Office of Student Affairs

Student Affairs is synonymous with comprehensive support for the law student community. Services include advising on course selection and academic planning as well as referral to faculty members for counsel in particular practice areas. Besides providing personal counseling in a confidential environment, Student Affairs offers access to a network of available services for additional support. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the office also offers comprehensive assistance to law students with special needs. Students are welcome to consult with the staff for other types of assistance. Each year, Student Affairs develops an outreach program with student organizations designed to facilitate student involvement in law school conferences, seminars, and special activities. The associate dean of student affairs meets regularly with the Student Bar Association (SBA) president and other student representatives to ensure an ongoing dialogue regarding concerns of the student community. Student Affairs maintains extended office hours and organizes events to meet the particular interests and needs of law students in the evening (part-time) program.


David B. JaffeDavid Jaffe
Associate Dean of Students
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David B. Jaffe is the Associate Dean for 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. David also has directed WCL's June programs in Chile and more recently in Turkey. He received a BA in Spanish from Washington University in St. Louis and his J.D. from American University Washington College of Law. David previously served as director of alumni relations for AUWCL and also as special assistant to the dean.

Sarah Stanley
Assistant Director of Student Affairs
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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
Student Affairs and ADA Coordinator
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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.

Karin Arndt , Ph.D.
Part-Time Staff Clinician, Counseling Center
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Dr. Arndt is a licensed clinical psychologist in DC and provides psychotherapy to both WCL and American University students. She received a B.A. in English literature and Psychology from Rutgers College, an M.A. in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Duquesne University. She completed a predoctoral internship at the University of California at Santa Cruz and a postdoctoral residency at Cornell University. Dr. Arndt has also served as a staff psychologist at Drexel University and Tulane University's counseling centers. Her therapeutic approach is largely psychodynamic though ultimately integrative and tailored to each student's needs. She considers herself a generalist and enjoys working with a wide variety of students and presenting concerns.

Sarah Halpert , Ph.D.
Part-Time Staff Clinician, Counseling Center
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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.

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