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:


Rachel Johnson

Rachel N. Johnson, Esq.

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

Rachel is the Associate Director of Student Affairs. Rachel has a passion for being of service by focusing her work at the law school by assisting students through supportive counseling/decision-making when students encounter barriers to success. She is a former litigator, serving as a juvenile defense attorney in both the District of Columbia and Maryland prior to joining the staff of the Washington College of Law. Rachel is an appointee to the Juvenile Grant Planning and Review Council for the Maryland Office of the Governor. She received her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law in 2015 and a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2010. Rachel is a proud California native and currently happily residing in Baltimore City where she spends much of her time in the city’s many beautiful waterfront parks.


Mary Scalici

Mary Scalici

Student Affairs and Senior Accommodations Coordinator | (202) 274-4028

Mary Scalici is the Student Affairs and Senior Accommodations Coordinator. She is excited to share her passion for supporting students’ well-being and assisting students in accessing accommodations. Prior to joining the Washington College of Law, Mary was an educator, working with students as a classroom and special education teacher. Mary received her B.S. from Susquehanna University and her M.Ed. in special education from George Mason University.


rachel dietrich , licsw , lcsw

WCL Embedded Staff Clinician, Center for Well-Being and Psychological Services

Rachel is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in DC and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Virginia. She is thrilled to combine her passion for wellness, higher education, and mental health by serving the WCL as our Staff Clinician. She has experience as an individual and group therapist in a variety of outpatient treatment settings including private clinics, community clinics, and college health centers, in addition to serving as a treatment team member for an innovative Family Recovery Court. Rachel’s presence will continue to strengthen ongoing support for the well-being of our students.