Our first training program was “No Family Left Behind”, a 3.5-hour CLE July 9, 2008 at WSBA in Seattle. Kudos to the excellent presenters who donated their time!

Video: Most of this program was taped, and it is our intention to make the video available for the education of lawyers and the public.


Introduction to the Program
CPT Alex Straub, MAJ Matt Cooper and Adam Torem

Introduction to Citizen-Soldiers – The Washington National Guard
Sergeant First Class (SFC) Gonzalez, WA National Guard Recruiter, Camp Murray

  • History
  • Mission
  • Who is the citizen-soldier of the National Guard?
  • Domestic mission – safeguarding lives and property during times of emergency, homeland defense, and other duties as assigned by the Governor
  • Overseas mission – in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other places

Military-Specific Legal Assistance Overview
Presenters: Alex Straub & Robert Davis

General Civil Legal Assistance – Topical Overviews – Part I
Steve Fredrickson, Northwest Justice Project

  • Landlord-tenant issues

General Ethical Considerations for Volunteer Attorneys
Adam Torem

  • RPCs
  • Scope of Representation – Advice vs. Representation
  • Confidentiality Requirements

General Civil Legal Assistance – Topical Overviews – Part II + Q&A

Panel of Presenters:

  • Estate planning – MAJ Matthew Cooper
  • Overview of available military legal assistance estate planning services
  • Introduction to Drafting Libraries (DL) Wills software
  • Healthcare Directives (living wills)
  • Powers of Attorney (general, special, medical, financial, etc.)
  • Consumer law – Patrick Burpee and AAG Mary Lobdell
  • Immigration law – Mr. Michael O. Humphrey, Sr .Paralegal Specialist, NLSO NW
  • Family law – John Morgan
  • Ethical Considerations in Family Law
    John Morgan


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