Joni Wiredu earned her JD from William & Mary Law School and a BA from Dartmouth College. As a former Senior Director at a major bar review company, Ms. Wiredu has 14 years of experience in bar preparation, has counseled hundreds of students annually on studying for the bar examination, and has worked with students on developing appropriate strategies for bar examination success. She has also lectured widely on essay writing and study skills. As the Director of Academic Excellence, Ms. Wiredu analyzes student performance in the law school curriculum, and on the bar examination, and makes recommendations to, and work with, the Committee on Academic Excellence to implement and supervise additional academic training where appropriate. Ms. Wiredu also advises students on best academic practices in law school, and provides strategic planning assistance to improve educational outcomes.
Sarah V. Stanley, Associate Director of Academic Advising and Policy Development
Sarah Stanley is the Associate Director of Academic Advising and Policy Development. She assists AUWCL students with academic planning, course selection, and bar exam preparation. Prior to joining the Office of Academic Excellence, she served as Assistant Director of Student Affairs at AUWCL, Attorney Fellow at American University’s Office of General Counsel, and as Associate Counsel at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals within the Department of Veterans Affairs. Sarah received a B.A. in Government with minors in Philosophy and English from Georgetown University and a J.D. from American University Washington College of Law.
Kertisha Dixon earned her JD from Texas Tech University School of Law and her BA from Howard University. Before joining the AUWCL community, Ms. Dixon spent several years as an adjunct professor at Bowie State University, where she advised students and taught courses on trial advocacy and multicultural issues in criminal justice. Ms. Dixon began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Melanie M. Shaw Geter, formerly with the 7th Judicial Circuit of Maryland, served as an attorney-advisor for the United States Social Security Administration and a staff attorney for the House of Ruth.
As the Assistant Director of Academic Excellence, Ms. Dixon advises students on their academic progress, works with students to create and execute individualized learning plans for academic success, and develops and leads workshops about best practices for final exam and bar exam preparation.