WCL Appoints Daniela Kraiem as Interim Senior Director of the Office of Career and Professional Development

July 15, 2020

Daniela Kraiem

American University Washington College of Law Practitioner-in-Residence Daniela Kraiem, director of the Women and the Law Program, has been appointed Interim Senior Director of Career and Professional Development.

“Daniela has a deep commitment to WCL and its students, an unbounded enthusiasm for her work, and the critical expertise needed to get the job done,” said Acting Dean Robert Dinerstein. “She brings her extensive experience connecting students with job opportunities and fellowships in gender-related fields to her new position with the Office of Career and Professional Development. We are fortunate to have someone with her credentials and energy to lead OCPD during this challenging time.”

Together with Senior Associate Dean Ann Chernicoff, Kraiem will lead AUWCL’s dedicated team of career development professionals as they guide students through the challenging labor market.  During her one-year term as interim Senior Director of OCPD, Kraiem will retain her role as director of the Women and the Law Program.

Kraiem’s scholarship addresses the political economy of care and education, with a focus on how public policy shapes unequal labor and employment outcomes for women of all races and people of color of all genders. She brings this same emphasis to her latest project, the Gender and Covid-19 Reading List, tracking how racism and sexism shape our responses to the pandemic.

Since joining the WCL community in 2006, Kraiem – along with the Program’s faculty director, Professor Ann Shalleck – has directed a thriving Women and the Law Program, marking WCL as a leading center for scholarship and teaching focused on gender and law. With a groundbreaking curriculum, a stand-alone LL.M. program, student substantive and professional development events, and leadership in the integration of gender into legal education worldwide, the Women and the Law Program stands out as one of WCL’s flagship programs.  A dedicated law teacher, Kraiem mentors students across AUWCL’s JD, LL.M., and SJD programs.

Before joining WCL, Kraiem practiced labor and employment law with McCarthy, Johnson, and Miller in San Francisco, California. She also previously served as a staff attorney at the Child Care Law Center, where she focused on improving the wages and working conditions of the child care workforce. Kraiem is a 1999 graduate of the UC Davis School of Law.

For more information about OCPD and to schedule an appointment, please visit wcl.american.edu/career