Meet Our Staff

david jaffe
 

david jaffe

Associate Dean of Student Affairs
Email: djaffe@wcl.american.edu | (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.

 

SHIRA COHEN
 

SHIRA COHEN

Student Affairs and ADA Coordinator
Email: cohens@wcl.american.edu | (202) 274-4033

Shira Cohen is the Student Affairs and ADA Coordinator. She assists WCL students with the coordination of Orientation and Commencement, disability accommodations, student organization programming, and the publication of the WCL Daily. Prior to working with the Office of Student Affairs, Shira was a fellow at the national digital inclusion nonprofit, EveryoneOn. She holds a B.A. in History with minors in European Cultural Studies and Humanistic Studies from Princeton University.

 

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.