Who We Are:
Gender and Law Faculty and Staff

WCL staff and faculty members have a wealth of knowledge and experience in gender and law. Many faculty members and programs employ upper-level students as research assistants. Also, seminars taught by faculty members who research and write in gender and law topics are excellent venues for writing papers that fulfill the upper-level writing requirement. The faculty and staff members listed below are only a few of the key members of the WCL gender and law community.


Laurie Ball Cooper:

is an adjunct professor teaching Gender, Cultural Difference, and International Human Rights. Ms. Ball Cooper is a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia, where she represents clients in landlord-tenant matters in D.C. Superior Court and litigates housing law claims before administrative bodies, such as the D.C. Housing Authority and the Office of Administrative Hearings. In addition, Ms. Ball Cooper focuses on housing cases and public policies involving the particular housing needs and protections for survivors of domestic violence and the needs and rights of limited- and non-English-proficient residents of the District. Previously, Ms. Ball Cooper served as a Skadden Fellow at the Tahirih Justice Center in Falls Church, Virginia, where she represented survivors of gender-based violence in immigration matters. She has also served as a consultant on issues related to gender-based violence for the Nike Foundation and the International Rescue Committee. She co-authored, with Betsy Levy Paluck and Erin K. Fletcher, a chapter on reducing gender-based violence in THE SAGE HANDBOOK ON GENDER AND PSYCHOLOGY (2013). Ms. Ball Cooper clerked for the Hon. M. Margaret McKeown on the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and graduated with dual degrees from the Yale Law School and the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs at Princeton University. She completed her undergraduate degree at Duke University, and has completed field work related to community development and community recovery from political violence and human rights abuses in both Chile and Bosnia and Herzegovina.  She also is an adjunct professor at George Mason University School of Law, where she teaches refugee and asylum law.

Susan Carle:

has a particular interest in the history and sociology of gender, race, class and socio-economic status in the legal profession. She teaches Constitutional Law, Employment Discrimination and Legal Ethics. She has published in the areas of sex harassment law and early female public interest lawyers. Professor Carle recently published Defining the Struggle: National Racial Justice Organizing, 1880-1915 (Oxford U. Press 2013).

Janie Chuang:

teaches courses in international law, human trafficking, labor migration, and international commercial arbitration. In her scholarship, Chuang specializes in international law and policy relating to labor migration and human trafficking. Drawing on this expertise, Chuang has served as an adviser to the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the International Labor Organization. Chuang has also served as the U.S. Member of the International Law Association’s Feminism and International Law Committee and as a Member of Executive Council of the American Society of International Law. She is a past recipient of the Open Society Fellowship of the Open Society Foundations and a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Conference Grant. Prior to joining AUWCL, Chuang practiced with the law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, representing foreign governments in international litigation/arbitration and pro bono clients in asylum and human rights cases. Before her time at Cleary Gottlieb, Chuang worked as an adviser to the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women and the U.N. Compensation Commission. Her recent publications includeGiving as Governance: Philanthrocapitalism and Modern-Day Slavery Abolitionism,62UCLA Law Rev. 1516 (2015);Exploitation Creep and the Unmaking of Human Trafficking Law108American J. of Int’l Law 1 (2014);The U.S. Au Pair Program: Labor Exploitation and the Myth of Cultural Exchange, 36 HARV. J. L. & GENDER 269 (2013);The Use of Indicators to Measure Government Responses to Human Trafficking, inIndicators as a Technology of Global Governance(with Anne Gallagher) (Benedict Kingsbury, Kevin Davis & Sally Engle Merry, eds., 2012); Rescuing Trafficking from Ideological Capture: Prostitution Reform and Anti-Trafficking Law and Policy, 158 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1655 (2010); andAchieving Accountability for Migrant Domestic Worker Abuse, 88 N.C. L. Rev. 1627 (2010).

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Claire Donohue :

is a Practitioner-in-Residence who directs the Domestic Violence Clinic and co-teaches the Women in the Law Clinical Seminar.  She joins the WCL community from The George Washington University School of Law where she was a Friedman Fellow with the Family Justice Litigation Clinic. Prior to devoting her career to clinical legal education, she worked as a Public Defender.  Professor Donohue attended Boston College Law School as Public Interest Scholar. She graduated with a dual degree, a Masters in Social Work from the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work and a Juris Doctorate.

Llezlie Green Coleman:

teaches in the Civil Advocacy Clinic and non-clinical courses in Advanced Civil Procedure and Critical Race Theory. Her primary teaching interests are in clinical education, complex litigation, and civil and human rights, and her scholarship interests lie at the intersection of employment and immigration law and the intersection of race and gender in low-wage workers’ rights. Professor Coleman’s most recent articles include: Procedural Hurdles and Thwarted Efficiency: Immigration Relief in Wage and Hour Collective Actions to Protect Workers’ Substantive Rights in the Harvard Latino Law Review; and Gender Hate Propaganda and Sexual Violence in the Rwandan Genocide: An Argument for Intersectionality in International Law in the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. Prior to joining the faculty, she was an associate at Cohen, Milstein, Sellers and Toll, PLLC, where she represented plaintiffs in class action civil rights and employment cases, including nationwide class actions alleging gender discrimination.

Christine Haight Farley:

Christine Haight Farley teaches courses in Intellectual Property Law, Trademark Law, International and Comparative Trademark Law, and Law and the Visual Arts. In addition, she has served as Co-Director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property. Professor Farley's scholarly work is in the areas of on intellectual property, international law, and art law. Her current projects study the intersection of art and IP; and the unstable basis of rights in the development of trademark law. Professor Farley collaborates with the Women and the Law Program to develop the annual “IP/ Gender” symposium.

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Susan D. Franck:

is an expert in the fields of international economic law, dispute settlement, and the empirical analysis of international law. Professor Franck's legal experience includes serving at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and practicing in international dispute settlement with Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering [now Wilmer Hale] in Washington, DC and Allen & Overy in London, England. She has published several articles on increasing the role of women in international arbitration, including: The Diversity Challenge: Exploring the “Invisible College” of International Arbitration (2015); and International Arbitration: Demographics, Precision and Justice (2015). Her current book project details the lack of inclusion of women in international investment law, and she has signed "The Pledge" related to expanding the role of women in international arbitration.


Beth Frank:

is an adjunct professor at WCL teaching Sex-Based Discrimination. She has served as a trial attorney in the Housing and Civil Enforcement Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice since 2010. Since 2014, she has also held the additional role of Attorney-Advisor to the Civil Rights Division’s Fair Housing Testing Program. In the Civil Rights Division, Beth Frank haslitigated cases, including sexual harassment in housing cases, under the Fair Housing Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Housing and Community Development Act. Prior to joining the Civil Rights Division, Beth Frank spent three years as an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s Office where shefocused on the rights of women and of individuals with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII and the Fair Housing Act. She also spentfive years as a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where she focused her practice on employment discrimination defense. Beth Frank graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law and received her B.A. in Women’s Studies and Psychology, from the University of Michigan.

Sharra E. Greer:

is the policy director at the Children's Law Center. She also developed the policy department at Service members Legal Defense Network (SLDN). In addition to creating and supervising that policy department, she supervised the group’s successful legal services and impact litigation efforts. Sharra began her legal services work while at Rutgers Law School, when she worked at Camden Regional Legal Services. After law school, Ms. Greer was an associate with the firm of Weissman & Mintz, specializing in plaintiffs’ side employment discrimination and labor law. She left Weissman & Mintz to serve as a staff attorney with the National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP).She also helped design and create Lawyers Serving Warriors, a program which provides pro bono legal services for returning veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. Ms. Greer has been an adjunct faculty member since 2011.

Claudio Grossman:

is a Professor of Law, Dean Emeritus, and the Raymond I. Geraldson Scholar for International and Humanitarian Law at Washington College of Law. He is an expert on international law, human rights, and Inter-American affairs.  Previously, he was a member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights from 1993-2001, where he served in numerous capacities including twice as its President (1996 and 2001) as well as the special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous populations and the special rapporteur on women's rights. He authored the IACHR’s first report on women’s rights.  He has also worked on cases involving gender issues, including Maria Eugenia Morales de Sierra (Guatemala), at the IACHR. He is the author of numerous books and articles on international law, human rights, and the law of international organizations, and the recipient of numerous awards for his work in those fields.

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Rebecca Hamilton:

is an Assistant Professor of Law at WCL, where her research and teaching focus on national security law, international law, and criminal law. Her scholarship draws on her experience in the prosecution of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity, including crimes of gender-based violence. Her work in conflict zones as a foreign correspondent has also addressed laws and services that impact survivors of gender-based violence. She is the author of Fighting for Darfur: Public Action and the Struggle to Stop Genocide (Palgrave Macmillan) which analyzes citizen activism and the effort to stop mass atrocities.

Heather Hughes:

teaches commercial law and property. Her research focuses on commercial law, financial transactions, and private law theory. Before joining the faculty at WCL, Professor Hughes practiced in the business department at Morrison & Foerster, LLP in San Francisco, and the commercial transactions group at a small, private firm in Denver. She has published several articles on gender and law, including: Contradictions, Open Secrets, and Feminist Faith in Enlightenment, in the Hastings Women’s Law Journal (2002) and Same-Sex Marriage and Simulacra: Exploring Conceptions of Equality in the Harvard Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law Review (1998).

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Peter Jaszi:

teaches domestic and international copyright law, as well as law and literature. He also directs the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic and helped to establish the Program on Intellectual Property and Information Justice. Since 2005, Professor Jaszi has been working with Professor Patricia Aufderheide of the American University’s Center for Social Media on projects designed to promote the understanding of fair use by documentary filmmakers and other creators. In 2006-07, he led an interdisciplinary research team, funded by the Ford Foundation, that investigated the connections between intellectual law and the traditional arts in Indonesia. He currently serves on the board of ITVS, an important funder of documentary film projects. Professor Jaszi collaborates with the Women and the Law Program to develop an annual symposium entitled “IP/ Gender: Mapping the Connections” that examines the intersection between intellectual property law and gender.

Billie Jo Kaufman:

is the Associate Dean for Library Information Resources and teaches and specializes in: legal education; advanced legal research; cyberlaw; criminal procedure; legal research and writing, and law librarianship. In addition, she is a member of the AALS Women & the Law Section and a Board Member for the Friends of the Law Library of Congress. Professor Kaufman also services as Treasurer for the China-US Legal Information Forum.

Daniela Kraiem:

is the Associate Director of the Women and the Law Program and a Practitioner-in-Residence at WCL. 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.” 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 WCL, 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 studendebtjustice.org.


Claudia Martin:

is the Co-Director of the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and Professorial Lecturer in Residence at American University Washington College of Law. She also serves as a member of the Secretariat of GQUAL, a campaign to promote gender parity representation in international court and organs. At the Academy, Prof. Martin oversees the academic coordination of the LL.M in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, the summer Program of Advanced Studies in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, and the Inter-American Moot Court Competition. She also supervises the Academy’s scholarly production, including the Inter-American Human Rights Digest and the publication of books, articles and specialized reports. Prof. Martin has several publications on international law, international and comparative human rights law and Inter-American human rights law. This year she is co-directing a new project on “Ending Impunity for Sexual Gender Violence in Latin America”, in cooperation with Prof. Susana SaCouto and Daniela Kraiem.


Angie McCarthy:

is the Program Coordinator for the Women and the Law Program where she works closely with WCL’s active student groups, faculty and alumni to plan dozens of panels, career events, and conferences each year. She also supports the Program’s grant-funded projects. Prior to joining WCL, Angie was a Graduate Fellow at Peace Brigades International-USA where she supported field projects engaged in protective accompaniment of human rights defenders in Colombia, Guatemala and Indonesia, and conducted outreach and training activities aimed at increasing awareness of the fields of human rights and peace and conflict resolution in the U.S. She has also 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. Angie holds a JD from American University Washington College of Law and an MPhil in International Peace Studies from Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland). Her current research interests include the intersections between environmental justice and reproductive justice, the criminalization of abortion and pregnancy outcomes, and the prevention of violence against Native American women.

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Sherizaan Minwalla:

is a Practitioner-in-Residence in the International Human Rights Law Clinic. Professor Minwalla is an experienced human rights lawyer who advocates for survivors of gender-based violence in the US and overseas in the Middle East. She has spent much of the last decade living in Iraq where she has run human rights, development, and humanitarian programs with Heartland Alliance International (HAI), the International Rescue Committee and Mercy Corps. For the past two years, Professor Minwalla responded to the needs of women and girls in acute crisis due to armed conflict, including survivors of ISIS captivity, as well as women and girls who were displaced and at greater risk of forced marriage, trafficking and other violence. As the HAI Country Director, she established model legal and social protection programs to represent survivors in in the criminal justice and family court systems. She also oversaw anti-torture and juvenile justice programs. In Chicago, Professor Minwalla ran a statewide program at the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago to represent survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. In addition to representing several hundred survivors before the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration Court, she trained first responders on domestic violence and immigration relief available to survivors. She was the Legal Director with the Tahirih Justice Center, a DC-based nonprofit organization dedicated to helping women and girls fleeing gender-based violence. As a co-teacher in the WCL International Human Rights Law Clinic, Professor Minwalla works with student attorneys on individual cases including asylum and representing clients before international bodies, as well as on projects focused on protecting and advancing international human rights. Professor Her areas of writing and research include immigration relief for survivors of gender-based violence in the US and globally, refugee issues, as well as human rights and access to justice in Iraq. Her areas of research include improving legal protection to individuals facing gender-based violence and persecution globally, particularly those unable to cross international borders to access existing refugee and resettlement protection, as well on ethical media reporting on Yezidi survivors of sexual violence in conflict.

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Camille Nelson:

is the Dean of Washington College of Law. She previously served as the Dean of Suffolk University’s School of Law in Boston and was a Professor of Law at Hofstra Law School, where she taught courses in Comparative Criminal Law and Transnational Law. Dean Nelson has worked to augment discussions of equality and justice in academic areas of culture and race through publishing many revered, well-known articles in a variety of academic journals. These publications based in comparative and criminal law have appeared in a variety of publications such as the Journal of Politics and Law, the Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law, and the Yale Journal of Law & Feminism. At her time at Suffolk University Law School, Dean Nelson was awarded the Trailblazer award by the Black Law Students’ Association “In honor of your unwavering commitment to create new paths, and to lead others through the legal profession,” the Malcolm Donahue Award, and the law school’s annual diversity award has been named “The Dean Camille A. Nelson Award” in honor of her work. In 2013, Dean Nelson was honored as one of the “Top Women of Law” by Lawyers Weekly, and was named to the Power 100 most influential Black attorneys by On Being a Black Lawyer from 2012-2015. She has also received the Ida B. Wells Award in 2011 by the Massachusetts Black Women Lawyers. In addition to her academic writings and teaching, Dean Nelson has and currently sits on a variety of different committees. She currently serves on the advisory board for Mina’s List, an organization that “seeks to realize women’s equal and substantive representation in national governments around the world.”

Fernanda Nicola:

is an expert in Europeanlaw, transnational legal theory and comparative law and development. Her teaching and research interests are in the area of European Union Law, Tort Law and Comparative Family Law. She received her PhD from Trento University (Italy) and her SJD degree from Harvard Law School where she was the recipient of the Mancini Prize in European Law, and of the Justice Welfare and Economics fellowship at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. She recently publishedFamily Law Exceptionalism in Comparative Lawin theAmerican Journal of Comparative Law, Vol. 58, p. 777, 2010andIntimate Liability: Emotional Harm, Family Law, and Stereotyped Narratives in Interspousal Tortsin William and Mary Journal of Women and the Law (2013).

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Diane Orentlicher:

is a Professor of International Law at WCL. She has been described by the Washington Diplomat as “one of the world’s leading authorities on human rights law and war crimes tribunals.” She has lectured and published widely on issues of transitional justice, international criminal law and other areas of public international law, and has testified before the United States Senate and House on a range of issues relating to both domestic human rights laws and U.S. foreign policy. Professor Orentlicher has served in various public positions, including as the Deputy for War Crimes Issues in the U.S. Department of State (2009-2011), where she collaborated with the Office of Global Women’s Issues to fortify efforts to combat impunity for sexual and gender-based crimes; United Nations Independent Expert on Combating Impunity (on appointment by the UN Secretary-General), which entailed updating UN Principles on Combating Impunity to address, among other issues, women’s effective participation in shaping and implementing policies of transitional justice; and Special Advisor to the High Commissioner on National Minorities of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (on secondment from the U.S. Department of State).


Leslye Orloff:

is an Adjunct Professor and Director of the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP) at American University Washington College of Law. NIWAP advocates for laws, policies and practices that enhance legal options for immigrant women and immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. Ms. Orloff’s 34-year career includes working collaboratively with experts across the country to develop and implement immigration relief, public benefits access and family law protections for immigrant women, children and survivors. She was involved in drafting the immigration protections in the  Violence Against Women Acts (VAWA) 1994, 2000, 2005, and 2013, the Trafficking Victims Protection Acts of 2000 and 2008, legal services access for battered immigrants in 1997 and 2005 and welfare access for battered immigrants in 1996.  Ms. Orloff is a family law expert with years of litigation experience representing immigrant victims in custody, protection order and divorce actions.  She has published numerous law and social science journal articles, curricula, and training materials for attorneys, law enforcement, judges and other professionals on protections for immigrant victims under family, immigration, public benefits and language access laws and serves as faculty training judges, law enforcement officers, attorneys and advocates on the legal rights immigrant victims.  She was recently appointed to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers where she Chairs the subcommittee on Health, Mental Health and Trauma. 

Teresa Godwin-Phelps:

is the Director of the Legal Rhetoric Program. Her other teaching and academic interests include law and literature, international truth commissions, women and the law, and human rights. She has published over thirty articles and three books, most recently Shattered Voices: Language, Violence, and the Work of Truth Commissions (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004). Her recent and pending publications include“The Symbolic and Communicative Function of International Criminal Tribunals”in Feminist Perspectives on Transitional Justice,“Truth Delayed: Accounting for Human Rights Abuses in Guatemala and Spain”in HumanRights Quarterly, and “The Evolving Rhetoric of Gay Advocacy,” in Rhetoric and Legal Judgments (Cambridge University Press).

Victoria Phillips:

is the Director of the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic and teaches Communications Law.  Before joining WCL she headed the mass media legal policy office at the Federal Communications Commission and practiced intellectual property and communications law in Washington, D.C.  Professor Phillips has been involved in organizing an annual symposium “IP/Gender” and published “Commodification, Intellectual Property and the Women of Gee’s Bend” in the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & Law, and “Gender and Invention” –an introduction to one of the past issues.”


Nancy Polikoff:

teaches Family Law and a Children of LGBT Parents Seminar and specializes in the legal issues affecting lesbian and gay families, especially LGBT parents.  Before joining the WCL faculty in 1987, she directed domestic relations programs at the Women’s Legal Defense Fund (now the National Partnership on Women and Families) and practiced law with the Washington, D.C. Feminist Law Collective.  Her book, Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage: Valuing All Families under the Law, was published by Beacon Press in 2008. In 2011 she was honored with the Dan Bradley Award, the highest honor bestowed by the National LGBT Bar Association.

Susana SáCouto:

is Director of the War Crimes Research Office (WCRO), which promotes the development and enforcement of international criminal and humanitarian law, and Director of WCL’s Summer Law Program in The Hague. In addition, she is Professorial Lecturer-in-Residence at WCL, where she teaches courses on international criminal courts, advanced topics in international criminal law and procedure, and international legal responses to conflict-based sexual and gender violence.  Ms. SáCouto served as co-chair of the Women’s International Law Interest Group of the American Society for International Law (2006-2009 term), and was awarded The Women’s Law Center 22nd Annual Dorothy Beatty Memorial Award for significant contributions to women’s rights. Recent publications include: The Relevance of the United Nations War Crimes Commission to the Prosecution of Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes Today, 25 CRIM. L. FORUM 349-381 (2014) (with Dan Plesch and Chante Lasco); The Adjudication Process and Reasoning at the International Criminal Court: the Lubanga Trial Chamber Judgment, Sentencing, and Reparations, in 30 IUS GENTIUM: COMP. PERSP. ON L. & JUST. 131 (Yves Haeck & Eva Brems eds., 2014) (with Katherine Cleary); Gaps in Gender-Based Violence Jurisprudence of International and Hybrid Criminal Courts: Can Human Rights Law Help?, in STRENGTHENING THE PROTECTION OF SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH RIGHTS IN THE AFRICAN REGION THROUGH HUMAN RIGHTS 305-330 (Ebenezer Durojaye & Charles Ngwena, eds) (Pretoria University Law Press, 2014); Perspectives on Crimes of Sexual Violence in International Law, 19 ILSA J. INT’L AND COMP. L. 263-275 (Spring 2013); and Victim Participation at the International Criminal Court and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia: A Feminist Project?, 18 MICH. J. GENDER & L. 297 (2012).

Macarena Saez:

is a Fellow in International Legal Studies teaching in the areas of comparative law, family law, and international human rights. She is also the Faculty Director of WCL’sCenter for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. Before coming to WCL, she taught jurisprudence and feminist legal theory at the University of Chile. She isa founding member ofRed-ALAS, a network of Latin American feminist scholars that develops gender initiatives in Latin American law schools with the support of the Ford Foundation. Professor Saez was one of the lead attorneys in the landmarkATALA v. Chilecase before the Inter American Court of Human Rights. This case recognized sexual orientation as a protected category by the American Convention of Human Rights. She is one of the two general editors of the first casebook on gender and sexuality in Latin America,La Mirada de los Jueces: Decisiones sobre Genero y Sexualidad en Latinoamérica(Siglo del El Hombre Press, 2008), published in English with the titleGender and Sexuality in Latin America, cases and decisions(Springer, 2013).She has also written on same-sex marriage, and currently her main area of research is the regulation of sex work in Latin America.

Ann Shalleck:

founded and directs the Women and the Law Program.  She is also the Carrington Shields Scholar at Washington College of Law. She teaches in the Women & the Law Clinic, Family Law, Feminist Jurisprudence, and a seminar on Theories of Pedagogy.  She is active in national and international efforts to reshape the law school curriculum.  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.

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Anita Sinha:

is the Director of the International Human Rights Law Clinic, and an Assistant Professor of Law. Her areas of expertise and scholarly interests include the intersection of gender and immigrants’ rights.  Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Sinha spent over a decade litigating and advocating on behalf of low-income women of color.  She began her career as a Skadden Fellow representing immigrant survivors of crime, including noncitizen domestic violence survivors and women and children who had been trafficked into the United States. Later in her career, Professor Sinha litigated a class-action lawsuit on behalf of displaced New Orleans public housing residents, most of who were women heads of household.  At WCL, she co-teaches the Immigrant Justice Clinic, where one focus of her teaching and case supervision includes gender- and LGBT-related claims. Professor Sinha has published extensively in a wide array of outlets, and her scholarly publications include: Inserting Community Perspective Research into Public Housing Policy Discourse: The Right to the City Alliance’s “We Call These Projects Home,Cities (Nov. 2012); Exiling the Poor: The Clash of Redevelopment and Fair Housing in Post-Katrina New Orleans, 51 Howard L.J. 481 (2008); and Gender-Based Persecution and U.S. Asylum Law: Eliminating the ‘Cultural Hook’ for Claims Involving Gender-Related Persecution, 76 N.Y.U. Law Rev. 1562 (2001).  Professor Sinha graduated cum laude from N.Y.U. School of Law in 2001, and summa cum laude from Barnard College, Columbia University. 


Brenda V. Smith:

teaches in the Community Economic Development Law Clinic.  Professor Smith is an expert on issues at the intersection of gender, crime, class and sexuality.  She is also the Project Director for the Project on Addressing Prison Rape.  In November, 2003, Professor Smith was appointed to the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission by the United States House of Representatives Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi (D. CA).   That year she was also appointed to the Advisory Committee on Women’s Services for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). She is widely published and received the Emmalee C. Godsey Research Award for her article, Battering, Forgiveness, and Redemption, 12 AM.UN. J. GENDER SOC. POL’Y & L. 1,921 (2003).  Recent articles include:  Uncomfortable Places, Close Spaces: Theorizing Female Correctional Officers’ Sexual Interactions with Men and Boys in Custody, 59 U.C.L.A. L. Rev. 1690 (2012); After Dothard: Female Correctional Workers and the Challenge to Employment Law, 8 FIU L. REV. 469 (2013); and  Boys, Rape and Masculinity: Reclaiming Boys’  Narratives of Sexual Violence in Custody, 29 N.C.L.Rev. 102 (2015).  In addition to teaching in the WCL Clinical Program, Professor Smith also teaches a yearlong 3 credit seminar, Women, Crime and the Law.   In the seminar, students have the opportunity to delve deeply into issues related to women in the criminal justice system – as workers, inmates, and defendants


Anthony E Varona:

Anthony E. Varona teaches Contracts, Administrative Law, Media Law, and Introduction to Public Law. Before joining the WCL faculty he served as general counsel and legal director for the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay civil rights organization. He is an active memeber of the Hispanic National Bar Association and the National Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association and is also on the national board of GLAAD. Professor Varona's scholarhip has included articles concerning civil rights, employment discrimination, hate crimes, and communications law.

Jessica Waters:

is the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies at American University, and is also a faculty member in the Department of Justice, Law and Criminology and an adjunct faculty member at the Washington College of Law. Her research focuses primarily on reproductive rights law. Her recent work has explored questions related to the legal impact of women’s medical decisions during pregnancy and childbirth, employment-based conscience protections for reproductive health care providers, and the reproductive rights of employees working for religiously affiliated employers. Her work has been published in theHarvard Journal of Law and Gender, theAmerican University Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the Law, and the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. Prior to joining to joining the AU faculty full-time, Professor Waters was an adjunct professor at Washington College of Law and a litigator at Wilmer Hale, where she specialized in criminal defense litigation, internal investigations, and reproductive rights litigation and advocacy. She also clerked for the Honorable Emmet Sullivan on the D.C. District Court. Professor Waters previously worked at a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting access to reproductive health care. Professor Waters also serves as the Chair of the Children's Law Center Advisory Board, and is a guardian ad litem in the D.C. courts.


Diane Weinroth:

Diane Weinroth has taught at WCL for more than 15 years as a clinical instructor and adjunct professor with the Women and the Law Clinic. She also has had a private practice specializing in family law and child abuse and neglect. She is co-author of the first edition of Practice Manual for Child Abuse and Neglect Cases in the District of Columbia. Among other professional activities, she is on the board of directors of The Children’s Law Center and the Ionia Whipper Home for Girls and has been a contributing columnist for “Child Welfare Practice,” published by the ABA Center on Children and the Law. Ms. Weinroth frequently serves as a trainer of lawyers in her field of expertise for the D.C. Superior Court, the D.C. Bar and other organizations.