White House Nominates New Head of Justice Programs
By Andrew Feinberg | February 12, 2013 12:55 pm

The White House on Tuesday announced the nomination of Alston & Bird LLP partner Karol V. Mason to serve as the new Assistant Attorney General for Justice Programs.

Karol Mason

Mason, an Atlanta resident, would replace Mary Lou Leary, who has served in an acting capacity since the departure of Assistant Attorney General Laurie O. Robinson in March 2012. If confirmed by the Senate, Mason will be responsible for working with state, local and tribal law enforcement to arrange grants and training, as well as for implementing best practices and coordinating strategies to identify and address local challenges confronting the justice system.

The University of Michigan Law School graduate is no stranger to the Justice Department, having served as a Deputy Associate Attorney General from 2009 to 2012. Mason was awarded the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award in 2011.

And on Feb. 1, the White House announced the intended appointment of Robert Listenbee Jr. as administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention at the Department of Justice. Listenbee since 1997 has been Chief of the Juvenile Unit of the Defender Association of Philadelphia. He serves on the advisory board of the National Juvenile Defender Center and is a board member and former President of the Juvenile Defenders Association of Pennsylvania.

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