Daniela Kraiem

Associate Director, Women and the Law Program
Practitioner-in-Residence

Office: 4910 Building - Suite 113
Phone: 202-274-4249
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Daniela Kraiem is the Associate Director of the Women and the Law Program and a Practitioner-in-Residence at American University Washington College of Law. Daniela collaborates with the students, faculty and staff to integrate gender into all aspects of legal education. When she is not teaching courses in gender and domestic policy, gender and international and comparative law and advanced legal writing, she fundraises for and coordinates grant-funded projects that connect the WCL community with the legal needs and concerns of women and LGBTI persons. These currently include the Student Debt and Education Justice Project, a new effort to address the legal and policy aspects of student debt, the Gender Jurisprudence Collections Project, which focuses on the prosecution of gender-based violence in conflict, and the Gender, Health and Justice Project, which promotes the use of human rights instruments and domestic law to improve the health of women and LGBTI persons. She supports WCL’s comprehensive gender and law curriculum, which includes twenty courses per year, as well as LLM specializations in “Gender and Law” in both domestic and international legal contexts. She works with students to plan substantive and career development events that encourage them to pursue activities and employment focused on gender justice.

Prior to joining the Washington College of Law, Daniela represented labor unions and workers as an associate at McCarthy, Johnson and Miller in San Francisco. As a staff attorney at the Child Care Law Center, she specialized in early childhood education workforce development, supporting small child care businesses, and increasing the availability of affordable, high quality child care for all children. Her legal research projects span student debt, long-term care, gender and health, and child care. She blogs about student debt at studentdebtjustice.org.



Currently Teaching

There are no classes currently associated with this professor.

Areas of Specialization

  • Gender and the Law

Degrees & Universities

  • J.D., University of California at Davis 1999
  • B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara 1996

  • Selected Publications

    • + More Publications...

    • Daniela Kraiem & Jennifer Reich, Writing Wrongs in Welfare: Why Legislating Morality Will Not Solve the Crisis of Poverty, 2 U.C. Davis J. Juv. L. & Policy 6 (1997).
  • + Selected Presentations

    • Daniela Kraiem, Panelist, The Cost of Opportunity: Student Debt and Social Mobility (Suffolk University School of Law and National Consumer Law Center Research Symposium on Student Debt, Bos., Mass., Apr. 2014).
    • Daniela Kraiem, Panelist, The Role of Parliaments in Implementing International Law (Parliament of Brazil Seminar for Legislators from Latin America and the Caribbean: Guaranteeing the Right to Maternal, Neonatal and Infant Health Brasilia, Braz., Dec. 2013).
    • Daniela Kraiem, Panelist, Student Debt and Education Justice: Charting a Research Agenda (Law and Society Annual Meeting, Bos, Mass., June 2013).
    • Daniela Kraiem, Organizer & Opening Remarks, Student Debt and Education Justice Project (Student Debt and Education Justice Inaugural Conference, American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Mar. 2013).
    • Daniela Kraiem, Panelist, Human Rights and Maternal Mortality (Reproductive Health and Safe Maternity: National Legislation in Conformity with Human Rights Law, World Health Organization, Dom. Rep., Mar. 2013).
    • Daniela Kraiem, Roundtable Discussion Leader, Gender Equality (American Bar Association Town Hall on Gender Equality, D.C., Oct. 2012).
    • Daniela Kraiem, Panel Chair & Moderator, Human Rights and Maternal Mortality (International Legal Studies Program 30th Anniversary Conference, American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Oct. 2012).
    • Daniela Kraiem, Opening Remarks, Women's Leadership: From the Past to the Future (She Leads! MsJD's 5th Annual Conference on Women and Law, American University Washington College of Law & Ms. JD, D.C., Oct. 2012).
    • Daniela Kraiem, Panelist, Immigration Reform and the Long-term Care Workforce (South Eastern Association of Law Schools Annual Conference, Amelia Island, Fla., Aug. 2012).
    • Daniela Kraiem, Invited Guest Lecture, Long Term Care: Future Trends (George Washington School of Public Health, George Washington University, D.C., July 2012).
    • Daniela Kraiem, Member of Organizing Committee, Panel Chair, & Moderator, Human Rights and the Prevention of Maternal Mortality (Inaugural Conference on Gender, Health and Human Rights, American University Washington College of Law, World Health Organization, D.C., Mar. 2012).
    • Daniela Kraiem, Member of Organizing Committee and Panelist Work in Progress Session, Immigration Reform and the Long-term Care Workforce (Law and Society Association Feminist Legal Theory CRN Workshop, D.C., Jan. 2012).
    • Daniela Kraiem, Panelist, Gender and Identity in International Law (PAHO Human Rights Day, Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Celebration, D.C., Dec. 2011).
    • Daniela Kraiem, Panelist, Immigration Reform and the Long-term Care Workforce (Law and Society Annual Meeting, S.F., June 2011).
    • Daniela Kraiem, Presentation, Pitied but Not Protected: Fair Labor Standards, Occupational Health and Safety, Workers’ Compensation and the In-home Long-term Care Workforce (The "New" American Workday: How 9 to 5 has become 24/7, American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Apr. 2011).
    • Daniela Kraiem, Speech, Closing Remarks (IP/Gender: Mapping the Connections, Gender and Traditional Cultural Expressions American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Apr. 2011).
    • Daniela Kraiem, Moderator, Gender Issues in Development: The Case of Violence against Women, National and International Initiatives (World Bank, Law and Justice Forum, D.C., Nov. 2010).
    • Daniela Kraiem, Keynote Speaker, Women’s Legal History in the United States: Challenges Past and Present (U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, “Women in Justice,” Academy for Educational Development, D.C., Sept. 2010).
    • Daniela Kraiem, Panelist, Consumer Direction in Long Term Care in the United States (Transforming Care: Provision, Quality and Inequalities in Late Life, Danish National Centre for Social Research, Copenhagen, Den., June 2010).
    • Daniela Kraiem, Panelist, The State of Long Term Care: Autonomy, Commodification and Community Resilience (Feminism and Legal Theory Conference, Emory School of Law, Atlanta, Ga., Mar. 2010).
    • Daniela Kraiem, Panelist, Disparities in Long Term Care: Defining Autonomy (Symposium on Health Care Disparities and Reform, American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Feb. 2010).
    • Daniela Kraiem, Panelist, Cash and Counseling: Long-Term Care Policy, Poverty and Family Life in the United States (Poverty and Economic Mobility, American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Oct. 2009).
    • Daniela Kraiem, Roundtable Organizer and Chair, Integrating Gender into Legal Education: Teaching Inequality in Law Schools (L. & Socy. Assn. Annual Meeting, Denver, Colo., May 2009).
    • Daniela Kraiem, Roundtable Organizer and Chair, Gender and Legal Education: The Place of Reproduction in the Law School Curriculum (L. & Socy. Assn. Annual Meeting, Can., May 2008).
    • Daniela Kraiem, Roundtable Organizer and Chair, Integrating Gender into Legal Education: Transforming Women’s Legal Status (L. & Socy. Assn. Annual Meeting, Berlin, Ger., July 2007).