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Meet Our Team
Assistant Dean for Career and Professional Development
Dean Kraiem joined the Washington College of Law in 2006. She is the Assistant Dean for the Office of Career and Professional Development, collaborating with the staff and faculty of the Washington College of Law to connect students and alumni with professional development and employment opportunities across all legal sectors. In addition, she holds a faculty appointment as a Practitioner-in-Residence.
Prior to joining the Washington College of Law, Professor Kraiem represented unions and employees in labor and employment matters as an Associate with McCarthy, Johnson, and Miller in San Francisco. As a staff attorney at the non-profit Child Care Law Center, she specialized in employment and workforce development. She holds a BA in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a JD from the University of California, Davis, School of Law.
Sector-specific Counseling Specializations: Non-profit; small firms
Areas of Special Interest: Women’s Rights, LGBTQ Rights, Labor and Employment, ERISA, Public Interest, Poverty Law, Human Rights, Law and Development, Public Policy
Nicole J. Martinez is a 2017 graduate from the Washington College of Law. She is passionate about children’s advocacy, family law, and education law and policy. She returns to the WCL family after working as a staff attorney for the Guardian ad Litem Project at the Children’s Law Center and clerking for D.C. Superior Court Magistrate Judges Shelly A. Mulkey and Kenia Seoane Lopez.
As a student, Nicole interned for the Department of Education, the Public Defender Service of D.C., and the Healthy Together Project at the Children’s Law Center. She also served as a Civil Advocacy Clinic student attorney, a Rhetoric Program Dean’s Fellow, and a Marshall Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project Teaching and Dean’s Fellow.
Before earning her Juris Doctor from WCL, Nicole received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Philosophy from the University of Texas El Paso.
Sector-specific Counseling Specializations: Public Interest; Clerkships; Non-Profit Organizations
Areas of Special Interest: Diversity & Inclusion; Social Justice; First-Generation Students; Education Advocacy
Shanza Qureshi serves as the Career Advisor for LL.M. and International Students at Washington College of Law. She previously worked on American University’s main campus as the Associate Director of International Student and Scholar Services. In that role, Shanza managed regulatory compliance and intercultural programs for students, faculty, and the greater university community.
She is a staunch advocate for global education and for the constructive role international students play academically and professionally in broadening perspectives in the United States. Shanza has managed academic exchange programs, in collaboration with U.S. Department of State, and facilitated community partnerships that placed students in career-focused internships. She also has undertaken research on diverse issues international students confront while advancing their educational and career opportunities.
Shanza holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Arts in International and Comparative Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Sector-specific Counseling Specializations: Department of State; International Organizations; Non-Profit Organizations; Local, State & Federal Government
Areas of Special Interest: Academic Exchange Policy; Legislative Advocacy; International Opportunities
Raquel Skinner is the Manager of Employer Outreach for the Office of Career & Professional Development. In addition to career counseling, Raquel engages in strategic outreach to private- and public-sector legal employers to cultivate relationships and identify and develop new job opportunities for WCL students and alumni.
Raquel has accumulated significant experience within the private and public sectors. Prior to joining WCL, Raquel was an Adjunct Professor and Staff Attorney in the Harrison Institute for Affordable Housing Transactions at the Georgetown University Law Center and an Associate General Counsel at Fannie Mae. Raquel began her legal career serving on real estate and general corporate litigation and transaction matters at several major firms.
Raquel received her Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from Spelman College and her Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Sector-specific Counseling Specializations: Large Law Firms; Small, Mid-size & Boutique Law Firms; In-house Positions; JD Advantage Positions
Areas of Special Interest: Diversity, Inclusion & Affinity Career Development; Corporate & Real Estate Law
Kerry Stotler joined the Office of Career & Professional Development as a Career Counselor in 2021. Kerry is a Washington College of Law Alumnus, receiving her Juris Doctor in 2009. Prior to joining the OCPD team, Kerry worked as the Program Manager for Fellowships at Equal Justice Works where she managed the nation’s largest post-graduate legal fellowship program. In her role at Equal Justice Works, she advised law students on their fellowship applications and Fellows on career and professional development. Throughout her legal career, Kerry worked as an associate for a number of DC law firms, specializing in Communications Law. This combination of experiences gives Kerry a strong background in both the public and private sectors.
In addition to her Juris Doctor from WCL, Kerry received her Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts from Dickinson College and her Master of Science in Arts Administration from Shenandoah University.
Sector-specific Counseling Specializations: Public Interest, Non-profit, Mid-size & Boutique Law Firms
Areas of Special Interest: Social Justice, Women’s Rights, LGBTQ+ Rights, Mental Health Law, Voting Rights
Jai Smith-Avery is OCPD’s Data and Communications Manager. Jai spent nearly 10 years in the non-profit sector as a researcher and analyst, focusing primarily on the participation and achievements of faculty and students from underrepresented groups (e.g., women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities) in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. He also brings to the OCPD team his experience as a social media coordinator, podcast producer, internship program director, and teacher/school administrator in South America. Jai graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.