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21
Aug

Friday 5: Reasons to Get Involved with the Washington First Responder Will Clinic

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How your volunteer service helps Washington’s first responders.

A group of coworkers sitting in an office and having a meetingHave you heard of the Washington First Responder Will Clinic? This volunteer-driven program provides support, services, and resources to eligible first responders and their families. Read more »

8
Jan

The Spirit of Giving: Volunteer Ideas for Lawyers

Giving really is better than receiving! Here are five volunteer ideas for 2015.

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

-Mahatma Gandhi

It’s the time of year when many people think about giving back. And according to Psychology Today, giving isn’t just theoretically better than receiving – it’s been scientifically proven. In the spirit of giving, we give you some ideas and resources for finding volunteer opportunities in the new year. Good news! There are many, many opportunities out there.

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7
Apr

Volunteer Opportunity: Help Oso Mudslide Victims

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Learn how you can be part of the Snohomish County Bar Association’s efforts to help mudslide victims
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The Snohomish County Bar Association and Snohomish County Legal Services are in the process of coordinating efforts to provide pro bono legal assistance to victims of the tragic Oso mudslide.

Many groups and individuals have already rallied to meet the immediate needs of victims, but the need for legal assistance will only grow in the weeks and months to come.  In the coming weeks, SCBA and SCLS would like to set up at least two legal clinics in the north Snohomish County area clinic connecting those adversely impacted by this tragedy with volunteer attorneys who may be able to assist with a variety of legal issues, including probate, wills, real estate, FEMA, creditor/debtor, and insurance matters. Read more »

2
Apr

Recognizing Young Lawyers’ Community Service: The Public Service Incentive Award

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Learn more about this quarterly award for new attorneys. Next deadline is June 23.

WYLCI refuse to accept the legal profession as merely a service industry. Attorneys provide more to clients, the public, and democracy than just a service. But the profession has monetized itself to make attorneys sometimes more akin to salesman who peddle wares than professionals who advocate justice. It’s for this reason that now, perhaps more than before, the legal profession must recognize those attorneys who remain stalwart in their public service. Read more »

18
Dec

A Call to Duty: Contrary to Popular Belief, You Can Take Pro Bono VA Benefit Cases

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Learn more about taking VA benefits cases.

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You may have heard in recent news reports that the Department of Veterans Affairs is finally putting a dent in the backlog of veterans’ benefits claims. Claims that have been pending for more than 125 days are characterized as “backlog.” The VA’s goal is to eliminate the backlog of compensation claims pending for more than 125 days by the end of 2015.

You Can Assist In This Backlog

Attorneys can become involved in the VA claim process at the initial level of the VA, as well as by taking an active role in the adjudication process in advance of traditional appellate litigation. There are several benefits a veteran can claim through the VA. However, most of the VA denial-of-benefits cases, and the legal practice surrounding those denials, focus on veterans’ disability claims. Read more »