Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Utah Legal Assistance to Military Personnel (LAMP)

Utah Legal Services offers a great many clinics for the general public, which may be helpful to military families. Please see http://www.andjusticeforall.org for a legal resource guide, a list of legal clinics for the entire state, information on how to qualify for clinics, and so forth.

Attorneys interested in providing pro bono help to active duty military personnel should contact the Utah State Bar Pro Bono Coordinator by emailing Probono@utahbar.org or writing 645 S. 200 East, Suite 310, Salt Lake City, UT 84111.

The Utah Online Court Assistance Program (OCAP) is the official State of Utah website for assistance in preparing court documents if you are not able to have an attorney draft them for you: http://www.utcourts.gov/ocap/

Some military bases offer Non-Mission Related Legal Assistance to certain categories of beneficiaries as resources permit; one example is Hill AFB Legal Assistance Division; please see its FAQ for information on who they can and cannot assist, and the type of matter they can or cannot assist with.

Active duty service members can also consult the 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 Utah is here

There is a Utah State Bar Military Law Section:
"The purpose of the Military Law Section is to seek the participation of interested Bar members as well as other state and local bar associations in providing a forum for the interchange and dissemination of ideas in the area of Military Law, to facilitate the initiation and implementation of common projects, to increase camaraderie, to provide opportunities for networking, to monitor important legal issues, and to undertake other such services as may benefit its members, the legal profession, and the public. "
For more information on the section, see http://www.utahbar.org/sections/military/Welcome.html

You may also be interested in this blog, focused on Utah Veterans: Utah State VA Blog

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