New Perimeter Announces Maha Jweied as Advisory Board Co-chair

New Perimeter, DLA Piper’s nonprofit affiliate, is pleased to announce that Maha Jweied has assumed the role of co-chair of its Advisory Board, alongside Mark Ellis, executive director of the International Bar Association. New Perimeter provides long-term pro bono legal assistance in under-served regions around the world, and its Advisory Board is comprised of justice experts and thought leaders from the public and private sectors who provide guidance on New Perimeter’s initiatives.

 Jweied, who was previously a member of the Advisory Board, directs a consultancy working with a number of nonprofit and multilateral organizations. She leverages insight gained after nearly 12 years in the executive branch of the US government.

Previously, she served as acting director of the US Department of Justice’s Office for Access to Justice, the primary office in the executive branch supporting indigent defense and civil legal aid for low-income and underserved communities. In that role, she also served as the executive director of the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable. While with the DOJ, Jweied represented the US government as its indigent defense and legal aid expert in bilateral settings and multilateral meetings and negotiations at the United Nations, the Organization of American States, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the Open Government Partnership and the International Legal Aid Group.

“Maha’s deep experience in the area of access to justice has been an invaluable asset to New Perimeter since she joined the Advisory Board in 2019,” said Sara Andrews and Claire Donse, New Perimeter co-directors. “We are delighted that Maha’s significant contributions will be amplified in her new role as Advisory Board co-chair, and we look forward to working closely with her and to benefitting from her leadership.”

“I’m honored to serve in this role with Mark and join Sara, Claire and the dynamic group of board members to advance New Perimeter’s innovative model for tapping private sector talent and resources to support access to justice and the rule of law,” Jweied said. “It’s a special privilege for me personally to step into the co-chair position previously held by Mary McClymont – a true visionary and champion of the equal access to justice community in the United States and around the globe.”