Meet Our Staff

Melanija Radnovic
Director, WCL Abroad and International Programs

Yuma 360E | (202) 274-4177
mradnovic@wcl.american.edu

Melanija Radnovic is the Director of WCL Abroad and International Programs. In this role, she is responsible for identifying and establishing new partnerships for the law school, overseeing all law school international partnership and cooperative agreements, directing the WCL Abroad dual degree programs and the semester exchange programs, and developing and carrying out various tailored academic programs for international visitors. In addition, Melanija focuses on advising JD students on career opportunities in international law and otherwise serves as the focal point for the internationally related activities of students, faculty, visitors, and alumni. Melanija directs the International Visiting Scholars and English for Lawyers Program and teaches ILSP Externship Class for LLM Students. She previously also taught Visiting Scholars Seminar. For over twelve years now, she represents the WCL community in several domestic and international conferences focused on international legal education, study abroad, career and professional development, student wellness, cross-cultural communication, and diversity. She has collaborated with the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs on initiatives aimed to improve educational programs offered to international mid-career professionals and professionals with disabilities. Melanija has worked as a municipal court associate judge; as an independent attorney practiced in the areas of business, labor, family, and property law; and cooperated with the CIEL and several other NGOs in the DC area on a number of legal research projects related to international environmental law issues, and issues of foreign investment and trade in developing countries. Melanija has a JD from the University of Novi Sad Law School and an LL.M. in International Business and Environmental Law from American University Washington College of Law.

Rachel Gordon
Assistant Director, WCL Abroad

Yuma 360Q | (202) 274-4228
rgordon@wcl.american.edu

Rachel manages education abroad initiatives for JD students, primarily focusing on international dual degree, semester exchange, and summer abroad programs. She serves as the on-site administrator for the law school’s Summer Law Program in London, Brussels, and Geneva. In her role as a member of the Office of Global Opportunities (renamed WCL Abroad in 2017) since 2012, Rachel previously managed the International Visiting Scholars and Washington Seminar Programs for international visitors. Rachel developed the Global Legal Skills Initiative to help JD students navigate law school with the goal of practicing law in a global and/or international setting.

Along with her administrative duties, Rachel teaches legal research and writing to non-common law trained LL.M. students. She serves on the Board of Governors of the Washington Foreign Law Society where she was the Co-Chair of Programs during the 2016-17 term. In 2017, Rachel was selected as one of fifteen American higher education professionals to participate in the Fulbright International Education Administrators Seminar in Germany. Rachel has a JD from American University Washington College of Law, a BS from Cornell University, and a graduate certificate in TESOL from American University. Rachel is a member of the State Bar of Maryland.

Helen Packer
Graduate Assistant, WCL Abroad

Yuma 360D | (202) 274-4209
abroadasst@wcl.american.edu

Helen manages the WCL Abroad program webpages and current applications for WCL study abroad programs. She is a current graduate student in the International Training and Education Program at American University, and has a BA from Seattle University. She previously completed a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in South Korea and worked in the International Admissions Office at the University of South Australia in Adelaide, Australia.