You nominated your favorite legal innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders. In July, Fastcase announced the 50 recipients of the inaugural “Fastcase 50” award from a very impressive group of nominees ranging from lawyers and judges to librarians and public servants. We collected helpful online resources from ten winners that you can use in your practice – starting today.
Anurag Acharya is the principal engineer driving Google Scholar which launched in 2009. Search legal opinions and journals for free at scholar.google.com.
Robert (Bob) Ambrogi is one of the most respected lawyers, arbitrators, and legal technology journalists in the United States. Read Bob’s product reviews and analysis in Law Technology News magazine and on his blog www.lawsitesblog.com.
Nicole Black is a technology author and blogger who is passionate about sharing her knowledge with other attorneys. She helps show lawyers how everything from Twitter to iPads can be helpful in practice. Read her blog Sui Generis at http://www.nylawblog.typepad.com/.
Tom Bruce is director and co-founder of the Legal Information Institute (LII) at Cornell Law School and a world leader in democratizing the law. In fact, LIIs around the world have followed Cornell’s example — today legal information institutes promote the rule of law around the world. Take a look at Wex, LII’s community-built, free legal dictionary at http://topics.law.cornell.edu/wex/all.
Since Carolyn Elefant started her firm in 1993, she’s been a resource and advocate for solo and small firm lawyers seeking to leverage technology and compete with larger firms. Read her posts about using social media, billing, and running a tech-savvy practice at myshingle.com.
Joe Hodnicki is director of the Butler County Law Library and frequently speaks about open access to legal documents. Keep an eye on his blogs, lawprofessors.typepad.com/law_librarian_blog and law professor blogs at www.lawprofessorblogs.com.
David Lat is the founder and managing editor of Above the Law, one of the most-read blogs among law students, professors, and lawyers. His blog take a behind the scenes look at the legal world including news, gossip, and original commentary. Check it out at http://abovethelaw.com/.
Larry Lessig is the Internet’s most important public intellectual. To get an idea of who he is, watch his “Code is Law” presentation from ABA TechShow 2011. You can find it on YouTube here: http://bitURL.net/byvh.
Nerino Petro serves as the Practice Management Advisor for the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Practice411TM Law Office Management Assistance Program where he helps attorneys operate their offices in a smarter and more efficient way. He blogs about practice management and legal technology for the modern lawyer at www.compujurist.com.
Tim Stanley is the CEO of Justia, where he helps lawyers promote their practices and develop their careers online — with a very large side business as the largest publisher and innovator of free law on the Internet. Tim has innovated in so many ways – the newest being Verdict – a new legal analysis and commentary site by Tim and his team at Justia. Read daily articles at http://verdict.justia.com/.
Read more about these Fastcase 50 winners and others at http://www.fastcase.com/fastcase50-winners/.
As the smarter alternative for legal research, Fastcase democratizes access to the law, making legal documents more accessible to more people. Using patented software that combines the best of legal research with the best of Web search, Fastcase makes it easier to find useful information. Founded in 1999, Fastcase has more than 500,000 subscribers worldwide. Fastcase partners with the West Virginia Bar Association and twenty other state bar associations to bring free legal research to members.