Recognizing the Contributions of 50 Top Innovators, Visionaries, and Leaders in Law
Washington, DC (July 19, 2012) – Legal publisher Fastcase today published the list of winners of its annual “Fastcase 50” award. The Fastcase 50 award recognizes the smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law.
Nominations were submitted by industry leaders, law firm managers, legal technology peers, and individuals around the world who recommended candidates deserving of this recognition.
“This is one of our favorite events of the year,” said Ed Walters, CEO of Fastcase. “We get to recognize our heroes, the great thinkers, creators, and risk-takers who make this such an interesting time to work in legal tech. Some of the winners are well known, but others deserve to be better known. And today we take a moment to recognize them.”
This year’s awardees are a diverse group of judges, lawyers, teachers, general counsel, law librarians, hackers (in the good sense, of course), and disruptors.
Congratulations to the following Fastcase 50 award recipients:
Ruthe C. Ashley, Founder and President, Diversity Matters
Josh Auriemma, Associate, The McShane Firm, LLC
Mary Alice Baish, Assistant Public Printer, Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office
Tom Boone, Reference Librarian, Loyola Law School
Mark Britton, Founder and CEO, Avvo
Susan Cartier Liebel, Founder and CEO, Solo Practice University
Greg Castanias, Global Library Partner, Jones Day
David Drummond, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Google
Jason Eiseman, Librarian for Emerging Technologies, Yale Law School
Tom Fleming, Director of Information and Resources Management, Jeffer, Mangels, Butler & Marmaro LLP
Jerry Goldman, Research Professor of Law at IIT Chicago Kent; Director of Oyez Project
William S. Hein, Jr., CEO, William S. Hein & Co
Matt Homann, Founder, LexThink
Denise Howell, Lawyer, Blogger, and Host of This Week In Law (TWiL)
Waldo Jaquith, Emerging Technologies, Yale Law School; Founder State Decoded
Jane Kinney Meyers, Founder, Lubuto Library Project
Rick Klau, Partner, Google Ventures
Marcia Koslov, Executive Director, Los Angeles Law Library
Mitchell Kowalski, Author and Sole Practitioner
Dahlia Lithwick, Senior Editor and Writer, Slate
Peter Martin, Dean Emeritus, Cornell Law School; Co-founder, Cornell Legal Information Institute
Elmer Masters, Director of Internet Development, CALI
Mark Mathewson, Director of Publications, Illinois State Bar Association
Erik Mazzone, Director of the Center for Practice Management, North Carolina Bar Association
Kyle McEntee, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Law School Transparency
Michael Mills, CEO, Neota Logic
Jack Newton, CEO &Co-founder, Clio
Mark O’Brien, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Pro Bono Net
Sabrina Pacifici, Founder and Editor, LLRX.com; Blogger, beSpacific.com
Larry Port, Co-founder and CEO, Rocket Matter
Michael Poulshock, Policy Automation Consultant, Oracle
Keith Rabois, Chief Operating Officer, Square
Hon. Jed Rakoff, Judge, U.S. District for the Southern District of New York
Jeff Richardson, Partner, Adams and Reese LLP; Blogger, iPhone J.D
Kathleen Richman, Executive Director, Law Library Microform Consortium (LLMC)
Tanina Rostain, Professor of Law and Research Director of the Center for the Study of the Legal Profession at Georgetown Law Center
Ed Scanlon, Founder and Chairman, Total Attorneys
Sarah Schacht, Founder and CEO, Knowledge As Power; Founder and Chair, Open Gov West
David Schnurman, President, Lawline
Daniel Schwartz, Member, Pullman & Comley, LLC; Blogger, Connecticut Employment Law Blog
Bruce Sewell, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Apple
Robert Shapiro, Lawyer; Co-founder, LegalZoom
Roger Skalbeck, Associate Law Librarian for Electronic Resources & Services, Georgetown Law Library; President of LLSDC
Regina Smith, Executive Director, Jenkins Law Library
Richard Susskind, Author, The Future of Lawyers; President, Society for Computers and Law
Reid Trautz, Director, American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Practice and Professionalism Center
John Tredennick, CEO, Catalyst Repository Systems
Todd Vincent, President and CEO, XML Legal
Leah Ward Sears, Partner, Schiff Hardin LLP; former Chief Justice, Georgia Supreme Court
Jason Wilson, Vice President, Jones McClure publishing; Blogger, Rethink.com
Fastcase 50 recipients will be celebrated during the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) annual meeting July 21-24 in Boston, Mass. The keynote speaker, Richard Susskind, is a 2012 Fastcase 50 winner who will be discussing the commoditization of legal services and elaborating on two concepts that will shape the future of the legal profession – decomposing and multi-sourcing.
To view profiles of each of the winners and to learn more about the Fastcase 50 award, visit http://www.fastcase.com/fastcase50-winners-2012/
Award-Winning iOS App Now Available for Android Phones and Tablets
Washington, DC (June 5, 2012) – Legal publisher Fastcase today launched the first legal research application for the Android platform. With the free download of the new app, Fastcase for Android, users can search Fastcase’s comprehensive national law library of cases and statutes anywhere, anytime, and on any Android device.
Like Fastcase’s award-winning apps for iPhone and iPad, the Android app incorporates Fastcase’s smarter search tools from the Web environment, including powerful algorithms that rank best results first, citation analysis tools, and Mobile Sync with desktop subscriptions to Fastcase.
And like Fastcase’s apps on iOS, the app is free to download, and although it requires a registration, it is free to use, either with or without a Fastcase desktop subscription.
In 2010, Fastcase was the first company to launch an app for legal research, and later, the first company to launch an app for iPad. The American Association of Law Libraries named Fastcase for iPhone the 2010 New Product of the Year. In 2011, Rocket Matter named Fastcase’s apps for iPhone and iPad the Legal Productivity App of the Year. Today, Fastcase continues this trend by launching the first-ever legal research app for the Android platform, which works seamlessly on phones and tablets.
Early reviews are calling the app a must-have for lawyers with Android devices:
“After air, the Fastcase apps make free the best things in life for lawyers: cases and statues.” (Sean Doherty, Law Technology News)
“In my opinion, every attorney should have this app on his or her mobile device. . . . With this app, it is quick and easy to do legal research on the road. And at a cost of zero, you can’t beat the price.” (Bob Ambrogi, LawSites Blog)
“According to the American Bar Association (ABA) 2011 Technology Survey, the award-winning Fastcase mobile apps are the “most-often mentioned product names for downloaded legal-specific smart phone apps” and account for more users in the legal-specific mobile marketplace (25%) than industry leaders Lexis (9%) and Westlaw (11%) combined.” (Jean O’Grady, Dewey B Strategic Blog)
“Fastcase seeks to set the standard for mobile legal research, and their mobile app design will be something Lexis and Westlaw will have to work hard to match. We’re only halfway through 2012, and I can already tell you this will be a 2012 must have Android app for attorneys.” (Jeffrey Taylor, TheDroidLawyer.com)
“I have no doubts that any attorney or librarian who needs to do research on the fly would consider this app to be an important part of their research arsenal.” (Jenny Wondracek, RIPS Law Librarian Blog)
“Android is the fastest-growing platform in the mobile market, and to our large community of Android users, we can finally say: the wait is over,” said Fastcase CEO Ed Walters.
The company recently launched Fastcase Mobile Sync, which allows full integration of its mobile apps with the desktop version of Fastcase. Mobile Sync securely synchronizes a user’s favorite documents and search history between mobile apps and desktop versions of Fastcase, whether through an enterprise firm subscription or through a state bar association.
Besides providing access to legal research through award-winning free mobile apps, the company currently provides smarter legal research tools to more than 500,000 subscribers, in a growing number of AmLaw 250 law firms, 22 state bar associations and dozens of voluntary bar associations and law schools.
Fastcase has gained very strong momentum in the legal research market recently. Fastcase was voted #1 in Law Technology News’s inaugural Customer Satisfaction Survey, finishing first in 7 out of 10 categories over traditional research providers Westlaw and LexisNexis. In recent months, Fastcase has introduced new opinion summaries and Fastcase Cloud Printing, and has been named to the prestigious EContent 100 list of leading digital publishing and media companies alongside Google, Amazon, Apple and Facebook for two years in a row.
For more information, visit www.fastcase.com.
As the smarter alternative for legal research, Fastcase democratizes the law, making it more accessible to more people. Using patented software that combines the best of legal research with the best of Web search, Fastcase helps busy users sift through the clutter, ranking the best cases first and enabling the re-sorting of results to find answers fast. Founded in 1999, Fastcase has more than 500,000 subscribers from around the world. Fastcase is an American company based in Washington, D.C. For more information, follow Fastcase on Twitter at @Fastcase, or visit www.fastcase.com.