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.

 

Julia Carrano
 

Julia Carrano

assistant director of student affairs

Email: jcarrano@wcl.american.edu

(202) 274-4031

 

Julia Carrano is the Assistant Director of Student Affairs. She is passionate about assisting WCL students, particularly in the area of wellness and disability accommodations, as well as helping new students make the transition to law school during Orientation. Previously, she served as Dean of Students at a small college in San Diego. She holds a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School, an M.A. in Anthropology from UC-Santa Barbara, and a B.A. in History from University of Dallas.

 

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 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.

 

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.

 

Samantha Gordin, LICSW

PART TIME STAFF CLINICIAN, COUNSELING CENTER

Samantha Gordin, LICSW, is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the Washington, D.C. area. Ms. Gordin is also in private practice in Dupont Circle, specializing in general mental health and eating disorders. She completed her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania and her undergraduate degree from Syracuse University with a Bachelors of Social Work. Prior to this, Ms. Gordin has worked in various treatment centers with all levels of care. As a clinician, Ms. Gordin uses a variety of techniques including but not limited to: empowerment, mindfulness, person-centered, interpersonal and Dialectal Behavioral Therapy. Ms. Gordin believes that the client is at center of the therapeutic relationship. Outside of work, Ms. Gordin enjoys spending time with animals and her family, as well as getting in a good laugh watching Ellen DeGeneres!