Using Online Teaching Tools to Improve the In-class Experience

Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 2:00 – 2:45 PM ET

Webinar Description:

This is the first in the summer series of webinars brought to you by the AALS Section on Technology, Law & Legal Education Committee.

The experience of hybrid and online education during the pandemic should prompt us to rethink what happens in the classroom, to take full advantage of an experience of being together that we can no longer take for granted. Online teaching tools permit us to distinguish in our teaching between those interventions that require group interactions in the classroom and those interventions that are directed towards students as individual learners. This webinar describes how to use digital tools to facilitate student study outside of class to prepare students to take full advantage of the affordances of the analog, physical classroom.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will understand digital tools available to facilitate study outside of the classroom.
  2. Participants will be able to reconsider what learning activities should take place in and outside of the classroom.
  3. Participants will identify teaching tools appropriate for group vs. individual learning.


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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.




Andrew Mamo, Assistant Professor of Law, Northern Illinois University College of Law

Andrew Mamo joined NIU in 2020 and teaches in the areas of contracts, business associations, dispute resolution, mediation and negotiation. He was previously a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and a Clinical Instructor at the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program. At Harvard, Professor Mamo taught negotiation and supervised teams of clinical students in representing clients on a range of dispute systems design projects. Professor Mamo’s research broadly concerns the experiences of disputants within the legal system. More specifically, he studies the history and theory of dispute resolution and negotiation, with a particular focus on the history of dispute resolution practices, the role of technology in dispute resolution, and the professionalization of third-party neutrals. His current projects include a study of race and negotiation theory and a study of the use of non-judicial dispute resolution mechanisms in international law.

Professor Mamo received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2014, his Ph.D. in history from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011, and his S.B. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2004. Prior to returning to Harvard Law School, he worked on cross-border capital markets and project finance transactions at a major international law firm in Singapore, and clerked for Judges Hisashi Owada and Julia Sebutinde at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.