Ann Shalleck

Professor of Law
Director of the Women and the Law Program
Carrington Shields Scholar

Office: Room 434
Phone: 202-274-4152
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Professor Shalleck is a Professor of Law at WCL and the Carrington Shields Scholar. She founded and directs the Women and the Law Program and Women and International Law Program. She teaches the Women & the Law Clinic, Family Law, Feminist Theory and a seminar on Legal Theory and Legal Pedagogy. She writes and lectures widely about gender and the law, clinical education, gender and international law, and family law. She is active in national and international efforts to reshape the law school curriculum and legal pedagogy. She has served in many capacities for the Association of American Law Schools and was a member of the Board of the Society of American Law Teachers. Professor Shalleck was a member of the DC Task Force on Gender Bias in the Courts. Her writing focuses on clinical education, feminist theory, family law and child neglect.



Areas of Specialization

  • Children and the Law
  • Clinical Legal Education
  • Family and Juvenile Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • Gender and the Law
  • Jurisprudence
  • Teaching Methods
  • Women in Legal Education

Degrees & Universities

  • J.D., Harvard Law School 1978
  • A.B., Bryn Mawr College 1971

  • Selected Publications

    • + More Publications...

    • Books

    • Ann Shalleck, Claudio Grossman, Programa de Derecho de la Mujer y Derecho Internacional in Genero y Derecho, in (Coleccion Contrasena, Estedios de Genero, Alda Facio, Lorena Fries, 2000).
    • Ann Shalleck, Child Custody and Child Neglect: Parenthood in Legal Practice and Culture in Mothers In Law: Feminist Theory and the Legal Regulation of Motherhood (Colum. U. Press 1995).
    • Ann Shalleck & Mark Hardin, Court Rules to Achieve Permancy for Foster Children: Sample Rules and Commentary (ABA 1985).
    • Ann Shalleck & Richard Gold, Child Dependency Cases: Strategies and Developments in State Court Litigation (Children's Defense Fund June 1980).
    • Other Publications

    • Christine Haight Farley, Peter Jaszi, Victoria Phillips, Joshua Sarnoff, & Ann Shalleck, Clinical Legal Education and the Public Interest in Intellectual Property Law, 52 St. Louis U. L.J. 735 (2008).
    • Ann Shalleck, Preparing a Presentation for a Clinical Conference or Workshop: Presentation Techniques, AALS Planning Committee (2006).
    • Ann Shalleck, Institutions and the Development of Legal Theory: The Significance of the Feminism & Legal Theory Project, 13 Am. U. J. Gender Soc. Policy & L. 7 (2005).
    • Ann Shalleck, Offspring and Bodies: Dependency and Vulnerability in the Constitutional Jurisprudence of Reproductive Rights, 13 Am U. J. Gender Soc. Policy & L. 7 (2005).
    • Ann Shalleck, Pedogogical Subversion in Clinical Teaching: The Women & the Law Clinic and the Intellectual Property Clinic as Legal Archeology, 13 Tex. Women’s L.J. 113 (2004).
    • Ann Shalleck, Robert Dinerstein, Stephen Ellmann, Isabelle Gunning, Connection, Capacity and Morality in Lawyer-Client Relationships: Dialogues and Commentary, 10 Clinical L. Rev. 755 (2004). SSRN Link
    • Ann Shalleck, Unburdening the Right to Abortion: Casey’s Undue Burden Standard, 10 Am. U. J. Gender Soc. Policy & L. 255 (2001).
    • Ann Shalleck, Transforming Women’s Legal Status: Integrating Gender into Legal Education, Conference Proceedings, The Gender Dimension of Human Rights, 8 Am. U. J. Gender Soc. Policy & L. 197 (2000).
    • Tammy Horn & Ann Shalleck, Foundational Myths and the Reality of Dependency: The Role of Marriage, 8 Am. U. J. Gender Soc. Policy & L. 197 (2000).
    • Ann Shalleck, Introduction: Symposium-Unbending Gender: Why Familes and Work Conflict and What to Do About It, 49 Am. U.L. Rev. 102 (1999).
    • Ann Shalleck, Feminist Theory and Feminist Method: Transforming the Experience of the Classroom, 7 Am. U. J. Gender Soc. Policy & L. 229 (1999).
    • Ann Shalleck, Susan Carle, Peter Jaszi & Marlana Valdez, Experience as Text: The History of Externship Pedagogy at the Washington College of Law, American University, 5 Clin. L. Rev. 403 (1999).
    • Ann Shalleck, Theory and Experience in Constructing the Relationship Between Lawyer and Client: Representing Women Who Have Been Abused, 64 Tenn. L. Rev. 1019 (1997).
    • Ann Shalleck, Revisitig Equality: Feminist Thought About Intermediate Scrutiny, 6 Am. U. J. Gender & L. 31 (1997).
    • Ann Shalleck, Report to the Joint Committee on Judicial Administration, District of Columbia Courts, in Implementation of Recommendations of the Tast Force on Gedner Bias in the Courts Concerning Family Law ( July 1993).
    • Ann Shalleck, Clinical Contexts: Theory and Practice in Law and Supervision, 21 N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change 109 ().
    • Ann Shalleck, Constructions of the Client With Legal Education, 45 Stan. L. Rev. 1731 (1993-1994).
    • Ann Shalleck, Feminist Legal Theory and the Reading of O'Brien v. Canard, 57 Mo. L. Rev. 371 (1992).
    • Ann Shalleck, The Feminist Transformation of Lawyering: A Response to Naomi Cahn, 43 Hastings L.J. 1071 (1992).
    • Ann Shalleck, Report of the Women and the Law Project: Gender Bias and the Law School Curriculum, 38 J. Leg. Educ. 97 (Mar./June 1988).
    • Ann Shalleck, Using P.L. 96-272 and 'Reasonable Efforts' in Pennsylvania Dependency Litigation, 3 Children's Rights Chronicle No. 2 (May 1984).
    • Ann Shalleck & Mark Hardin, The Rights of Children Living Apart from Their Parents, in The Legal Rights of Children (Shephard's/McGraw-Hill 1984).
  • + Selected Works in Progress

    • Ann Shalleck, Narrative Theory and Practice: Client Desire, Client Choice, and the Lawyer-Client Relationship, (in progress).
    • Ann Shalleck, Telling and Hearing Clients’ Narratives of Vulnerability: Narrative Theory and Reframing Equality, (in progress).
    • Ann Shalleck, Toward a Jurisprudence of Clinical Thought, (in progress).
    • Ann Shalleck, The Interpenetration of Family and State: The Structural Connection between Family Law and Social Welfare Law in the Assignment of the Right to Child Support, (in progress).
  • + Selected Presentations

    • Ann Shalleck, Moderator, Visibility Matters: Forgotten Issues, Forgotten Women (Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law Symposium, Gender Matters: Women, Social Policy, and the 2012 Election, Apr. 2, 2013).
    • Ann Shalleck, Plenary Session, The Changing Face of Clinical Legal Education: Models, Pedagogies, and Opportunities for Transfer (2013 AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education, Apr. 2013).
    • Ann Shalleck, Presentation, View from the Clinical Stance: A Narrative of Domestic Violence Court (Faculty Colloquium Presentation, University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Ga., Mar. 4, 2013).
    • Ann Shalleck, Discussant, Roundtable with Clinical Faculty (University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Ga., Mar. 4, 2013).
    • Ann Shalleck, Presentation, Concluding Remarks: The Role of Legal Academia in the Addressing the Causes and Consequences of Student Debt (Student Debt and Education Justice Project Inaugural Conference, WCL Women and the Law Program, D.C., Mar. 2013).
    • Ann Shalleck, Discussant, The Intersection between Pro Bono and Lawyer Professional Development (National Association of Law Placement Roundtable, Hosted by Jenner & Block, LLP,, Jan. 2013).
    • Ann Shalleck, Presentation, Wrongful Birth: Torts, Reproductive Rights, and Disability Law (WCL 1st Year Integrated Curriculum, American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Oct. 2012).
    • Ann Shalleck, Presentation, Seeing the Invisible: Reading a Case for Gender (WCL 1st Year Integrated Curriculum, American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Oct. 2012).
    • Ann Shalleck, Presentation, How We Teach: The Classroom (2012 Georgetown Summer Institute on Clinical Teaching, D.C., June 2012).
    • Ann Shalleck, Presentation, Supervision Rounds: Small Group Leader (2012 Georgetown Summer Institute on Clinical Teaching, D.C., June 2012).
    • Ann Shalleck, Presentation, Overview of Implications for Clinical Educators of Proposed Changes to Accreditation Standards (The Status of Clinical Educators – Today and Beyond, 2012 AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education, Apr. 30 - May 3, 2012).
    • Ann Shalleck, Presentation, Curriculum Reform: Critical Reflection (WCL Clinical Porgram, D.C., Mar. 19, 2012).
    • Ann Shalleck, Presentation, Jurisprudence and the Clinic Seminar (Southern Clinical Conference, University of Tennessee Law School, Knoxville, Tenn., Mar. 16, 2012).
    • Ann Shalleck, Presentation, The Theory and Practice of Clinical Education: The Book (American University Washington College of Law Faculty Speakers Series, D.C., Jan. 2012).
    • Ann Shalleck, Presentation, Developments in Legal Regulation of the Academy (AALS Workshop on the Future of the Legal Profession: Implications for Legal Education, Jan. 2012).
    • Ann Shalleck, Presentation, Issues in the ABA’s Comprehensive Review of Accreditation Standards (Professional Responsibility: Law School Accreditation, Federalist Society 2011 National Lawyers Convention, Nov. 2011).
    • Ann Shalleck, Presentation, Seeing the Invisible: Reading a Case for Gender (WCL 1st Year Integrated Curriculum, American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Oct. 2011).
    • Ann Shalleck, Presentation, Major Themes in Curricular Reform (WCL Clinical Program, American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Sept. 2011).
    • Ann Shalleck, Presentation, Clinical Education: Its Role in Legal Education & Social Justice (Humphrey Fellows Colloquium, American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Sept. 2011).
    • Ann Shalleck, Plenary Panelist, Core Values that Shape a 21st Century Legal Education (Learning for Transfer: (Re)conceptualizing What We Do in Clinics and Across the Curriculum, 2011 AALS Conferences on the Future of the Law School Curriculum and on Clinical Legal Education, June 2011).
    • Ann Shalleck, Commentator, Scholarship Workshop: Technology, Relationship and the Right to a Human Mother (Meanings and Context of Gender Equality: Gender and the Family, AALS 2011 Workshop on Women Rethinking Equality, June 2011).
    • Ann Shalleck, Presentation, View from the Clinical Stance: A Narrative of Domestic Violence Court (Clinical Stance: Scholarship for Social Action, 2011 Law and Society Annual Meeting, June 2011).
    • Ann Shalleck, Presentation, Changing Accreditation Standards: Consequences for Legal Education (AALS Workshop on Regulation of the Legal Profession and the Legal Academy, May 2011).
    • Ann Shalleck, Opening Remark's, Family Law Exceptionalism, Gender, and Traditional Cultural Expression (8th Annual IP/Gender: Mapping the Connections, Gender and Traditional Cultural Expressions, Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, Women and the Law Program, American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Apr. 2011).
    • Ann Shalleck, Open Forum Discussion, SRC Meeting, AALS Presentation (ABA Standards Review Committee, Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, Apr. 2011).
    • Ann Shalleck, Presentation, Proposed Changes in the Accreditation of Law Schools (WCL Faculty Speaker Series, American University Washington College of Law, D.C, Mar. 2011).
    • Ann Shalleck, Presentation, Impact of Proposed Changes in ABA Accreditation Standards on Legal Education (AALS Executive Committee Program, 2011 AALS Annual Meeting, Jan. 2011).
    • Ann Shalleck, Presentation, The Feminist Academic Challenge to Legal Education: Creating Sites for Change (Feminist Theory/Feminist Practice, Challenging Boundaries in Legal Education: A Symposium Honoring Clare Dalton’s Contributions as a Scholar and Advocate, Northeastern University School of Law, Bos, Mass., Nov. 2010).
    • Ann Shalleck, Presentation, The Road Forward (Legal Education Reform after Carnegie: Bringing Law-in-Action into the Law School Classroom, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis., Oct. 2010).
    • Ann Shalleck, Plenary Presentation, Lawyers and Clients: Critical Issues in Interviewing and Counseling (New York Law School Clinical Theory Workshop 25th Anniversary Conference, N.Y.C., N.Y., Oct. 2010).
    • Ann Shalleck, Presentation, Toward a Jurisprudence of Clinical Thought: Investigating the Contours, Urges, Trajectories (Ethics, Jurisprudence, and Engagement with Clients, New York Law School Clinical Theory Workshop 25th Anniversary Conference, N.Y.C., N.Y., Oct. 2010).
    • Ann Shalleck, Presentation, Seeing the Invisible: Reading a Case for Gender (WCL 1st Year Integrated Curriculum, American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Oct. 2010).
    • Ann Shalleck, Presentation, Goals and Future of Clinical Legal Education (AALS Workshop for New Law School Clinical Teachers, June 2010).
    • Ann Shalleck, Presentation, The Visionary and the Skeptic: Exploring How Critical Theory and Clinical Theory and Practice Can Inform Each Other (AAlS Conference on Clinical Legal Education, May 2010).
    • Ann Shalleck, Presentation, WCL First Year Integrated Curriculum (Reading Roe, Casey and Carhart: Stories of Women , American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Apr. 2010).
    • Ann Shalleck, Opening Remarks, Gender and Invention (WCL Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, Women and the Law Program, 7th Annual IP/Gender: Mapping the Connections, American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Apr. 2010).
    • Ann Shalleck, Presentation, Narrative Theory in the Lawyer Client Relationship (Stanford Law School Clinical Faculty Workshop, Mar. 2010).
    • Ann Shalleck, Presentation, Narrative Theory & Practices (WCL Faculty Workshop, American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Mar. 2010).
    • Ann Shalleck, Presentation, Assignment of Support Masking as Poverty Reduction (WCL Conference on Poverty & Economic Mobility, American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Oct. 2009).
    • Ann Shalleck, Presentation, Seeing the Invisible: Gender Issues in 1st Year Courses (WCL 1st Year Integrated Curriculum, American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Oct. 2009).
    • Ann Shalleck, Moderator, The Role of Courts in Ending Violence Against Women (Gender & Justice: An International Inquiry, American Jewish Congress, Women’s Division and WCL Women and International Law Program, June 2009).
    • Ann Shalleck, Presentation, Backward Design, Forward Justice: Teaching Students to Develop Professional Identity and Purpose as Lawyers for Social Justice (2009 AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education, May 2009).
    • Ann Shalleck, Opening Remarks & Moderator, New Forms of Organizing: Women Reinterpret the Legal, the Educational and the Political (6th Annual IP/Gender: Mapping the Connections, Female Fan Culture and Intellectual Property, WCL Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, Women and the Law Program, and AU Center for Social Media and The Organization for Transformative Works, American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Apr. 23-24, 2009).
    • Ann Shalleck, Presentation, Reading Roe, Casey and Carhart: How Gender Matters (WCL First Year Integrated Curriculum and Women’s Law Association, American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Apr. 2009).
    • Ann Shalleck, Presentation, Rounds About Teaching (WCL Faculty Workshop, American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Apr. 2009).
    • Ann Shalleck, Presentation, Framing Comparative Family Law (Workshop on Comparative Family Law: What is the Global Family? Family law in Decolonization, Modernization and Globalization, WCL Women & the Law Program and Harvard Law School Program on Law and Social Thought’s “Up Against Family Law Exceptionalism Project,” American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Mar. 2009).
    • Ann Shalleck, Presentation, The Interpenetration of Family & State: Creating a Structural Connection between Family Law and Social Welfare Law through Assignment of the Right to Child Support (University of Baltimore Conference on How Feminist Legal Theory is Changing the Law, Balt., Md., Mar. 2009).
    • Ann Shalleck, Presentation, The Economic Family (Workshop on Comparative Family Law: What is the Global Family? Family law in Decolonization, Modernization and Globalization, WCL Women & the Law Program and Harvard Law School Program on Law and Social Thought’s “Up Against Family Law Exceptionalism Project,” American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Mar. 2009).
    • Ann Shalleck, Presentation, Constitutional Law Roundtable (WCL Women's Law Association, American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Feb. 2009).
    • Ann Shalleck, Presentation, Up Against Family Law Exceptionalism, Reflections, Governance Feminism and Family Law Exceptionalism (Exploratory Seminar, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Jan. 2009).
    • Ann Shalleck, Moderator, Empirical Research in the Pursuit of a Social Agenda (2009 AALS Annual Meeting Workshop, Jan. 2009).
    • Ann Shalleck, Presentation, Seeing the Invisible: Gender Issues in 1st Year Courses (WCL 1st Year Integrated Curriculum, American University Washington College of Law, D.C., Nov. 2008).
    • Ann Shalleck, Presentation, Vulnerability and Dependency: Reproduction and Intergenerational Concerns (Panel on the Impact of Reproductive Rights Today on the Composition of Future Generations, George Washington University Law Review Symposium, What Does Our Legal System Owe Future Generations? New Analyses of Intergenerational Justice for a New Century, D.C., Oct. 2008).
  • + Selected Media Appearances

    • Ann Shalleck, Presentation, Feminist Theory, Clinical Scholarship and Law as Experienced (Faculty Scholarship Series, Washington College of Law, Sept. 2000).
    • Ann Shalleck, Presentation, Integrating Gender into Legal Education--A Strategy for Promoting Gender Equality in Latin America (The World Bank Legal Vice-Presidency and the Gender and Law Thematic Group conference on The Gender Dimension of Human Rights: A Development Perspective, June 2000).
  • + Selected Teaching Materials

    • Ann Shalleck, Best Interest of The Child: The Standard and How to Meet It, in Child Custody Practice Manual (D.C. Bar 1991).
    • Ann Shalleck, Elliott Milstein, & Robert Dinerstein, Trial Advocacy Training (P.L.I. 1989).
    • Ann Shalleck, Child Abuse and Neglect, in District of Columbia Practice Manual (2nd, District of Columbia Bar Association 1989).