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 and in this role she is responsible to identify and establish new partnerships for the law school, oversee all law school partnership and cooperative agreements, direct the international JD dual degree program and the semester exchange program, and to develop and carry out various tailored academic programs for international visitors. In addition, Melanija is focusing on providing global opportunities for JD students, and otherwise serves as the focal point for the internationally related activities of students, faculty, visitors and alumni. Melanija is director of the International Visiting Scholars and English for Lawyers Program, and is an adjunct professor who teaches ILSP Externship Class for LLM Students. She previously also taught Visiting Scholars Seminar. For over twelve years now,  she has represented WCL community in number of domestic and international conferences focused on international legal education, study abroad, career and professional development, student wellness, cross cultural communication and diversity, and 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 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 University of Novi Sad Law School and an LL.M. from American University Washington College of Law with two specializations in International Business and Environmental 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.