Access to Justice Committee
The Committee meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month from noon to 1:00 p.m. We develop resources for attorneys and plan events to promote pro bono and community oriented legal services. In conjunction with Denver courts, the Committee sponsors an annual Legal Resource Day. We recognize and celebrate our colleagues who fulfill their ethical obligation to provide legal services to those unable to pay.
The Denver Bar Association’s Access to Justice Committee promotes pro bono and low cost legal services and serves as a forum for stakeholders to discuss and raise awareness about access to justice issues in our community.
Pro Bono Stars Main Page
The DBA Access to Justice Committee accepts nominations for Pro Bono Stars on a rolling basis throughout the year. If you would like to nominate someone as a Pro Bono Star, please email Virginia.McClerkin@denbar.org with subject “Pro Bono Star Nomination” and include the name and employer of the person you are nominating plus an explanation of the nominee’s pro bono work that you believe warrants recognition.
Katharine Lum (Katy) is an attorney with Lass Cooper & Ramp, LLC. Her practice focuses on family law at both the trial and appellate level. Katy is a member of the Family Law Section Executive Council, where she serves on the Amicus Committee and co-chairs the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Committee. Katy began providing pro bono legal services in law school through a student volunteer organization. She has been an active volunteer with Metro Volunteer Lawyers since becoming licensed to practice in Colorado. Katy participates in the MVL post-decree and unbundled clinics, where she provides consultations to parties seeking assistance with various aspects of their domestic relations matters. Katy was recognized for her outstanding participation in the post-decree clinic in 2020. She also takes full representation MVL family law cases. “My parents instilled in me the importance of serving my community at a young age. Particularly today when the vast majority of our community members cannot afford representation, I believe all attorneys in private practice have an ethical obligation to increase access to justice through pro bono work. Particularly in domestic relations, where 75-80% of litigants are self-represented, just an hour of consultation can go a long way, and a little information can have a huge impact. It is incredibly rewarding to be able to help my clinic and full representation clients feel organized, empowered, and in control of their own cases, which frequently involve the most important aspect of their lives—their families.”