Wednesday, July 15, 2015

2015 Fastcase 50 Award Winners Announced: Trailblazers Include Law Librarians, Access to Justice Pioneers, Legal Education Innovators, Legal Research Entrepreneurs and Bloggers

This morning Fastcase released their 5th list of entrepreneurs, innovators and trailblazers:

Katheen Martin - who is currently the Circuit Court Librarian, Montgomery County Maryland and
President of the Maryland Law Library Association. Kate is beloved by the private law librarian community because  when she was a Library Director at Morgan Lewis and PLL Chair in 2010 she came up with the idea of creating the PLL Summit.
Kate Martin
The Summit was designed to encourage a creative response to the "the great legal market meltdown" which began in 2007. The PLL Summit has become an important annual event and at which private Law Librarians gather to learn about the most innovative approaches to delivering information and knowledge services in the evolving law firm environment. This year's Summit which is July 18th is held conjunction with the AALL Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. It will focus on "The Innovation Imperative." Since moving to the Montgomery County Circuit Court, Kate has continued to innovate by focusing on the role law librarians can play in Access to Justice. Last year she organized the first Access to Justice Summit Conference for Law Librarians. She continues to offer "Everday Law" workshops to help ordinary citizens who can't afford lawyers to understand the legal issues impacting their lives such as online privacy or housing issues.

Another Access to Justice Pioneer is Sheldon Krantz, a retired DLA Piper partner who came up with the idea of the DC Affordable Law Firm.Starting this fall, he will serve as the Executive Director to the newly created D.C. Affordable Law Firm, a joint endeavor between the Georgetown University Law Center, Arent Fox, and DLA Piper, to address the needs of the under served in the DC area. He literally wrote the book on how to reinvent law: "The Legal Profession: What is Wrong and How to Fix It."

David Mao - Deputy Director of the Library of Congress and formerly Law Librarian of Congress. Also formerly a private firm librarian at Covington & Burling. Could a real Librarian, and a Law Librarian at that be appointed as the  first holder of an M.L.S degree to be appointed as "Librarian of Congress?"  Just in time  to have a real library professional ---  as the greatest library on earth designs it digital future It's about time!

Great Blogger:
3 Geeks blogger Ryan McClead, Legal Technology Innovation Architect, Norton Rose Fulbright.

Legal Education Innovators:

Dean Andrew Perlman Dean, Suffolk Law School; Director, Institute on Law Practice Technology and Innovation; Director, Legal Technology and Innovation Concentration.

 Oliver Goodenough,Director, Center for Legal Innovation and Professor of Law, Vermont Law School; Faculty fellow, The Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University

Research Product Innovators:
Gavid McGrane, CEO and Founder of Pacer Pro: Joe Mornin, Founder of Bestlaw ,
Pablo Arredondo Vice President of Legal Research, Casetext

Congratulations to all. And thanks to Fastcase for creating a platform which highlights excellence and innovation in the legal profession.

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