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Sara A. Sampson

Clinical Assistant Professor of Law and Deputy Director of the Law Library


  • M.S., Library and Information Science, Kent State University (2004)
  • J.D. (With Honors), Ohio State University (1997)
  • B.S., Ohio State University (1993)

As Deputy Director of the Library, Sara manages the day-to-day operations of the library including budgeting, collections, facilities, personnel, and services.

Sara also holds an adjunct appointment at UNC's School of Information and Library Science and teaches the Law Libraries and Legal Information course.

Before arriving at UNC, Sara worked at Georgetown University as the Head of Reference and an adjunct professor. While at Georgetown, she taught Legal Research Skills for Practice, Advanced Legal Research, and Introduction to Scholarly Note Writing.  She was also a reference librarian and adjunct legal writing professor at Ohio State University College of Law. She taught Legal Research, Appellate Advocacy, and Legal Writing and Analysis. At Ohio State, she was a member of the Election Law @ Moritz Team and developed an expertise in election law research. 

Sara is actively involved in library professional organizations. She regularly speaks at library and legal writing conferences. She has chaired the Research and Publication committee of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL).  She has previously served as the Vice President of the Law Librarians Society of Washington, DC and the Secretary/Treasurer of the Academic Law Libraries section of AALL.  She served as editor and assistant editor of LLSDC's Law Library Lights. Sara taught courses in the library schools at both the University of Maryland and the Catholic University of America and in the paralegal program at Georgetown University.

Before becoming a librarian, Sara spent five years as a judicial law clerk at the Ohio Fourth District Court of Appeals. She is a member of the Ohio bar and Beta Phi Mu, the International Library & Information Studies Honor Society.

Selected Publications

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  • NORTH CAROLINA LEGAL RESEARCH (with S. Childs) (2nd ed., CAROLINA ACAD. PRESS, forthcoming 2014).
  • The Promise and Perils of Massive Open Online Courses: MOOCs and the Role of Law Librarians (S. Sampson and L. Street), AALL SPECTRUM, Feb. 2014, at 9. [Document Link]
  • Public Services (Anne Klinefelter, Sara Sampson), in LAW LIBRARIANSHIP IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY (Lisa Smith-Butler, Roy Balleste and Sonia Luna-Lamas, eds.) (Scarecrow Press, October 2013).
  • Appendix: Election Law Research Guide, in ELECTION LAW: CASES AND MATERIALS (D. Lowenstein, R. Hansen & D. Tokaji eds.) (5th ed., Carolina Academic Press, 2012). [KF4886.A4 L69 2012]
  • Preemption Checking, CALI (2011). [Document Link]
  • A Content Analysis of Chat Transcripts in the Georgetown Law Library (with Y. Morais), 29 LEGAL REFERENCE SERVICES Q. 165 (2010). [Document Link]
  • STATE DOCUMENTS BIBLIOGRAPHY: VIRGINIA (with M. Krause), (Chicago American Association of Law Libraries 2d ed. rev., 2010). [KFV2401 .L53 2010]
  • Book Review (of INTERNATIONAL ELECTION PRINCIPLES: DEMOCRACY AND THE RULE OF LAW (John Hardin Young ed. 2009)), 101 LAW LIBR. J. 542 (2009). [Hein K3293 .I58 2009]
  • OHIO LEGAL RESEARCH (with K. Hall), (Durham, N.C.: Carolina Academic Press, 2009). [KFO75 .H357 2009]
  • Researching Initiatives and Referenda: A Guide for Ohio, in EXPLORING INITIATIVE AND REFERENDUM LAW: SELECTED STATE RESEARCH GUIDES (B. Williams ed., London: Routledge, 2009). [KF241.E54 W55 2009]
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