Meet Our Staff

The Women and the Law Program staff collaborates with WCL's faculty, staff, and students to create a vibrate and exciting feminist community.

Ann Shalleck

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 intersection of gender with race, poverty, and disability 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 feminist theory, narrative theory, family law, 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.


Daniela Kraiem
Associate Director, Women and the Law Program


Daniela Kraiem is the Associate 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 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.  For the past decade, she has collaborated with War Crimes Research Office to create the Gender Jurisprudence Collections Project, which focuses on the prosecution of sexual and gender-based violence in conflict. She supports WCL’s comprehensive gender and law curriculum, which includes fifteen 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 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 current research projects span feminist theory, women’s legal history, higher education finance, IP, and caregiving.  Follow Daniela at @DanielaKraiem.

Sarah Barnett

Israel Cook

Dean's Fellow, Women and the Law Program

Israel Cook is the Women and the Law Program’s 2017-2018 Dean’s Fellow and a second year law student at American University Washington College of Law. Pursuing a career in public interest, Israel is passionate about social justice and human rights. This past summer, Israel attended a summer law program in The Hague focusing on individual accountability in international law studying international criminal law and international legal approaches to terrorism. After a month in The Hague, Israel returned to Washington, D.C. as a law clerk at Special Olympics. 

Before law school, Israel was a residential manager at a treatment facility for children with behavioral issues. Israel transitioned to a position at Court Appointed Special Advocates of Lexington, KY as a part of AmeriCorps VISTA, working as a development specialist managing fundraising campaigns, event planning, and grant writing.