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.
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.
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 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 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 studentdebtjustice.org. Follow Daniela at @DanielaKraiem.
Program Coordinator, Women and the Law Program
Sarah Barnett is the Program Coordinator of the Women and the Law Program at American University Washington College of Law. Sarah supports activities within the Women and the Law Program including collaborating with students, faculty and staff to integrate a gendered lens into legal education, fundraising for and coordinating grant-funded projects that connect the WCL community with the legal needs and concerns of women and LGBTI persons around the world, and assisting students with professional development activities geared toward employment in gender justice.
After completing her Masters in International Peace and Conflict Resolution at the School of International Service in 2016, Sarah wrote curriculum to assist elementary and secondary school teachers better confront behaviors and cultures that support sexual and relationship violence in the Boston area and around the United States. As the Curriculum Developer, she also facilitated workshops and trainings to assist educators, administrators, youth and parents create school environments where consent and respect are the new norm.
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.