Updated: Aug. 30, 2021

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.

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Webinar Series on Evictions Representation  

LAMP supports, protects and legally empowers America’s current and past uniformed military members.  Patriots should expect no less. As part of this responsibility, LAMP provided, in conjunction with the AGO OMVLA, a three-part Mini-CLE series which addressed the empowerment of Veterans, through their counsel, in cases in which they erroneously face eviction from their homes.  All Veterans deserve to have a home; the law, through dedicated professionals, should ensure it.

As such, we earnestly invite you to carefully listen to this insightful Mini-CLE series which thoroughly examines the means to protect Veterans, that first, analyzes the applicable legislations, second, the processes specific to eviction law, and finally, winning strategies at show cause hearings. Veterans deserve legal protection, and you, as advocates, are uniquely positioned to make a major difference in their lives, as they once, not long ago, did for you, and your family.  

Greetings, I am Stephen Carpenter, Jr., the current Chair of LAMP. I eagerly look forward to continually orchestrating our section's top-notch legal resources for the benefit of uniformed members, retired veterans and their dependents. 


Part 1: Understanding the Changing Legal Landscape and How the Legal Community Can Help Veterans and Servicemembers at Risk of Being Evicted

This webinar, presented on June 25, 2021, reviews how the new legislation impacts the eviction process (RCW 59.12) and how it amended the Residential Landlord Tenant Act in Washington State (RCW 59.18). The webinar also provides information on opportunities to help veterans and service members at risk of being evicted.

FACULTY
Joyce Bruce - Attorney General’s Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance, Seattle
Scott Crain - Northwest Justice Project, Seattle

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This link is not accredited for CLE credit and is available for viewing for up to one year after the live event date (June 25, 2021). 

Part 2: Understanding the Notice and Service of Process Procedures and How the Legal Community Can Help Veterans and Servicemembers at Risk of Being Evicted

This webinar reviews how attorneys can represent clients through the eviction process Including Notice and Service of Process Procedures. This CLE will also provide information on opportunities to help veterans and servicemembers at risk of being evicted.

FACULTY
Joyce Bruce - Attorney General’s Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance, Seattle
Chris Graves - King County Housing Justice Project, Seattle
Sebastian Stockpyle - King County Housing Justice Project, Seattle

Watch now

This link is not accredited for CLE credit and is available for viewing for up to one year after the live event date (July 12, 2021). 

Part 3: Representing Clients in Show Cause Hearings, Seeking Orders of Limited Dissemination, and Helping Veterans and Servicemembers at Risk of Being Evicted

The CLE will share information for attorneys representing clients who are facing eviction in show cause hearings as well as the process of seeking orders of limited dissemination for clients that have an eviction record to prevent tenant screening companies from revealing the eviction record to landlords. This CLE will also provide information on opportunities to help veterans and servicemembers at risk of being evicted.

FACULTY
Joyce Bruce - Attorney General’s Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance, Seattle
Renee Ballou - King County Housing Justice Project, Seattle
Kaitlin Heinen - King County Housing Justice Project, Seattle

Watch now

This link is not accredited for CLE credit and is available for viewing for up to one year after the live event date (Aug. 23,, 2021). 


Congratulations, Incoming Executive Committee Members!

Below are the results of the Legal Assistance to Military Personnel Section Executive Committee election. Thank you for voting!

For more information about the Section and its Executive Committee roles, please review the Section's bylaws. Winners are listed alphabetically by position. 

Chair-Elect: one-year  position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022

Vacant

Secretary/Treasurer: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022

Eric McDonald 

Questions? Contact sections@wsba.org.


LAMP in the News!

See the Section Spotlight feature in the November 2020 issue of Washington State Bar News: 

LAMP at the Forefront of Helping Our Uniformed Folks in Washington State


Legislation

Attorneys Assisting Citizen-Soldiers and Families (AACF)

RCW's Relating Military Affairs and Veteran Affairs

APR 8(b)

SHB 1170 (parenting plans based on military service)

ABA Military Pro Bono Project

WSBA Legislative Activities


Resources

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

Department of Defense Resources

Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

Representing Washington Veterans


Executive Committee

Current term runs from Oct. 2020 through Sept. 2022 unless otherwise indicated.

Chair: Stephen Carpenter Jr.

Chair-Elect: pending

Vice ChairPaul Apple

Secretary-TreasurerEric McDonald

Immediate Past Chair: Eric McDonald

Strategic Planning Committee
Jon Bridge
Sharon Powell
Alex Straub

HistorianDaniel Russ

Legislative Committee Chair: Jeff Coats

Law School Liaison*Craig Allen

Young Lawyer Liaison*: Jessica Fetzer

Board of Governors Liaison*: Hunter Abell

Northwest Justice Project Liaison*: Adam Chromy

* Nonvoting 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, Stephen Carpenter Jr.