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.

 

Check out our exciting Upcoming Events

October 20 7:45AM-5:00PM Washington College of Law Burton D. Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court Competition October 20 9:00AM-4:30PM Yuma Building - YT01 2017 Fall Sports Law Symposium October 20 10:30AM-11:30AM Capital Building - C217 2017 Jurist-in-Residence with Judge Timothy Dyk October 21 7:45AM-5:00PM Washington College of Law Burton D. Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court Competition October 21 5:00PM-8:00PM Kimpton Mason & Rook Hotel, 1430 Rhode Island Ave AUWCL Alumni Reunion During All-American Weekend October 23 12:00PM-1:00PM Washington College of Law Mindfulness Mondays October 23 12:00PM-1:00PM Yuma Building - YT17 Networking – How It’s Done and Why It Matters October 23 12:00PM-1:30PM Warren Building - NT01 Conflict and Crisis in Venezuela: Human Rights & International Responses October 24 12:00PM-1:00PM Warren Building - N101 Maryland Office of the Attorney General's Thurgood Marshall Clerkship Program Information Session October 24 12:00PM-1:15PM Claudio Grossman Hall 1L Externship Orientation Session: Sections 3 & 4 October 24 12:00PM-1:15PM Yuma Building - Y401 Choosing Business Law Courses––with Jobs in Mind October 24 12:00PM-1:30PM Yuma Building - Y115 Human Rights Career Panel: Breaking into International Human Rights Law October 24 3:00PM-4:00PM Warren Building - N102 SBA Academic Affairs Committee Meeting October 25 12:00PM-1:00PM Capital Building - C317 Haynes and Boone Patent Law Lunch Presentation October 25 12:00PM-1:15PM Claudio Grossman Hall 1L Externship Orientation: Sections 1 & 2 October 25 4:00PM-5:00PM Washington College of Law Yoga Class October 25 4:45PM-6:00PM Yuma Building - YT14 Patent Exam Information Session: Exam Tips and Career Strategies October 25 8:00PM-9:00PM Yuma Building - Y116 Networking – How It’s Done and Why It Matters October 26 9:00AM-4:00PM Warren Building - NT01 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Comparative Law - “Comparative Law, Faith and Religion: The Role of Faith in Law” October 26 12:00PM-1:00PM Yuma Building - YT17 Networking – How It’s Done and Why It Matters October 26 12:30PM-5:00PM Yuma Building - YT01-01 Next Steps in Health Reform 2017 October 26 6:15PM-7:30PM Warren Building - NT01 Sixth Annual Peter A. Jaszi Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property with Professor Rebecca Tushnet October 26 6:15PM-8:15PM Yuma Building - Y112 Preserving Perspectives: International Arbitrators in Their Own Words October 26 6:15PM-8:30PM Yuma Building - Y112 Oral History of International Arbitrator and former President of the Int'l Court of Justice: Stephen Schwebel October 26 8:00PM-9:00PM Y-401 1L Externship Orientation: Section 5 October 27 8:00AM-5:00PM Yuma Building - YT01-01 Next Steps in Health Reform October 27 8:45AM-3:30PM Warren Building - NT08 Unlocking the Promise of Antitrust Enforcement October 30 12:00PM-1:00PM Washington College of Law Mindfulness Mondays October 30 12:00PM-2:00PM Capital Building - C117 Claudio Grossman “Los derechos humanos como temática de trabajo de la Comisión de Derecho Internacional de las Naciones Unidas: Una actualización sobre el debate”. October 30 6:00PM-8:00PM NAFTA and the Digital Environment October 31 12:00PM-1:15PM Warren Building - NT03 Human Rights Reading Group October 31 12:00PM-1:30PM Yuma Building - YT01 A Conversation with David Rubenstein November 01 12:00PM-1:30PM Capital Building - Commons Gender and Law Course Advising November 01 4:00PM-5:00PM Washington College of Law Yoga Class November 01 6:00PM-8:00PM McDermott Will & Emery - 500 North Capital St NW Washington DC Fall Alumni Reception November 02 3:00PM-5:00PM Yuma Building - YT01 Race and Disability in Policing and Criminal Justice Reform November 03 8:00AM-5:00PM Washington College of Law 2017 National SJD Roundtable November 06 12:00PM-1:00PM Washington College of Law Mindfulness Mondays November 07 12:00PM-12:50PM Washington College of Law Gender and Law Lunch and Learn: Forced Labor Trafficking Panel November 07 3:00PM-4:00PM Warren Building - N102 SBA Academic Affairs Committee Meeting November 07 4:00PM-4:50PM Yuma Building - Y112 Martial Arts for Stress Relief with Professor Macarena Saez November 07 6:50PM-8:00PM Yuma Building - YT01 A Conversation on Gender, Development and Public Service November 08 8:30AM-3:00PM Warren Building - NT01 What's Next in the Pipeline? A discussion of the Legal, Economic, and Societal Implications of The Keystone XL Pipeline November 08 4:00PM-5:00PM Washington College of Law Yoga Class November 08 5:30PM-8:00PM Warren Building - NT01 Second Wenger Annual Distinguished Lecture on Trade: Current Standing and Future Prospects of The World Trading System November 10 9:00AM-5:00PM Yuma Building - YT01 Anatomy of Justice: An Honest Conversation on the Criminal Justice System in 2017 November 13 12:00PM-1:00PM Washington College of Law Mindfulness Mondays November 14 12:00PM-1:15PM Warren Building - NT03 Human Rights Reading Group November 14 4:00PM-4:50PM Yuma Building - Y112 Martial Arts for Stress Relief with Professor Macarena Saez November 15 4:00PM-5:00PM Washington College of Law Yoga Class November 20 12:00PM-1:00PM Washington College of Law Mindfulness Mondays November 20 12:00PM-1:00PM Yuma Building - Y116 Semester Abroad and International Dual Degree Information Session November 21 3:00PM-4:00PM Warren Building - N102 SBA Academic Affairs Committee Meeting November 22 4:00PM-5:00PM Washington College of Law Yoga Class November 27 12:00PM-1:00PM Washington College of Law Mindfulness Mondays November 29 4:00PM-5:00PM Washington College of Law Yoga Class December 04 12:00PM-1:00PM Washington College of Law Mindfulness Mondays December 06 4:00PM-5:00PM Washington College of Law Yoga Class December 06 5:00PM-7:00PM Washington College of Law French Toast Dinner December 11 12:00PM-1:00PM Washington College of Law Mindfulness Mondays December 13 4:00PM-5:00PM Washington College of Law Yoga Class December 18 12:00PM-1:00PM Washington College of Law Mindfulness Mondays December 20 4:00PM-5:00PM Washington College of Law Yoga Class
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