Strategies for Implementing Technology in Law Courses: A Roundtable

Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2022, 1:00 – 2:30 PM ET


Webinar Description:

Technology is transforming the practice and teaching of law. Law librarians are often the earliest and most energetic advocates for new technology in many law schools.

Recognizing the vital role of law librarians as agents of change, the Collaboration Committee of the AALS Section on Technology, Law and Legal Education and the AALS Section on Law Libraries and Legal Information Committee are planning a spring 2023 program on strategies for implementing technology in law course curricula.

To broaden our thinking and sharpen our focus, the Committees will facilitate a preliminary open roundtable discussion to identify topics and best practices for the spring program.


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Charles von Simpson, Clinical Associate Professor, Law & Entrepreneurship Clinics, University of Wisconsin Law School

Charles von Simson is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic where he supervises students advising inventors, founders, startups and early stage companies. Charlie also teaches a course in intellectual property licensing.

Prior to joining the UW faculty, Charlie spent two years as a legal subject matter expert at a Toronto startup building an AI-driven legal technology platform.  Charlie worked with a team of machine learning engineers to train and test algorithms designed to engage in sophisticated legal analysis and replicate lawyers’ workflows.

Before working at a startup, Charlie spent over twenty years in private practice in New York specializing in intellectual property transactions and litigation. He has been lead counsel in state and federal courts throughout the United States and has represented clients in complex negotiations in the United States and Canada.

While in law school, Charlie served as Editor in Chief of the Brooklyn Journal of International Law.  He began his legal career as law clerk to United States District Judge John T. Curtin.  Charlie was an associate at White & Case LLP and Reed Smith LLP, the founding partner of von Simson & Chin LLP and a partner at Barclay Damon LLP.

Charlie is a member of the New York and Wisconsin bars. In 2017 he was named an Empire State Counsel by the New York State Bar Association for his commitment to pro bono work.

Before his legal career Charlie was a consultant and journalist in the computer industry, including a position as a Silicon Valley correspondent for Computerworld.


Faye E. Jones, Director, Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Memorial Law Library, Clinical Professor of Law, University of Illinois College of Law

Faye Jones joined the University of Illinois College of Law in 2015 as director of the Albert E. Jenner Law Library and Clinical Professor of Law. She has more than 30 years of experience as a law librarian and law teacher. Her focus at Illinois is to develop faculty research support programs, expand the legal research curriculum for students, and teach substantive and legal research courses, including Privacy and Cybersecurity Law, Advanced Legal Research, and Introduction to Legal Research.

Prior to joining Illinois, Professor Jones worked at the Florida State University College of Law, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law; University of California, Hastings College of the Law; and the University of Puget Sound School of Law.

Professor Jones also served on active and reserve duty with the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps. She earned the Navy Achievement Medal for leadership as Commanding Officer, VTU-Law 2207, and retired with the rank of Commander. She is admitted to practice in Florida and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. She earned her undergraduate degree in Library Science cum laude and her Masters of Library Science from the Florida State University, and her law degree at Nova Southeastern University.


Nichelle J. Perry, Director of the Law Library & Assistant Professor of Law, North Carolina Central University School of Law

Nichelle J. Perry received her Master of Library Science and Juris Doctor degrees from North Carolina Central University. She currently serves as an Associate Professor and the Director of the Library. Prior to becoming director, she served as the Assistant Director and the Reference Instructional Librarian at NCCU and the Reference/Electronic Services Librarian at the Kathrine R. Everett Law Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Additionally, she served as a judicial law clerk for North Carolina Court of Appeal judge Clifton E. Johnson. She serves on several regional and national library committees and is a member of the North Carolina State Bar.

She teaches Advanced Legal Research and Law Practice Technology.


Susan H. Stephan, Director of the Master of Legal Studies Program, University of Cincinnati College of Law

Susan H. Stephan serves as director of the Master of Legal Studies program at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. She has taught as an adjunct law professor since 2001 in areas including antitrust, privacy, information security, intellectual property, administrative law, workers’ compensation, labor and employment, pretrial skills, alternative dispute resolution, and law and economics. Stephan practiced law beginning in 1992, with a focus on legal challenges involving intellectual property, e-commerce and the Internet, privacy and data security, employment, workers’ compensation, and general corporate legal matters on behalf of individual and business clients.

Stephan received an LL.M. in IT law from the University of Edinburgh, a J.D. from the Mitchell Hamline School of Law, a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from New York University, a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, and a Certificate in Online Distance Education from the University of Minnesota.