Karen graduated from Harvard Law School in 2009 where she also served as the Executive Editor of the Civil Rights – Civil Liberties Law Review.
Karen is an experienced post-conviction defense attorney and has represented indigent clients who have been wrongly served by society and the criminal justice system for over a decade. Before she began as a staff attorney with the Arizona Justice Project in 2019, Karen was worked as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Capital Habeas Unit of the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the District of Arizona. There, she represented death- sentenced clients in federal and state habeas proceeding in Arizona and Nevada.
Karen’s passion for helping those who have been wrongfully imprisoned has always been a part of her work, including in her pro bono cases she worked an Associate at Sidley Austin LLP in Washington, DC. In 2017, Karen greeted one of her capital clients, Ha’im Sharif, on the day he was released from prison. Ha’im served twenty-nine years on death row for a crime he did not commit. One of her greatest joys has been watching Ha’im grow and contribute to society as he has readjusted to life outside of prison.