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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
Prior to joining WCL, Jenn Breaux worked in the Office of Career Services at Howard University School of Law. In her role as Assistant Director, she gained extensive experience in career counseling, professional development programming, and student instruction. As part of a small team, Jenn directly served over 200 students and countless alumni per year on all aspects of their legal career.
In addition to career counseling, Jenn is passionate about racial justice and civil rights work. During her law school tenure, she was part of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office’s criminal justice reform team and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s policy team. She also was as a student attorney with the Howard Civil Rights Clinic and a research assistant for the Executive Director of the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center.
Jenn received her Bachelor of Arts in Government from McNeese State University and her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Howard University School of Law. She is a member of the D.C. bar.
Sector-specific Counseling Specializations: Federal Government; Non-profit; Public Interest Law; JD Advantage Positions
Areas of Special Interest: Legislative Advocacy & Policy; Racial Justice; Diversity & Inclusion; Criminal Justice Reform
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; Government Regulations & Compliance
Dilroop Sidhu is a Career Counselor for the Office of Career & Professional Development. Dilroop has a strong foundation in both the private and public sectors. Most recently, she was an associate at a top DC law firm that specialized in finance and retirement law. Maximizing her time as a part-time law student, Dilroop worked at a number of government agencies, including the Department of Justice, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, where her work focused primarily on diversity, compliance, and civil liberties. She also advocated for religious and civil liberties with the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund, documenting hate crimes and developing strategies to fight discriminatory employment policies.
Dilroop received her Juris Doctor, with honors, from the George Washington University Law School, and her Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics from George Mason University.
Sector-specific Counseling Specializations: Mid-size & Boutique Law Firms; Federal Government Agencies; JD Advantage Positions
Areas of Special Interest: Corporate Finance, Employee Benefits & Employment Law; Fair Housing; Diversity, Inclusion & Affinity Career Development
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
Prior to joining WCL, Will Thompson was a career counselor at New York Law School and an internship specialist at Johns Hopkins University. Over the course of his career, Will also has worked as a junior associate at plaintiff-side employment discrimination firm, an advocate for LGBTQ+ equality at Lambda Legal, a political coordinator on a major US Senate campaign, and an influencer for two large corporations in the legal tech space, where he worked directly with law students and attorneys at AmLaw 100 law firms.
These experiences have made Will a strong advocate of internship and experiential learning opportunities and given him an intimate knowledge of the different fields in which students can excel. Those qualities allow him to help students discover their passions and build foundations for meaningful careers throughout a diverse set of legal domains.
Will earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Clemson University and his Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School. He also received a Master of Fine Arts in Screenwriting from UCLA.
Sector-specific Counseling Specializations: Non-profit; Small & Mid-size Firms; JD Careers in Politics
Areas of Special Interest: LGBTQ Law; Legal Technology; Employment Discrimination
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.
Virginia Yates is the Resource Coordinator for the Office of Career and Professional Development. She oversees many of the office's key administrative functions, including job postings, documentation for judicial clerkships, event coordination, OCI recruitment, and front desk management. Prior to joining the OCPD, Virginia led musical theater and art programming for the Arts and Cultural Heritage Division of the Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County, MD and coordinated logistics for the annual Armed Forces Cycling Classic and organizations such as the Fairfax Symphony and the China Arts & Entertainment Group.
Virginia received her Bachelor of Arts from Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport, LA.