Meet our Staff

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

Professor Shalleck founded and directs the Women and the Law Program. She is also the Carrington Shields Scholar at Washington College of Law. A pioneer in clinical legal education, as well as feminist pedagogy, Professor Shalleck collaborated with faculty at WCL and worldwide to create some of the first networks of feminist legal scholars, generate teaching materials, support the burgeoning fields of feminist and family law scholarship, and create clinics that highlight the importance of gender in the operation of law. She works with other teachers to build and sustain WCL’s dynamic gender and law curriculum and participates actively in our lively feminist community. Her own scholarship addresses family law, feminist theory, and clinical legal thought. In addition to overseeing all Women and the Law Program activity, she currently teaches the Women and the Law Clinic, as well as a foundational course on Feminist Jurisprudence.


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


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Angie McCarthy
Program Coordinator, Women and the Law Program

Angie 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.