensures WSBA has the resources to lead on issues of justice, public service, and diversity. As part of WSBA's strategic goal to enhance the culture of service among members, we are pleased to offer the WSBA Call to Duty Program as a public service opportunity.
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