Thursday, April 2, 2009

North Carolina Legal Assistance to Military Personnel (LAMP)

The legal community in North Carolina provides Legal Assistance to Military Personnel in a variety of ways.

For the Warrior Community

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

General-Purpose Resources

Servicemembers, veterans and their families are of course eligible to use the same resources as anyone else.

Private Practice Attorneys

Typically, a lawyer in private practice will listen to your situation for 15 or 20 minutes, then give you an idea about how to proceed, in general terms, without charging you anything. If the matter is something the lawyer can help you with, but must charge for, sometimes you can work out a military-family discount, especially if you are organized, polite and easy to work with.
The Findlaw website has a city-by-city list of lawyers interested in representing active-duty military personnel, military reservists, and veterans here.

For Lawyers

The North Carolina State Bar Association has a Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel whose website at http://www.nclamp.gov/ is laden with resources for the practitioner. As evidence of its quality, please note that the ABA used NCLamp materials as the basis of a SSCRA model handout, and googlebooks has uploaded its Military Divorce Handbook. Rather than enumerating NCLamp's resources here, it's more efficient to direct attorneys there.

NCBA has sponsored a number of direct-service efforts, such as the December 2008 Operation Legal Eagle. For other opportunities for service, see the NC Bar's county-by-county listing of pro bono opportunities.

Despite the comprehensiveness of that program, it is very likely that there are other North Carolina programs, sponsored by local bar associations, law schools, and others, that may be convenient ways for attorneys to provide legal aid to our warrior community. Anyone with more information on these or other programs are invited to contact me; the most convenient way is to add in a comment below. The purpose is service!
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1 comment:

Felix Chesterfield said...

Does anybody have any experience with these North Carolina Lawyers ?