Meet the Staff

Karen Lash, Deputy Director, Executive Director of the White House Legal Aid Interagency Rountable 

Karen A. Lash is a Deputy Director for the Office for Access to Justice at the US Department of Justice, and the Executive Director of the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable. In 2014, she received the John Marshall Award for Outstanding Legal Achievement for Participation in Litigation. Before joining the Department, she was a consultant for law schools and nonprofits, including the Mississippi Center for Justice, American Constitution Society, National Legal Aid and Defender Association, and the law schools at UC Irvine and UC Berkeley. She has served as Equal Justice Works VP of Programs, University of Southern California Law School Associate Dean, Public Counsel's Child Care Law Project Director, Tuttle & Taylor associate, and clerk to US Ninth Circuit court of Appeals Judge Warren J. Ferguson. Lash co-chaired the California Access to Justice Commission, and has helped establish legal clinics in Moldova, Ukraine, Slovakia, Cambodia, Kyrgyzstan, Serbia and Macedonia. Lash has a B.A. from UCLA and a J.D. from USC Law School.

Maha Jweied, Deputy Director

Maha Jweied is a Deputy Director for the Office for Access to Justice at the US Department of Justice where she oversees the office's tribal justice and international work. Previously, she was a senior attorney-advisor at the US Commission on Civil Rights, a litigation associate at Arent Fox LLP, and spent time at Mizan Law Group for Human Rights, a legal aid office in Amman, Jordan. She served as a law clerk to Judge Shahabuddeen of the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Jweied received her J.D. from Columbia Law School, LL.M. from the London School of Economics, and B.A. from The George Washington University.

Bob Bullock, Senior Counsel

Bob Bullock is a Senior Counsel for the Office for Access to Justice at the US Department of Justice where he works on a range of issues related to civil legal aid and criminal indigent defense. He worked at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for six years on budget and policy issues related to criminal justice, among other things. Bullock first joined the Federal government as a Presidential Management Fellow at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Prior to that, he was a civil Legal Services attorney in North Carolina and California, specializing in housing and consumer protection law. He received his master's degree in public policy (M.P.P.) from UCLA, J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill, and A.B. from Guilford College.

Ben Hernandez-Stern, Special Counsel

Ben Hernandez-Stern is a Special Counsel for the Office for Access to Justice at the US Department of Justice.  He is on detail from the Office of Justice Programs, where he works on a variety of civil rights matters.  Before joining the Department, Hernandez-Stern worked at the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  He also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney, worked at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP as a litigation associate, and clerked for the Honorable Harry Pregerson of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.  Hernandez-Stern is a Major in the United States Air Force Reserve and a veteran of the Iraq War.  He received a B.A. in History from Brown University and a J.D. from Stanford University. 

Paul Killebrew, Senior Counsel

Paul Killebrew is a Senior Counsel for the Office for Access to Justice at the US Department of Justice. He is on detail from the Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section, where he investigates patterns or practices of constitutional violations by law enforcement officers. Prior to that, Killebrew served as a staff attorney at Innocence Project New Orleans, where he represented prisoners who had been convicted of crimes they did not commit and won the release and exoneration of men who had served decades of wrongful incarceration. Following law school, Killebrew clerked for the Honorable William J. Haynes, Jr., of the US District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. Killebrew received his B.A. in English and Political Science from the University of Georgia and J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Allie Yang-Green, Senior Counsel

Allie Yang-Green is a Senior Counsel for the Office for Access to Justice at the US Department of Justice. Prior to joining this office, Yang-Green was a trial attorney at the US Department of Justice, Tax Division. Prior to that, Yang-Green was a legal aid attorney handling family law, domestic violence, housing and consumer matters at the Legal Services of Northern Virginia. Yang-Green also worked for Polaris Project, an anti-human trafficking organization. Yang-Green received a B.A. in Ethics, Politics and Economics from Yale University and J.D. from University of Virginia.

Updated December 6, 2016