Updated: June 4, 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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2021 Section Executive Committee Elections

The Section is conducting elections for open positions on the executive committee.

Voting is scheduled for June 7-20, 2021. All voting members of the Section will receive an electronic ballot sent to their email on June 7, 2021, via Survey Monkey.

Candidate Information, Open Positions & Terms 

For more information about the Section and its Executive Committee roles, please review the Section's bylaws. Candidates for open positions are listed below:

  • Chair-elect: one-year  position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022
    No Candidates
  • Secretary/Treasurer: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2021, and ending Sept. 30, 2022
    Candidate: 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.