“Our two new professors bring a wealth of experience combined with impressive academic backgrounds,” said NIU Law Interim Dean Laurel Rigertas. “They will both be excellent additions to our faculty and our students will benefit greatly from their expertise.”
Andrew Mamo will be teaching in the areas of contracts, business associations, dispute resolution, mediation and negotiation. He is currently a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and a Clinical Instructor at the Harvard Negotiation & Mediation Clinical Program. At Harvard, Professor Mamo teaches negotiation and supervises 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.
Jeffrey Omari will be teaching in the areas of constitutional law, privacy law, business associations and torts. He joins NIU Law with a rich interdisciplinary background; his research sits at the intersection of law, technology, and social science. His current work examines internet governance through the lens of Brazil’s cyber law, the Marco Civil da Internet (MCI). Through its promotion of internet access as a civil right, protection of net neutrality, and its call for openness in the online realm, the MCI seeks to foster democratic internet governance in Brazil. Professor Omari spent 18 months in that country conducting ethnographic fieldwork in two contrasting locations: the favelas (informal, low-income communities) of Rio de Janeiro and in Brazil’s top law school, Fundação Getúlio Vargas Direito.
Professor Omari was formerly the Visiting Assistant Professor in the Center for Civil and Human Rights at Gonzaga University School of Law. In 2018, he earned a PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He was also formerly a Law and Social Science Doctoral Fellow at the American Bar Foundation. Before pursuing his PhD, he practiced entertainment law in Atlanta and Los Angeles, respectively. Professor Omari has published articles in the areas of internet governance and music law. He holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Morehouse College.