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Fastcase Announces 2019 “Fastcase 50” Award Winners

Honors 50 Innovators, Visionaries, and Leaders in Law


WASHINGTON, DC (July 10, 2019) – Legal publisher Fastcase today announced the company’s annual list of “Fastcase 50” honorees. Selected from online nominations, the award recognizes the year’s smartest, most courageous, innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law.


View the 2019 winners at http://www.fastcase.com/fastcase50


Each year since the inaugural awards in 2011, the Fastcase 50 has applauded the most fascinating trailblazers and architects of the future of law and legal technology. The award recognizes pioneering people who have made important contributions to the legal profession, for practitioners and the public. The honorees for the Fastcase 50 Class of 2019 represent a diverse group of lawyers, legal technologists, law librarians, bar association leaders, and people who are passionate about reforming and automating the law.


The Fastcase 50 is one of our team’s favorite events every year, and our ninth class is one of our strongest,” said Fastcase CEO Ed Walters. “These honorees are journalists, lawyers, information professionals, pioneers, and entrepreneurs who inspire us. We’re happy to share the light of their work as a beacon for all of us.”


This is the ninth class of Fastcase 50 honorees, and for a ninth consecutive year, the company received a record number of nominees. Fastcase is happy to introduce the Fastcase 50 Class of 2019.


Congratulations to the following Fastcase 50 award recipients:


Anette Aav, Director, IT Law Programme, University of Tartu

Charlotte Alexander, Director, Legal Analytics Lab; Associate Professor, Georgia State University

Jason Barnwell, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft

Raymond Bayley, CEO and Co-Founder, Novus Law LLC

Kim Bennett, Founder, K Bennett Law

Jess Birken, Founder, Birken Law Office

Michael Bommarito, CEO and Co-Founder, LexPredict; Adjunct Professor of Law, Michigan State University; Head of Research, ReInventLaw Laboratory

Brenda Castello, Executive Director and CFO, New Mexico Compilation Commission

Jack Cushman, Fellow, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society; Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School

Michael Dreeben, Deputy Solicitor General, U.S. Department of Justice (retired)

Marlene Gebauer, Global Director of Strategic Legal Insights, Greenberg Traurig LLP

Anusia Gillespie, U.S. Director of Innovation, Eversheds Sutherland

Gillian Hadfield, Professor of Law, University of Toronto Faculty of Law; Author, Rules For a Flat World

Brad Heath, D.C. Justice and Investigations Editor, USA Today

Seamus Hughes, Program on Extremism Deputy Director, George Washington University

Darla Jackson, Research and Electronic Resources Librarian, The University of Oklahoma College of Law

Sukesh Kamra, National Director, Knowledge Management, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada

Catherine Krow, Founder and CEO, Digitory Legal

Marie Kulbeth, COO and General Counsel, SixFifty

Christian Lang, Head of Strategy, Reynen Court; Founder, NY Legal Tech Meetup

Marc Lauritsen, Founder and President, Capstone Practice Systems

James Lee, Co-Founder and CEO, LegalMation; Founding Partner, LTL Attorneys LLP

Erin Levine, Founder and CEO, Hello Divorce

Tiffany Li, Resident Fellow, Information Society Project, Yale Law School

Jason Lockhart, Partner, McAngus Goudelock & Courie (MGC)

Mike Maschke, CEO, Sensi Enterprises, Inc.

Tony Mauro, Supreme Court Correspondent, ALM’s Supreme Court Brief

Dorna Moini, Founder and CEO, Documate

Cat Moon, Director of Innovation Design and Adjunct Professor, Vanderbilt Law School

Ian Nelson, Co-Founder, Hotshot Legal

Craig Newton, Co-Director, Cornell Legal Information Institute

Jonah Paransky, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Wolters Kluwer’s ELM Solutions

Keith Porcaro, Co-Founder, Digital Public; Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law Center

Seth Price, Founder, BluShark Digital; Founding Partner, Price Benowitz LLP

Jayne Reardon, Executive Director, Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism

Erika Rickard, Senior Officer, Civil Legal System Modernization, The Pew Charitable Trusts

Heather Rosing, President, California Lawyers Association; CFO and Shareholder, Klinedinst PC

Jim Shelar, Former Chief Law Librarian, Arnold & Porter (In Memoriam)

Janine Sickmeyer, CEO and Founder, NextChapter

George Simons, Co-Founder, Lawble; Founder, SoloSuit; Co-Organizer, Global Legal Hackathon

Scott Sipe, Associate Publisher, Carolina Academic Press

Ed Sohn, Managing Director, EY

Alyza Tarmohamed, Senior Director, LegalVIEW Bill Analyzer, Wolters Kluwer

Jason Tashea, Legal Affairs Journalist, ABA Journal; Founder and Director, Justice Codes; Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown Law

Roberta Tepper, Lawyer Assistance Programs Director, State Bar of Arizona

Renee Thompson, Mediator, Upchurch Watson White & Max; Executive Committee Member and Incoming Chair of the Board Technology Committee, The Florida Bar

Shawn Tuma, Partner, Spencer Fane

Anand Upadhye, Attorney and Vice President of Business Development, Casetext

Susan Williams, Reporter of Decisions, Arkansas Supreme Court

Miguel Willis, Founder, Access To Justice Fellows; Presidential Innovation Fellow, Law School Admission Council


Fastcase 50 recipients will be celebrated during the 2019 American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Meeting July 13-16 in Washington, D.C.


To view profiles of each of the winners and to learn more about the Fastcase 50 award, visit http://www.fastcase.com/fastcase50



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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 900,000 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.


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