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