Fastcase Announces Its 2017 ‘Fastcase 50’ Honorees

Every year since 2011, the legal research company Fastcase has honored the “Fastcase 50,” a selection of individuals it considers to be the “smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law.” This week, it announced its 2017 honorees, and they include a diverse array of lawyers, technologists, law librarians, policymakers, bar association executives, and business people.

[Disclosure: I was an honoree in the inaugural 2011 Fastcase 50.]

This year’s honorees will be celebrated during next week’s annual conference of the American Association of Law Libraries. They are:

  • 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.; cofounder, Planetizen.
  • Laurence Colletti, executive producer, Legal Talk Network.
  • Felicity Conrad, cofounder 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, cofounder and COO, Clio.
  • Chris Geidner, legal editor and Supreme Court correspondent, Buzzfeed.
  • Haben Girma, accessibility advocate and diversity consultant,
  • 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, cofounder and co-president, Yale’s Law and Technology Society.
  • Sam Harden, founder,,, and
  • Carla Hayden, 14th librarian, Library of Congress.
  • Cisselon Nichols Hurd, senior counsel, Shell Oil; cofounder, 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; cofounder, 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, cofounder, Upsolve.
  • Allan Ramsaur, executive director emeritus, Tennessee Bar Association.
  • Allen Rodriguez, founder, ONE400.
  • Antonia Roybal-Mack, founder,
  • 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, cofounder 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.

Biographies of the winners can be found at the Fastcase 50 website.

Congratulations to all!