Updated: March 22, 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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LAMP in the News!

See the Section Spotlight feature in the November 2020 issue of BarNews: 

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

Shape Your Section for the Future: Apply Today to Become a Section Leader

Application Deadline is April 16, 2021

The following section executive committee positions are open for applications:

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

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be a current section member and should be eligible to vote in accordance with the section’s bylaws.

Application Process: Click here to complete the online application for open executive committee positions.

Nomination Process: Nominations and elections for open executive committee positions will be held between March and May each year. The Chair or the executive committee of this section shall appoint a nominating committee consisting of no less than three section members, including one who is not currently a member of the executive committee. All applicants will apply through an electronic process administered by the Washington State Bar Association.

Alternate Nomination Process: Nominating committee will vet applicants and provide a slate of candidates for election.

Elections Process: All voting members of the section will receive an electronic ballot sent to their email in June 2021. Visit this webpage in early June for election updates and voting instructions.

For more information about the Section, its executive committee roles, and elections process, please review the Section’s bylaws. You may also contact any member of the current Section Executive Committee or email sections@wsba.org.


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


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
Adam Torem

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.