Volunteering ideas for lawyers

The Spirit of Giving: Volunteer Ideas for Lawyers

“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 […]

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Volunteer Opportunity: Help Oso Mudslide Victims

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

Learn more about taking VA benefits cases. 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 […]

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A Call to Duty: We’re readying our corps to serve Washington’s veterans

 Learn more about WSBA Call to Duty and other resources to help you serve veterans. There are over 607,501 veterans in our state. A surge of service members will soon return from Afghanistan to their families, their jobs, and our communities. Veterans face distinct barriers to successful reintegration into civilian life. The number of military […]

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Honoring our Veterans

Read 5 milestones, updates, and ways to get involved in supporting our service members this Veterans Day. Veterans Day became a federal holiday in 1954 under President Eisenhower’s administration. The purpose of Veterans Day is to honor all veterans for their service, sacrifice, and patriotism during times of peace and conflict. Lawyers have and continue […]

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A Chat with the Judge

Read attorney Autumn Johnson’s three takeways from her interview with appellate Judge Maxa. Recently, I had the opportunity to interview newly appointed Court of Appeals, Division II, Judge Bradley Maxa. The trial lawyers association, Washington State Association for Justice (formerly WSTLA) asked me to write a profile of Judge Maxa for their publication Trial News. […]

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4 Pro Bono Tips for Younger Attorneys

Attorney Jordan Miller offers 4 tips to help new attorneys fit pro bono work into their careers. As lawyers, we have a professional responsibility to provide free legal services to those unable to pay. But for many of us, our pro bono obligations get lost somewhere among the demands of our everyday practice and our […]

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