Sunday, November 30, 2008

Wyoming Legal Assistance to Military Personnel (LAMP)

The Wyoming State Bar does not appear to have a Legal Assistance to Military Personnel (LAMP) Section (it is among our smaller bars, with about 1500 members); however it and the state generally has some resources useful to servicemembers, veterans and their families.

  • A new Pro Bono program has been launched and is recruiting members. More information:
  • Online Continuing Legal Education (CLE): Wyoming hosts or aggregates several on-line seminars through Legalspan. Titles include "2008 Legal Issues with Military Deployments", "Military Service: Special Relief in Family Law, Debt Collection, Leasing & Taxes" and more. Since much of the relevant law is federal in nature, it makes a lot of sense for bar associations to link to quality work by other organizations. For the full list, click here.
  • The Wyoming Advocate Resource Center is not focused on LAMP issues but may be a source to turn to, whether you're look to provide pro bono help or seeking pro bono help
  • Wyoming Military Assistance Trust Fund serves as a last resort for dependents of deployed Wyoming military personnel to turn to in times of financial hardship. The rules are here; see also its grant application package and the Wyoming National Guard's Military Assistance Trust Fund page.
  • Reservists and National Guard members who are students at University of Wyoming may get some help from its Student Attorney Program. The University's College of Law also sponsors a Legal Services Program which, while not focused on servicemembers in particular, may be useful for those who qualify as low-income.

Active duty service members may wish to go first to Armed Forces Legal Assistance's nice online database to "locate active duty legal activities offering general legal services within the continental United States". A query for the state of Wyoming is here

The Findlaw website has a city-by-city list of lawyers interested in representing active-duty military personnel, military reservists, and veterans here.

Anyone with more information on these or other programs, please add in a comment below. The purpose is service!
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