About Us

We offer compassionate civil legal representation.

Our work at JAMLAC is urgent — we walk alongside our neighbors as they face life-altering legal challenges and strengthen their ability to thrive, not just survive.

Our Mission

We derive our name, Justice and Mercy, and our mission from the scriptural verse Micah 6:8, “what does the Lord require of you? To do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” We live out this call in our work at JAMLAC by seeking justice for people struggling with poverty and oppression. We do this in a way that affirms the client’s dignity and strengthens their capacity to positively direct their own lives.

Our Vision and Values

By providing culturally sensitive civil legal services and defending the cause of the poor and needy, JAMLAC’s Vision is to enhance the quality of lives and create healthy communities where all people have access to justice, live free from abuse, are empowered, and thrive in the community.

You can read more about JAMLAC’s core values and our motivation to care for the poor here.

Our History

Co-founders Steve Thompson and Sulma Mendoza opened JAMLAC’s doors in 2006 in response to a deep desire to fight injustice that those struggling with poverty face. JAMLAC began in a converted motel room at Joshua Station and served 96 clients the first year. Now, in a much bigger space, we have 17 staff members and help 1,500-2,000 people annually.

Our Partners

Collaboration is integral to the success of JAMLAC and the people we serve.

Our Team

Our team of attorneys, paralegals and administrators are committed to bridging the gap between our clients and the justice they seek.

Steve Thompson

Lead Servant & Senior Attorney


Jose Escobar

Associate Director & Family Law Attorney


Sulma Mendoza

Immigration Director


Nikki Koster

Director Of Development


Marlene Bedoya

Communications Director and Development Officer


Elizabeth Davidson

Family Law Attorney & Office Manager


Amy Enriquez

Rosanna Mendoza-Rios

Claudia Rueda

McKenna Newsum Schoenberg

Immigration Attorney


Carmen Stevens

Department of Justice Accredited Representative


Vicky Guerrero

Immigration Paralegal & Workshop Coordinator


Janette Torreblanca

Victim Advocate


Aide Salazar Zetina

Bilingual Navigator


Alexander Holmes

Alexander Holmes

Family Law Attorney Fellow


Angela Mendoza

Angela Mendoza

Family Law Paralegal


Angela Mendoza

Carina De La Torre

Immigration Law Clerk


Alexander Holmes

Oscar Mendoza

Family Law Paralegal


Alexander Holmes

Nayeli Torreblanca

Front Desk Clerk


Alexander Holmes

Gloria Diaz

Immigration Paralegal


Alexander Holmes

Donavon Bright

Development Coordinator


Alexander Holmes

Aracely Enriquez

Front Desk Clerk


Our Board

Douglas Griess

Board Chair

Partner, Hackstaff & Snow

Michelle Ferrigno Warren

Board Vice Chair

President, Virago Strategies

Jeff Messer

Board Treasurer

CFO, ToolWatch

Jim Helfrich

Partner, Allen Velltone Wolf Helfrich & Factor, P.C.

Thom Scheffel

Partner, TNS Associates, P.C.

Heidi Messer

Director of Accounting, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

Scott Lumpkin

Principal, Scott R. Lumpkin & Associates LLC – Philanthropic Advisory Services

Maria Sierra

Housing Navigator CPLP, Colorado Poverty Law Project

Penny Salazar-Phillips, LCSW

Director, Leader & Intern Formation Experience

Wes Hayes

Vice President, Bank of America

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