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
Faculty 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.
Director, Women and the Law Program
Daniela Kraiem is the 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.
Program Coordinator, Women and Law Program
Phone: (202) 274-4494
Stephanie House-Niamke received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing in 2012 from Radford University and her Master of Public Administration from Virginia Tech in May 2017. Additionally, she sought two graduate certificates in Women's and Gender Studies as well as Higher Education Administration. With a passion for mentoring and positive social change, she has facilitated conversations across difference focusing on race, gender and religion for the past 5 years. She has worked with pre-service teachers to develop inclusive classroom practices and curriculum and has guest-lectured on Critical Race Theory at Virginia Tech and at American University. Her research interests include social policy on a university campus, non-traditional educational curriculum and identity development for melanin-dominant communities and women. Additionally, she has published work on teachers of color and their resistance to Critical Race Theory in K12 education and has presented at several conferences about womanism and womanist theology, as it impacts melanin-dominant women.