Meet our Staff

Ann Shalleck
Carrington Shields Scholar
Director, Women and the Law Program

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.

Email: shalleck@wcl.american.edu

Please click here to visit Professor Shalleck's faculty web page and to download a current CV.

Daniela Kraiem
Associate Director, Women and the Law Program

Daniela Kraiem is the Acting 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.

Email: kraiem@wcl.american.edu

Please click here to visit Professor Kraiem's faculty web page and to download a current CV.

Angie McCarthy
Program Coordinator, Women and the Law Program

Angie is the Program Coordinator for the Women and the Law Program. She holds a JD from American University Washington College of Law and an MPhil from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland in International Peace Studies. As a law student Angie represented clients in the Women and the Law Clinic. Prior to attending WCL, Angie was a Graduate Peace Fellow at Peace Brigades International, USA and worked and volunteered with several women’s organizations both domestically and abroad including the NGO Committee on the Status of Women at the United Nations and the New Women’s Movement in South Africa. Her current research interests include the intersections between environmental justice and reproductive justice, maternal mortality and post-abortion care, forced marriage, and the prevention of violence against Native American women.

Email: angiem@wcl.american.edu

Miora Rakotonirina
Dean's Fellow, Women and the Law Program

Miora is a lawyer from Madagascar. She obtained her Master’s degree in Business Law from the Catholic University of Madagascar and a Bachelor’s degree in Public Law from a Public University. Miora is currently an LL.M. candidate in International Legal Studies Program, specializing in International business law, an area in which she believes women and minorities are still underrepresented. She plans to use her LLM degree to promote international sustainable development.