Karen A. Lash

Former Deputy Director for the Office for Access to Justice, U.S. Department of Justice

Karen Lash is a former Deputy Director for the Office for Access to Justice at the U.S. Department of Justice, and the first Executive Director of the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable. In 2014, she received the Attorney General’s 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.