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 and
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 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.
Interim Assistant Director
Angie McCarthy is the Assistant Director for the Office of Public Interest at American University Washington College of Law. This year she is also the Interim Assistant Director of the Women and the Law Program. Angie works closely with students pursuing pro bono activities and public interest careers. Angie also coordinates the Pro Bono Honors Pledge Program, the Public Interest/Public Service Scholars (PIPS) Program, and works with the law school’s vibrant student groups, faculty and alumni to develop public interest programming and opportunities at Washington College of Law. Before joining the Office of Public Interest, Angie served as the Program Coordinator for the Women and the Law Program at Washington College of Law for 10 years. Angie holds a JD from American University Washington College of Law and an MPhil in International Peace Studies from Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland).
Inka Boehm is the Program's Dean's Fellow. As a second-year law student, she is involved with WCL's Women's Law Association as Community Service Chair, If/When/How as Assistant Social Media Chair, and the Student Advisory Board for the Center on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. Additionally, she is a junior staffer on the AU Journal on Gender, Social Policy, and the Law. Inka aims to work in human rights law on either an international or domestic level, but is interested in a variety of issues from reproductive justice and racial justice to international criminal law and accountability.