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.
Lisa M. Curtis, Assistant Director of Academic Excellence
Lisa M. Curtis is the Assistant Director of the Office of Academic Excellence. Ms. Curtis 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. Prior to joining the Office of Academic Excellence, Ms. Curtis served as the Associate Director of the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project at AUWCL, education attorney at the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty (NLCHP), and a law fellow in the Educational Opportunities Project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Ms. Curtis received her J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law, where she was a Note & Comment Editor of the American University Journal on Gender, Social Policy & Law. She received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Megan Lee is the Legal Education Advisor of the Office of Academic Excellence. Ms. Lee provides strategic individualized advising on academic progress and identifies and develops resources for academic and bar exam success. Prior to joining the Office of Academic Excellence, Ms. Lee practiced as a public defender in South Carolina and as a solicitor-advocate in England. She has also worked as a mentor and workshop facilitator for a major bar review company, preparing students for the New York and California bar exams and English and Welsh equivalent. Ms. Lee received her B.S. in Justice Studies from the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State, a J.D. from the University of Arizona, and an LL.M. with distinction from Open University in England.
Dominic Del Corso is a Legal Education Advisor for WCL’s Office of Academic Excellence. Mr. Del Corso is responsible for counseling students on best practices for success both in law school and on the bar exam. Prior to joining the Office of Academic Excellence, Mr. Del Corso worked with several of the city’s Advisory Neighborhood Commissions planning public meetings and submitting reports to DC agencies regarding zoning, transportation, public safety, and other issues of community concern. He received his B.A. in Political Science from American University and his J.D. from the University of the District of Columbia’s David A. Clarke School of Law.
Nikki is the Program Coordinator for WCL’s Office of Academic Excellence. As a recent graduate, she is an excellent resource for students looking for advice on navigating law school as well as the bar exam. Her career interests currently lie in media and Intellectual Property law, however she has grown a newfound interest for academia. While at WCL, Nikki was a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Honor Society, the Human Rights Brief, the Black Law Students Association, as well as a founding member of the Fashion and Art Law Society. Her final year, she was also a student attorney for WCL’s Community and Economic Development Clinic. Prior to law school, Nikki graduated with a B.A. in International Studies and Economics from Rhodes College before taking a year to study human rights law at Columbia University and teaching English abroad in Spain. She is a member of the Maryland Bar.