Director, Graduate Studies
Director, Legal English
Catherine Schenker is the Director of Graduate Studies, the Director of the English for Lawyers Program, and a professorial lecturer at the American University Washington College of Law. Every semester she teaches Legal Research & Writing to the international LL.M. students. In addition, she is the LL.M. academic and student affairs advisor. In her role with the legal language offerings at AUWCL, Cathy directs and teaches in AUWCL’s English for Lawyers Program and oversees AUWCL’s Spanish for Lawyers courses. Cathy is interested in issues related to English for Specific Purposes and content-based language education as well as academic support programs for international students. Prior to teaching at WCL, Cathy worked as a corporate associate at Hogan & Hartson LLP. She received her BA, cum laude, from Yale University in History and International Studies, a JD from New York University School of Law, and a TESOL certificate from American University. Cathy speaks Polish, French, and basic Italian.
Associate Director of Graduate Admissions
Meghan Walter is the Associate Director of Graduate Admissions. She leads the recruitment and admissions initiatives for all of the S.J.D. and LL.M. programs at American University Washington College of Law. Meghan joins Graduate Admissions after working as the Assistant Director of JD Admissions here at AUWCL from 2008-2017. Before that, Meghan served as Admissions Counselor in the same office from 2001-2007. She received her BA in History and Political Science and a Master’s in Public Administration from American University School of Public Affairs.
Coordinator of Graduate Admissions
Alberto Lopez is the Graduate Admissions Coordinator for the five LL.M. programs at American University Washington College of Law. He manages the application and enrollment process for students from Asia, Europe, Latin America, Russia, and South East Asia. Additionally, he serves as a general resource for all LL.M. students. He earned his BA and MA in International Affairs from Florida State University, spending a semester abroad in London. Prior to joining the WCL family in April 2016, he worked as the Program Assistant for International Programs at the Florida State University College of Law managing LL.M., study abroad, and exchange programs. Alberto speaks English, Spanish, and constantly strives to improve his French.
Coordinator for International & Comparative Legal Studies Program
Megan Petry is the Coordinator for the International and Comparative Legal Studies Program, and acts as a primary point of contact for WCL students, faculty, and staff. She serves as a general resource for all LL.M. Program students, coordinates both the English for Lawyers Summer Program and the Spanish for Lawyers Program, and manages the daily operation of the International Suite. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Megan earned her Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Susquehanna University, and studied abroad in London, England. Prior to joining WCL, Megan worked for Bucknell University in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations coordinating donor visits and managing department finances. Most recently Megan received an MA in International Training and Education from American University.