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about ann mccollum

Ann is a general practice attorney in New Mexico, with a focus on criminal defense, education, tort and recreation law. She also provides contract legal support for firms and solo practitioners in research and writing, motions practice, pre-trial and trial litigation, and policy review and drafting. Ann serves as an expert witness for issues related to program risk management in summer camps and schools. 

Ann's legal and consulting services for schools and camps are grounded in 20+ years as an independent school and experiential educator and leader with 100+ weeks leading adolescents and adults in the field.  

We offer a range of legal and consulting services, all designed to help you address challenges inherent in managing your program's risk and legal exposure.  

Whether you are looking for a small tweak or complete overhaul, we have you covered. Our services are available a la carte so you can get precisely what you need.


  • University of New Mexico School of Law, J.D., 2016, cum laude
  • University of Virginia, Curry School of Education, M.Ed., 1993
  • Middlebury College (Vermont), B.A., 1986


  • McCollum Law and Consulting, LLC, 2018-present
  • Adams Crow Law Firm, 2017-2018
  • Matthews Fox, PC, 2016-2017
  • Montgomery & Andrews, PC, summer 2015​

Admission to Practice Law

  • New Mexico
  • Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, New Mexico
  • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Immigration Court

Professional Associations

  • New Mexico Bar Association
  • New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Colorado Bar Association

Education Professional -- Independent School Administrator and Faculty, 18 years 

  • Albuquerque Academy: Senior Class Dean, Experiential Education Department
  • St. Stephen’s School: Dean, Counselor, Religion Department, Coach
  • St. John’s School: Community Service Coordinator, History Department, Coach
  • St. Catherine’s School: Dorm Supervisor, Department of Religion

Program and Policy Consultant

  • Choate Rosemary Hall, Connecticut
  • St. Andrew's School, Texas
  • Berkshire School, Massachusetts
  • Envoys Global Education
  • Hackley School, New York
  • Hawken School, Ohio
  • Robert College, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Miami Valley School, Ohio
  • National Cathedral School, Washington, DC
  • Southern Utah University, Utah
  • Global Learning Across Borders, New York
  • Taylor Family Foundation, California
  • Native American Community Academy, New Mexico
  • Colorado Academy, Colorado
  • Cheley Colorado Camps, Colorado
  • American Cancer Society Camp Enchantment, New Mexico
  • City Kids to Wilderness Program, Maryland/Wyoming

Outdoor/Experiential Education

  • NOLS Graduate, National Outdoor Leadership School Instructors Course and Alaska Mountaineering Course
  • Wilderness First Responder (WFR) (certification not current)
  • Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (certification not current)
  • Backcountry Leader, over 100 weeks in the field leading adolescents on multi-day trips in mountain, desert, and river environments, including backpacking, hiking, climbing, canoeing, whitewater kayaking, high and low ropes, initiative games
  • Summer Camp Administrator and Backcountry Counselor, 11 years
  • Experiential Program Administrator, integrated curricular experiential program for high school seniors; required transitional experiences into the world of college and work through internships, mentorships, seminars, and independent projects.

Accreditation Reviewer

  • Association of Experiential Education (AEE)
  • Independent School Association of the Southwest (ISAS),
  • Association of Colorado Independent Schools (ACIS)

Trained Facilitator

  • Alpine Tower and Team Development Course (high and low ropes courses), including special needs facilitation

Conference Presenter

  • New Mexico Children's Law Institute
  • NBI, Continuing Legal Education
  • Wilderness Risk Managers Conference (WRMC)
  • National Business Officers Association (NBOA, Webinar, Symposium)
  • Mid-States Independent School Business Officers (MISBO)
  • Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS)
  • Independent School Association of the Southwest (ISAS)
  • Independent School Association of the Southwest, Business Officers
  • California Independent School Business Officers Association (Cal-ISBOA)
  • The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) Risk Management Conference
  • Association of Experiential Education International Conference (AEE)
  • Association of Experiential Education Rocky Mountain Region Conference (AEE RMR)
  • American Camp Association (ACA)
  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC)

Board and Committee Membership

  • Trustee, Center for Spirituality and Ethics in Education (CSEE) (2010 - 2019)
  • American Camp Association, National Standards Commission (past)
  • Committee Member, John Austin Cheley Foundation (past)

Community Engagement

  • Pro bono legal work, New Mexico
  • MS 150 Bike Ride, New Mexico
  • St. Michael's and All Angels Food Pantry, New Mexico
  • Faith in Practice, surgical/medical mission, Guatemala
  • The Mountain Fund, moving medical clinic, Nepal
  • Project Himalaya trek, collect and distribute needed supplies to Himalayan villages, Ladakh, India
  • Camp Enchantment, camp for children living with cancer, New Mexico
  • Camp Mak-A-Dream, camp for children and young adults living with cancer, Montana
  • Cheley Burn Camp, camp for severely burned children, Colorado

High altitude and remote trekking in Nepal and India Himalaya

Training Consultant
Training backcountry staff in backcountry practices, leadership, natural history, ethics, Leave No Trace, risk management, group management.

International Travel
Tibet cycling (Lhasa to Kathmandu incl. Everest Base Camp), Nepal trekking (regions of Khumbu and Everest Base Camp, Dolpo, Tamang), India trekking (Kanchenchunga, Sikkim, Ladakh), Nepal rafting, Ecuador (Galapagos Islands), Guatemala (Antigua Medical mission)

United States Wilderness Travel
Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming, Montana, Alaska, Texas, Virginia, North Carolina, Vermont

Avid road cyclist and Zwifter!