Meet Our Staff

david jaffe

david jaffe

Associate Dean of Student Affairs | (202) 274-4052

Dean David B. Jaffe is the Associate Dean of Student Affairs. He oversees all aspects of the Office of Student Affairs, which includes support for JD students from Orientation, through academic and personal counseling, organization development, to Commencement. A committed steward of law student wellness, Jaffe serves on the ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs (CoLAP) as co-chair of the Law School Assistance Committee, and in 2015, he received the CoLAP Meritorious Service Award in recognition of his commitment to improving the lives of law students. He received a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and his J.D. from American University Washington College of Law.



  • David Jaffe, The Key to Law Student Well-Being? We Have to Love Our Law Students, Washington College of Law Research Paper No. 2017-02 (Feb. 2018). Available at:
  • David Jaffe, et al., The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change (The Report of the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being), Part II, Recommendations for Law Schools, American University, WCL Research Paper No. 2017-19 (Aug. 2017). Available at:  
  • David Jaffe, Jerome Organ & Katherine Bender, Suffering in Silence: The Survey of Law Student Well-Being and the Reluctance of Law Students to Seek Help for Substance Use and Mental Health Concerns, 66 Journal of Legal Education 1 (Sept. 2016). Available at:
  • David Jaffe, Jerome Organ & Katherine Bender, Helping Law Students Get the Help They Need: An Analysis of Data Regarding Law Students’ Reluctance to Seek Help and Policy Recommendations for a Variety of Stakeholders, 84 The Bar Examiner 4 (Dec. 2015). Available at:
Lucinda Gardner

Lucinda D. Gardner

Assistant Director of Student Affairs| (202) 274-4031

Cindi is the Assistant Director of Student Affairs.  She is the primary wellness advisor to students in the JD program, provides situational counsel and referral, develops wellness programming, serves as liaison to student organizations for events and programming, and supports school-wide efforts to provide advising to first-year students. She formerly practiced law in Charleston, South Carolina litigating medical negligence and employment law cases.  Most recently, she worked on the multi-district opioid litigation against pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors.  She is a Riley Institute Diversity Leadership Fellow, served on the South Carolina Bar Wellness and Diversity Committees, has written several articles about wellness in the legal profession, and is especially fascinated by the intersection of law and neuroscience.  She received her B.A. from Furman University, her M.A. in Experimental Psychology from Wake Forest University, and her J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law.  She is a native of Miami, Florida, and proud mom of Joseph, Lucy, and Theo. She is a fan of the US Women’s National Soccer Team, Liverpool FC, interval training, and dark chocolate.

Kellu Mayer

Kelly Mayer

Student Affairs and ADA Senior Coordinator| (202) 274-4033

Kelly Mayer is the Student Affairs and ADA Senior Coordinator for the Office of Student Affairs. She provides support to students and the community by planning wellness programming and assisting students with ADA accommodation implementation. A long time student affairs professional, Kelly has worked extensively with residential students, having worked at Ferrum College in Ferrum, Virginia and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland where she assisted students with arising challenges throughout their time at the institution. Kelly received both her Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology and Masters of Education degree in Student Affairs Administration from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. She is passionate about spending time with her pirate cat, Iris, performing in an independent color guard, and eagerly adding to her extensive Lego figure collection.

Neil KC

Student Affairs Graduate Assistant
(202) 274-4030

Neil KC is the Student Affairs Graduate Assistant. He is a masters student seeking a graduate degree in Public Policy Analysis from the School of Public Affairs. Neil Completed his B.A in American History with minors in Human Rights and Human Development and Family Services from Purdue University.


Daniel Birichi , Ph.D.

Part Time Staff Clinician, Counseling Center

Dr. Daniel Birichi is a licensed psychologist in the District of Columbia. He received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Miami. Prior to this position, Dr. Birichi completed both his postdoctoral fellowship and APA-accredited internship at the AU counseling center. He primarily practices his clinical work from an integrative framework grounded in psychodynamic and interpersonal approaches. His special interests include college student mental health, LGBT issues, international student concerns, intersectionality, identity development and positive psychology.