About Steve Grumm

I’m a nonprofit administrator/public interest lawyer based in Lancaster, PA.  I’ve worked in the civil legal aid/pro bono community, and then more recently in the bar association world.  Philadelphia is always home, but I’ve lived in DC, Chicago, and Idaho among other places.

I like figuring out how people and families who don’t have money but who do have legal problems can meaningfully access our justice system.  I also like focusing on how law students and junior attorneys will emerge as the next generation of leaders.  I’ve been lucky to build a career out of this work.

This blog shares/discusses news from the bar association, legal aid, pro bono, and legal education arenas.  There will also be music, odds, ends, and other assorted wonders that catch my eye.

Particulars about me:

  • Bio (see below)
  • Twitter: @SteveGrumm
  • Email: sgrumm[at]hotmail[dot]com


Steve Grumm is the executive director of the Lancaster Bar Association and its charitable foundation.

Prior to joining the LBA, Steve directed the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Resource Center for Access to Justice Initiatives, and served also as associate counsel to the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono & Public Service. Steve provided support and technical assistance to state supreme courts, as well as state bar and civil legal aid officials to nurture the creation and expansion of state-based commissions on access to civil justice. He also advanced the ABA’s efforts to promote best practices and innovation in pro bono work.

Before joining the ABA Steve served as Director of Public Service Initiatives with NALP. He focused on recruitment, retention, and professional development issues affecting public interest attorneys.  Steve presided over national survey efforts and managed the redesign of a database-driven website, on top of public-education engagements.

Steve began his career as a legal aid lawyer with Philadelphia VIP, where he helped to launch a pro bono project focused on community economic development. Steve is a past president and board member of the Washington Council of Lawyers, the District of Columbia’s voluntary public interest bar association.


5 thoughts on “About Steve Grumm

    • Steve Grumm May 26, 2015 / 9:31 am

      Mr. P: thanks, brother. I owe you an email and look forward to being back in touch.



  1. Tori May 27, 2015 / 9:24 am

    Hey Steve, great to see you online and writing! I hope to see some great pictures of the beautiful Tetons.


  2. Karen Comstock June 23, 2015 / 1:31 pm


    Wyoming! Good for you. If nature doesn’t cure what ails ya nothing will. I hope all is well.

    Karen Comstock


  3. Cathy Carr August 17, 2015 / 5:03 pm

    Thanks for all your work. Hadn’t heard about the ABA picking up Patti’s article (and I’m chair of that board!). So appreciative of your work. Cathy


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