Experienced New York Legal Ethics and Bar Admission Counsel
Kelly L. McCollum has over a decade of experience advocating on behalf of New York lawyers and prospective applicants to the New York bar. Ms. McCollum spent her first five years of practice as an associate at the Law Offices of Michael S. Ross, a preeminent attorney ethics firm in Manhattan, where she worked on a broad range of disciplinary matters, bar admission matters, reinstatement matters, and ethics counseling matters. In 2015, Ms. McCollum founded her own law office where she has continued her focus on various ethics matters, with a special focus of bar admission-related work.
Ms. McCollum’s experience in the New York disciplinary arena encompasses all stages of the disciplinary process, from investigation through Appellate Division review, and includes representing a variety of practitioners in complex and practice-area specific matters. Ms. McCollum has substantial experience counseling clients on a variety of New York bar admission matters, representing clients in the admissions and character and fitness review process, applying for admission without examination (admission on motion), legal consultant licensing, and registration as New York in-house counsel. She has also represented clients in formal disciplinary charge proceedings before the New York Board of Law Examiners in connection with misconduct issues arising in the course of the New York Bar Examination.
Ms. McCollum resides in Connecticut with her husband and two young children. She is a 2008 graduate of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in Manhattan, and a 2003 graduate of the Great Books program at St. Johns College in Annapolis, Maryland, where she studied the foundational works of western philosophy, mathematics and sciences. Prior to entering law school in 2005, she worked for two years in New London, Connecticut, as an administrator and director of a non-profit community development partnership. Ms. McCollum is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and the New York County Lawyer’s Association.