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.
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.
Stephan P. Matthews, Office Manager
Stephan P. Matthews is the Office Manager for the Office for Access to Justice at the US Department of Justice. Previously, he worked in the Department's Office of Intergovernmental and Public Liaison and Office of Legislative Affairs. Before joining the Department, he worked with several nonprofit and private industry organizations in the Washington, D.C. area. As part of his commitment to public service he volunteers for several community outreach organizations and has served on the campaign committees of several Maryland town council members. Mr.Matthews is currently enrolled in school at the University of Maryland University College and is pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Business and Legal Studies.