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.

 

Kendra Brown
 

Kendra Brown

Senior Director for Diversity, Inclusion and Affinity

Email: kebrown@wcl.american.edu

(202) 274-4032

 

Kendra Brown currently serves as Senior Director for Diversity, Inclusion and Affinity for the Washington College of Law at American University.  Previous roles she has held are Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for Representative Dwight Evans of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Policy Director of the Congressional Black Caucus in the United States Congress, Counsel for Representative Maxine Waters of Los Angeles, California and Legislative Counsel for Earthjustice.

Kendra graduated from Hampton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Business Management.  She began her seminary studies by pursuing coursework at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia, completed her Master of Divinity at Howard University Divinity School, and received her law degree from Vermont Law School.  Additionally, Kendra attended the George Washington University School of Law for her Master of Laws.

Lucy Goss
 

Lucy Goss

assistant director of student affairs

Email: lgoss@wcl.american.edu

(202) 274-4031

 

Lucy Goss 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 a legislative attorney for the Office of the Legislative Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives. Lucy received a B.A. in Literary and Cultural studies from the College of William and Mary with a minor in Women's Studies and a J.D. from Tulane Law School.  

 

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!