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.

 

Sarah Stanley
 

sarah stanley

assistant director of student affairs

Email: sstanley@wcl.american.edu

202-274-4031

 

Sarah Stanley is the Assistant Director of Student Affairs. She assists WCL students with academic counseling, bar exam advising, disability accommodations, and personal counseling. Prior to joining the Office of Student Affairs, she served as an attorney fellow with American University’s Office of General Counsel and then as associate counsel at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. She received a B.A. in Government with minors in Philosophy and English from Georgetown University and a J.D. from American University Washington College of Law.

 

SHIRA COHEN
 

SHIRA COHEN

STUDENT AFFAIRS AND ADA COORDINATOR

Email: cohens@wcl.american.edu

202-274-4030

 

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 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.

 

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.

 

Sarah Halpert , Ph.D.

PART TIME STAFF CLINICIAN, COUNSELING CENTER

 

Dr. Sarah Halpert received a B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Catholic University of America. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in the District of Columbia and Maryland and provides psychotherapy to WCL students. Prior to coming to WCL, Dr. Halpert worked in a variety of clinical settings including several counseling centers and a Dialectical Behavior Therapy program. Dr. Halpert also completed her internship at the Johns Hopkins University. Her approach is integrative, incorporating both dynamic and cognitive-behavioral techniques, with the ultimate goal of helping clients achieve meaningful insight and change. Her interests include: mood and anxiety disorders, life transitions, identity development, grief and trauma.