Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2022, 2:00 – 2:45 PM ET
Legal technology instruction does not have to be limited to a stand-alone class. Technology skills and knowledge can be easily integrated into almost any course, including Word skills in legal writing, technology ethics in professional responsibility, and redaction in civil procedure. Introducing students to common legal technologies, such as case management software, time tracking, or even Excel, sets students up for success as lawyers. You can incorporate technology into most legal classes, skills-based or doctrinal. This webinar covers how law schools approach teaching technologies, the benefits of integrating technology in law schools, and how to start teaching technology in your own classes.
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Sara Sampson, J.D., Assistant Dean for Information Services & Communications, Director of Law Library, and Senior Lecturer, The Ohio State University Mortiz College of Law
Dean Sampson manages all aspects of communications, information technology, and the library for the Moritz College of Law. She regularly teaches Legal Writing & Analysis I and the LP3 course Law Practice Technology. Sampson writes and presents on topics related to legal research and writing and library management. She has coordinated teaching workshops for law librarians and regularly speaks at library and law conferences.
Sampson has been active and held leadership positions in the law library community. She is currently serving as the law library representative for Ohio’s statewide academic library consortium, OhioLink. Sampson has served on the boards of the Society of Academic Law Library Directors, Legal Information Preservation Alliance, Law Libraries Society of the District of Columbia, Academic Law Libraries Special Interest Section of AALL and Librarians’ Association at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She chaired the Section on Law Libraries and Legal Information of the American Association of Law Schools, the OhioLink Research Grant Committee, and the American Association of Law Libraries Publications Award Jury and has served on numerous other committees and juries.
She has also worked at the law libraries and taught law classes at Georgetown University Law Center and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). At Georgetown, Sampson was the head of reference and an adjunct professor teaching legal research skills for practice, advanced legal research, and introduction to scholarly note writing. At UNC, she served as deputy director of the law library and as a clinical assistant professor of law teaching advanced legal research courses.
Sampson has worked for all three branches of the Ohio government. During law school, she spent a summer working at the Ohio Legislative Service Commission and a year working at the Ohio Department of Mental Health’s legal department. Before becoming a librarian, she spent five years as a judicial law clerk at the Ohio Fourth District Court of Appeals. Sampson is a member of the Ohio Bar and Beta Phi Mu, the International Library & Information Studies Honor Society.
Debbie Ginsberg, Faculty Services Manager, oversees faculty research and support for the Library. She supervises FRIDA and three research librarians. She came to Harvard in 2021. She likes questions about legal technology and blockchain. Debbie holds a B.A. from Brown University, a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a J.D. from the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana), and an M.L.S. from Dominican University (River Forest). She is an inactive member of the Illinois Bar. Debbie has studied Russian, French, Japanese, German, and Latin but has pretty much forgotten them. Debbie has served as chair of CS-SIS (now LIT-SIS) and was actively involved in CALL. She currently is technology co-chair for LLNE. She previously was Educational Technology Librarian at Chicago-Kent, where she worked since 2002. She also was the AIDS advocacy attorney for the (now defunct) Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation and clerked for Justice Warren Wolfson of the Illinois Appellate Court. Debbie has two teens who at this point probably know more about tech than she does, two photogenic cats, and way too much yarn. Debbie likes drawing on her iPad while listening to as many free audiobooks as she can download from the public library.
Professor Jennifer Wondracek brings thirteen years of law librarian and teaching experience to the law school. Professor Wondracek most recently served as the Director of Legal Educational Technology for UNT Dallas, which allowed her to build her expertise in legal technology and help establish a technology competency requirement for the JD program at the school. In January 2021, Professor Wondracek was selected as an ABA LTRC Women of Legal Tech honoree. Professor Wondracek also served as a law librarian at the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law, Elon University School of Law, and Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law. Prior to becoming a law librarian, she worked with North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services as a Staff Attorney. Professor Wondracek has shared her experience over her seventeen-year career with a variety of audiences at conferences and CLEs such as the ABA Techshow, the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Meeting, the CALI Conference, the Dallas Bar Association, and the Texas Bar Association.
Professor Wondracek is an active member of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), including several special interest sections, such as Research instruction and Patron Services (past Chair), Government Documents (past Chair), and Academic Law Libraries. In addition, she seeks to be active locally, having worked with several of the regional chapters of AALL, including Dallas Association of Law Librarians (past President) and the Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries, as well as her local Bar Associations, including Dallas Bar Association (Committee member for Continuing Legal Education, Library, and Courthouse committees). Professor Wondracek has already sought out the local Ohio law librarian and bar associations to become an active member of her new legal community.