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Fastcase Announces 2017 “Fastcase 50” Award Winners

Honors 50 Innovators, Visionaries, and Leaders in Law

WASHINGTON, DC (July 10, 2017) – 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 2017 winners at www.fastcase.com/fastcase50/2017

Since the inaugural awards in 2011, the Fastcase 50 has spotlighted and applauded the most fascinating trailblazers and architects of the future of law and legal technology. The honorees for the Fastcase 50 Class of 2017 represent a diverse group of lawyers, legal technologists, policymakers, law librarians, bar association executives, and innovators from all walks of life. The award recognizes pioneering people who have made important contributions to the legal profession, for practitioners and the public

“The Fastcase 50 Award is one of our team’s favorite events each year,” said Fastcase CEO Ed Walters. “We may be entering a golden age of innovation in legal tech, and in the delivery of legal services, and you can really see that in this year’s list of recipients. There are real heroes among us, and we simply love to recognize their work,” he said.

This is the seventh class of Fastcase 50 honorees, and for a seventh consecutive year, the company received a record number of nominees. Fastcase is happy to introduce the Fastcase 50 Class of 2017.

Congratulations to the following Fastcase 50 award recipients:

Jonathan Askin, Founder and Director, Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy Clinic

Joseph Bahgat, Managing Attorney, Bahgat & Bahgat

Sheila Baldwin, Member Benefits Coordinator, State Bar of Georgia

Marie Bernard, Europe Director of Innovation, Dentons; Strategic Advisor, Nextlaw Labs

Joyce Brafford, Interim Director of the Center for Practice Management and Practice Management Advisor, North Carolina Bar Association

Joshua Browder, Founder, DoNotPay

George Brown, Executive Director (retired), State Bar of Wisconsin

Abhijeet Chavan, Chief Technology Officer, Urban Insight, Inc.; Co-Founder, Planetizen

Laurence Colletti, Executive Producer, Legal Talk Network

Felicity Conrad, Co-Founder and CEO, Paladin

Jim Cook, Executive Director, Idaho Legal Aid Services

Robyn K. Crawford, Assistant State Attorney, Florida’s Fifth Judicial Circuit

Kathryn DeBord, Chief Innovation Officer, Bryan Cave

Stephanie Everett, Executive Director, Lawyers for Equal Justice

Rian Gauvreau, Co-Founder and COO, Clio

Chris Geidner, Legal Editor and Supreme Court Correspondent, Buzzfeed

Haben Girma, Accessibility advocate and diversity consultant, HabenGirma.com

Tom Gordon, Executive Director, Responsive Law

Monica Goyal, Founder, My Legal Briefcase and Aluvion Law; Adjunct Professor of Law, Osgoode Hall Law School at York University

Maura R. Grossman, Author; Research Professor, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo, Ontario; Principal, Maura Grossman Law

Deepak Gupta, Founding Principal, Gupta Wessler PLLC.

Misha Guttentag, Co-Founder and Co-President, Yale’s Law and Technology Society

Sam Harden, Founder, Courtdatesearch.com, Mycourtcase.org, and Legaloptics.com

Carla Hayden, 14th Librarian, Library of Congress

Cisselon Nichols Hurd, Senior Counsel, Shell Oil; Co-Founder, UT Center for Women in Law

Belinda Johnson, Chief of Business Affairs and Legal Officer, AIrbnb

Sun Kim, Special Counsel for Technology Initiatives, New York State Courts Access to Justice Program

Kevin Lee, Law Professor, Campbell Law School; Chair, North Carolina Bar Association Committee on the Future of Law

Thomas G. Martin, Founder, LawDroid; Co-Founder, Vancouver Legal Hackers

Anna McGrane, COO, PacerPro

Brooke Moore, Founder, MyVirtual.Lawyer

Mary Shen O’Carroll, Head of Legal Operations, Technology, and Strategy, Google

Rohan Pavuluri, Founder, Upsolve

Lawton Penn, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine; Head of DWT De Novo

Jonathan Petts, Co-Founder, Upsolve

Allan Ramsaur, Executive Director Emeritus, Tennessee Bar Association

Allen Rodriguez, Fonder, ONE400

Antonia Roybal-Mack, Founder, DivorceNM.com

Jeff Sharer, Co-Chair, Akerman Data Law Center; Author

Michelle Silverthorn, Diversity and Education Director, Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism

Gordon Smith, Dean, BYU Law

Jason Smith, Senior Director and Legal Counsel, Apttus

Kristen Sonday, Co-Founder and COO, Paladin

Billie Tarascio, Founder, Modern Law PLLC

Kelvin Tran, Founder, Litimetrics

Cameron Vann, Senior Staff Attorney, Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program of the State Bar of Texas

Darth Vaughn, Director of Legal Service Delivery, Haight Brown & Bonestee

Rochelle Washington, Practice Management Advisor, D.C. Bar

Janet Welch, Executive Director, State Bar of Michigan

Adam Ziegler, Managing Director, Harvard Law School Library Innovation Lab

Fastcase 50 recipients will be celebrated during the 2017 American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Meeting July 15-18 in Austin, Texas.

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

About Fastcase

Fastcase is a leading legal publisher focused on smarter legal software that democratizes the law. 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 800,000 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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