Updated: July 31, 2018

Legal Assistance to Military Personnel Section

The WSBA Legal Assistance to Military Personnel (LAMP) Section addresses matters related to the rendition of appropriate and efficient legal service to members of the Armed Forces of the United States. Initially formed as a standing committee of the Washington State Bar Association in 1996, the LAMP Section was formed in October 2004.

Annual Report
Info Sheet

Legal Assistance to Military Personnel Section Executive Committee Elections 

Voting in the 2018 Executive Committee elections for the Legal Assistance to Military Personnel Section ended May 31. Here are the newly-elected members for for each position with terms beginning Oct. 1, 2018.

Chair: Sharon Powell

Chair-elect: Stephen Carpenter

Vice Chair: Eric McDonald

Secretary/Treasurer: Paul Apple

Historian: Daniel Russ

Thank you to all our candidates!


Attorneys Assisting Citizen-Soldiers and Families (AACF)
RCW's Relating Military Affairs and Veteran Affairs
Rule 8g 
SHB 1170 (parenting plans based on military service)
ABA Military Pro Bono Project
WSBA Legislative Activities 


The following resources include information describing issues affecting military personnel. Lawyers, businesses, and members of the public will find help regarding reserve and active military personnel in all branches of service.

WSBA recommends that military personnel visit their base JAG office for specific information regarding particular questions.

ABA Resources
Army JAG Resources
Army Review Boards Agency
Navy Judge Advocate General
Resources for Reserve Officers
The New SCRA
DOD Resources
WA Department of Veterans Affairs
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
Representing Washington Veterans

Executive Committee

ChairSharon Powell 
Chair-Elect: Vacant
Vice ChairStephen Carpenter Jr. 
Secretary-TreasurerEric McDonald 
Immediate Past ChairAlexander M. Straub
Legislative ChairJeff Coats 
HistorianDaniel Russ 
Law School Liaison: Vacant
Young Lawyer LiaisonAmina Adbul-Fields*
BOG LiaisonDaniel Clark*

*Indicates non-voting member

Please contact subcommittee member for details on their upcoming meeting dates and locations.

To join the section list serve and for more general section questions, please send your email address and Bar number to sections@wsba.org. For more information and to get involved with the section, please contact the current section chair, Sharon Powell.