Presenters for this years conference
Ed Walters, CEO Fastcase
ED WALTERS is the CEO and co-founder of Fastcase, an online legal research
software company based in Washington, D.C. Under Professor Walters's
leadership, Fastcase has grown to one of the world's largest legal
publishers, serving more than 800,000 subscribers from around the world.
Before founding Fastcase, Mr. Walters worked at Covington & Burling,
in Washington D.C. and Brussels. His practice focused on corporate advisory
work for software companies and sports leagues, and intellectual property
Mr. Walters worked in the White House from 1991-1993, first in the
Office of Media Affairs and then in the Office of Presidential
Speechwriting. After working in the White House, he was the lead account
executive in an influential Washington public relations boutique. He has
written for The Washington Post, The New York Times, The University of
Chicago Law Review, The Green Bag, and Legal Times, and has spoken
extensively on legal publishing around the country.
Mr. Walters earned an A.B. in government from Georgetown University
and a J.D. from the University of Chicago. He served as the Editor-in-Chief
and Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Hoya, Georgetown University's
college newspaper, and during law school, he served as an editor of The
University of Chicago Law Review. From 1996-97, he served as a judicial
clerk with the Hon. Emilio M. Garza on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the
Fifth Circuit. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar and the District of
Columbia Bar, and he has been admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court
and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and Fifth Circuits. He
serves on the boards of Pro Bono Net, Public.Resource.org, and Friends of
Telecom Without Borders. He has served on the Visiting Committee for the
University of Chicago Law School, and the Visiting Committee for the
University of Chicago Main Campus Library System.
Corynne McSherry, Legal Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Corynne McSherry is the Legal Director at EFF, specializing in intellectual
property, open access, and free speech issues. Her favorite cases involve
defending online fair use, political expression, and the public domain
against the assault of copyright maximalists. As a litigator, she has
represented Professor Lawrence Lessig, Public.Resource.Org, the Yes Men, and
a dancing baby, among others, and one of her first cases at EFF was In re
Sony BMG CD Technologies Litigation (aka the "rootkit" case). In 2015 she
was named one of California's Top Entertainment Lawyers. She was also named
AmLaw's "Litigator of the Week" for her work on Lenz v. Universal. Her
policy work includes leading EFF’s effort to fix copyright (including the
successful effort to shut down the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA), promote
net neutrality, and promote best practices for online expression. In 2014,
she testified before Congress about problems with the Digital Millennium
Copyright Act. Corynne comments regularly on digital rights issues and has
been quoted in a variety of outlets, including NPR, CBS News, Fox News, the
New York Times, Billboard, the Wall Street Journal, and Rolling Stone. Prior
to joining EFF, Corynne was a civil litigator at the law firm of Bingham
McCutchen, LLP. Corynne has a B.A. from the University of California at
Santa Cruz, a Ph.D from the University of California at San Diego, and a
J.D. from Stanford Law School. While in law school, Corynne published Who
Owns Academic Work?: Battling for Control of Intellectual Property (Harvard
University Press, 2001).
Linda Awuor, National Council for Law Reporting (Kenya Law)
Linda Awuor Ochieng is a Senior Law Reporter and Head of the Research and
Development Department at the National Council for Law Reporting (NCLR). She
holds a degree in Law from the University of Nairobi and a diploma in Law
from the Kenya School of Law.
Frank Bennett, University of Nagoya School of Law
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Law, Nagoya University, Japan
(1998-present); Lecturer in Law, SOAS, University of London (1988-1998);
J.D., UCLA School of Law (1987). Research and development interests
include comparative law, property law, and legal informatics. Code
implementation of the Citation Style Language) and Multilingual Zotero
(MLZ, an experimental variant of the Zotero research and referencing
Sophie Bussmann, African Innovation Foundation
Sophie is the Director of the African Law Library, a core program of the
African Innovation Foundation that advocates for open and free access to
African legal resources.
Sophie joined the Foundation in June 2014, and speaks French, English and
Spanish. She holds a Masters in Political Science as well as an MBA degree,
and is a member of the advisory board for Africa Business and Legal
Expertise (ABLE) an international network of lawyers who specialise in
African business law.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Sophie was Senior Manager for the Africa
region at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Geneva. In this role, she was
responsible for key relationships and strategic initiatives with African
governments and business leaders.
Sophie also worked in the Geneva's audit department of Ernst & Young (EY)
one of the "Big Four" global audit firms, as well as the tax division of
Lenz & Staehelin, Switzerland's largest business law firm.
She started her career as Public Relations Manager for Summit Motors in
Cameroon. Sophie is passionate about contributing to - and realising -
Africa's growth story.
Nic Ceynowa, Cornell LII
Nic works as LII;s SysAdmin/DevOps Engineer. He possesses a BFA in Dance
from the University of MN, and a MS in Computer Science from Fordham
University. Prior to joining the LII in 2014, Mr. Ceynowa danced for
multiple companies in NYC, most notably Paul Taylor's 2nd Company, Taylor 2.
While pursuing his MS, Mr. Ceynowa worked as a technician for Apple Inc. and
as a tutor/research assistant at Fordham. He currently works on
streamlining and automating the infrastructure behind the whole of the LII,
resulting in drastically reduced downtime, greater ability to handle demand
with a minimal increase in expenditure, and frequent as possible updates to
material important to the public.
Stephen Chapman, Harvard Law Library Innovation Lab
Stephen Chapman is the Project Manager at the Harvard Law School Library
Digital Lab. He collaborates to build digital collections for research and
education. Chapman is involved in the Harvard University Library Open
Collections Program, including The Islamic Heritage Project, which has
cataloged and digitized hundreds of Islamic materials from Harvard’s library
and museum collections.
In 2007 Chapman joined the Harvard University Library staff as Preservation
Librarian for Digital Projects. Chapman coordinated digital reformatting
initiatives designed to preserve, protect, and improve access to
collections, ranging from printed texts to unique visual resources in
special collections. The Library Digital Initiative, established in 1998,
has enabled Harvard libraries to maintain and grow collections and services
in the digital era. Through the activities of the Initiative, the Harvard
libraries have developed systems, policies, and services to support the
"collecting" of digital resources at Harvard, similar to the infrastructure
the libraries have long had for collecting physical research resources.
Prior to Harvard, Chapman was at Cornell University, where he contributed to
the groundbreaking work underway in the Department of Preservation and
Conservation to design, implement, and evaluate digital conversion projects
and to establish guidelines for best practice. He is co-author with Anne
Kenney of Digital Imaging for Libraries and Archives (Ithaca: Cornell
University Library, 1996). This widely acclaimed manual was created to
support the many workshops that have been offered by the Department of
Preservation and Conservation to staff at Cornell, and libraries and
archives throughout North America and abroad.
Chapman received a B.A. in History from George Washington University, an
M.A. in English from Boston University, and an M.L.S. from the State
University of New York (SUNY) at Albany. At SUNY, he was supported by a
Title II-B fellowship in preservation administration.
Philip Chung, AustLII
Philip Chung is Associate Professor of Law at UNSW Australia (The University
of New South Wales). He is Executive Director of the Australasian Legal
Information Institute (AustLII) and associated projects (including AsianLII,
CommonLII and WorldLII). Philip manages the staff and resources of AustLII
and jointly oversees the technical development of AustLII’s projects and
system administration. He holds degrees in Economics and Law from the
University of Sydney, with honours in Computer Science and Operations
Research as well as a PhD in Law from UNSW. His research interests include
legal research skills, intelligent legal information systems, and
computerisation of law.
Jake Okechukwu Effoduh, #Law2Go
Jake Okechukwu Effoduh is a legal consultant and a human development expert.
He serves as a Fellow and Assistant Director of the Council on African
Security and Development (CASADE). CASADE is a non-profit research-driven
collectivity of experts and academics that carry out projects, and offer
guidance to African ministries, agencies, universities and international
organizations. He is also a consultant with Synceritas; the world’s premier
human rights based intelligence profiling used to reduce exposure to
unethical transactions in business enterprises globally. Jake Okechukwu has
gained 7 years experience in using the law for human development and 11
years experience in the use of traditional media for development. He has
been a freelance radio presenter with the BBC Media Action since 2006
anchoring “Talk Your Own Make Naija Better” one of Nigeria’s most popular
radio programmes which is aired on over 150 radio stations with more than 35
million Nigerians tuning in weekly. Winning the 2014 Future Africa Awards in
Community Action; the 2015 Africa Youth Choice Award for Human Rights and
the 2016 African Broadcaster of the Year, Jake Okechukwu Effoduh has been
listed by ventureburn.com as one of the 50 Africans that will transform the
continent. He holds a Legum Baccalaureus from the University of Abuja and a
Masters in Law from the University of Oxford. He is the past Curator of the
Abuja Global Shapers Hub.
Jessica Frank, CALI
Jessica Frank is the Content Development Coordinator for the Center for
Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). She manages the A2J Author
project, provides community outreach, technical support, and training
resources to the automated document development community. Jessica joined
the A2J Author team in 2012. She has a BA in History and Political Science
from Marquette University and a J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Sarah Frug, Cornell LII
Sara wrangles engineering projects for the Cornell LII, where she has been working from
time immemorial. Although rumors persist of a dot-com stint and a research
post at Harvard Business School, she remains skeptical. When she's not
looking after the welfare of a few hundred thousand web pages, she focuses
on features which elucidate the connections between the law and things in
the real world.
Njeri Githang'a, National Councel for Law Reporting (Kenya Law)
Njeri Githang'a is a Senior Law Reporter at the National Council for Law
Reporting (Kenya Law) working in the Law Reporting Department, the
department in charge of monitoring and reporting the development of
jurisprudence in Kenya. She is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya with
experience in Law Reporting and legal research of over 6 years.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the Moi University, a postgraduate
diploma from the Kenya School of law and is currently pursuing a Masters
Degree in Business Administration at the Jomo Kenyatta University of
Agriculture and Technology. She has both academic and professional
credentials in management having attended several courses dealing with
legislative drafting, performance management, managing legal resources in
the semantic web and project management. She is a member of the Law Society
of Kenya. Njeri has also published a Constitutional Law Case book dealing
with Cases on Interpretation of the Constitution of Kenya 2010.
Graham Greenleaf, AustLII
Professor Greenleaf is a member of the law faculty at the University of New
South Wales, and Co-Director of AustLII. He specialises in the relationships between information technology
and law, and research in the areas of cyberspace law, data protection and
privacy, legal information systems and intellectual property.
His current areas of research focus are Asian data protection and privacy
laws, public rights in copyright, and the globalization of free Internet
access to legal information. He is the co-founder and UNSW Co-Director of
AustLII, and the co-founder of the Cyberspace Law & Policy Centre, and from
2000-2010 its Academic Director.
In 2010 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) with the
Citation: "For service to the law through the development of free electronic
access to legal information, and as a leader in the protection of
John Heywood, American University, Washington College of Law
John Quentin Heywood is a foreign and international law librarian and
information architect at the Washington College of Law. John is also an
adjunct professor of international law at WCL, and has taught international
law and a seminar on international courts. He taught legal research and
writing for several years as well.
John is a member of the Organization for the Advancement of Structured
Information Standards (OASIS) Legal XML Steering Committee, the OASIS Legal
Citation Markup Technical Committee, and the chair of the Courts, Court
Documents, and Court/Tribunal Rules Subcommittee. He is a member of the
Scientific Committee of the Journal of Open Access to Law. He is also a
member of the American Society of International Law Electronic Resource
Guide (ERG) editorial committee, and author of the ERG on the United
He specialty areas include international adjudication, the law of armed
conflict (international humanitarian law), human rights, technology and the
law, and legal history. His current research interests include: (1) the
impact of technological advancement on the law of armed conflict,
specifically in the development of aerial bombardment up to World War II;
(2) the development of judicial power in international legal institutions;
(3) an analysis of the citation patterns of international criminal tribunals
to see if an international criminal "common law" is developing; and (4) the
impact of the Piracy Cases in early US jurisprudence on the development of
the American concept of international law.
John received his Juris Doctorate from the Washington College of Law in
1985, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, Environmental Studies,
and Political Science from Northern Arizona University in 1982. He lives in
Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife Kirsten Kunz and their sons Mike and
Alex. He enjoys sailing, reading, boardgames, homebrewing, cooking, mucking
about with computers, and croquet.
Paul Hjul Crystal Web (Pty) Ltd.
Paul Hjul is currently a director of Crystal Web (Pty) Ltd, an emerging
internet service provider and telecom's company based in South Africa. Here
he juggles interests in information technology with law. His scholarly and
academic interests focus on the emergence of a Liberal Ideal in various
societies and the importance of the Rule of Law and questions of the best
interests of the proper administration of justice.
Daniel Hoadley, Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England
Daniel Hoadley is an English barrister and manages R&D at England's official
law reporting agency, the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England
Prior to entering the world of product development, Daniel was a legal
journalist in the English superior courts where he covered globally
high-profile cases, including Julian Assange's failed extradition appeal and
cases involving the alleged torture of Iraqi civilians by members of the
British Armed Forces. He has contributed articles for a range of legal and
general news outlets, including The Times and the Guardian newspapers.
As a developer, Daniel co-designed ICLR's online platform and has a
particular focus on opening access to English case law.
Sylvia Kwakye, Cornell LII
Sylvia uses data mining and natural language processing to transform dry
legal texts into attractive, easy-to read, but accurate reflections of
themselves. She also mentors Master of Engineering students on projects in
these areas. (The LII works with ten+ M.Eng. students every year on various
With a BS in Engineering from Swarthmore, Sylvia began working with
computers on her first job out of college as a research engineer with the
Computational Biology Group at the DuPont Experimental Station in Delaware.
“That’s where all the computer science courses I had taken for fun at
Swarthmore College came to the rescue,” she says.
While working on her PhD in Biological and Environmental Engineering at
Cornell University, Sylvia minored in computer science, where she did a
project for the LII, converting the plain text of the U.S. Code to XML for
the LII site. Intrigued, she continued working on the project until she
completed her PhD.
For her PhD, Sylvia developed a system for rapid detection of pathogens for
use in low resource communities, particularly in her native Ghana. She then
created a start-up company to make the system commercially viable, but the
group ran out of resources. Although the pathogen detection system is worth
another startup, we’re happy to have Sylvia back with the LII.
Pierre-Paul Lemyre, LEXUM
Pierre-Paul Lemyre is one of the leading actor of free access to legal
information in Canada, and one of the well-known figures of the field on the
international scene. He is one of the founding partners of Lexum, the
primary online provider of legal information in Canada. As Director of
Business Development he oversees all commercial activities of Lexum and is
largely responsible for providing the strategic vision in this regard. He
has a strong background in international cooperation, having been in charge
of international projects when Lexum was a research laboratory of the
Université de Montréal.
Susan Nevelow Mart, U. Colorado, Boulder
Susan Nevelow Mart joined the Colorado Law faculty in July 2011 as an
associate professor and director of the William A. Wise Law Library. Her
scholarly and teaching interests center on legal informatics. She has
written and presented nationally and locally on legal information policy,
national security and libraries, access to information, computer information
retrieval systems, and legal research pedagogy. She teaches Advanced Legal
Research and Analysis and Environmental Legal Research.
Professor Mart has been active in library associations and library
education. She is the Chair of the American Association of Law Libraries
Government Relations Committee, and she is active in advocating on
information policy issues on behalf of libraries and the public. Professor
Mart is a member of the American Association of Law Libraries Task Force on
Law Student Research Competencies, and the chair of the Association's
Academic Law Libraries Task Force on Identifying Skills & Knowledge for
Before joining Colorado Law, Professor Mart served as the Faculty Services
Librarian and adjunct professor of law at the University of California,
Hastings College of the Law. Prior to her work at Hastings, Professor Mart
practiced law for seventeen years. Her law practice in Northern California
Alameda County focused on construction litigation, complex real estate
transactions, partnership and corporate dissolution, and fiduciary abuse of
elders. She has been a certified specialist in airport construction law; a
speaker on risk allocation and contract negotiation in business contracts; a
speaker on mechanic's liens and stop notices; and a Continuing Legal
Education teacher on patients' rights advocacy.
Professor Mart holds an M.L.I.S. from San Jose State University, a J.D.
from Berkeley Law School at the University of California at Berkeley, and a
B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Peter Martin, Dean Emeritus, Cornell Law School
Peter W. Martin, the Jane M.G. Foster Professor of Law, Emeritus, and former
dean, Cornell Law School, writes, speaks, and consults on topics that
concern the impact of technology on the functioning of law and legal
institutions. Professor Martin began his teaching career at the University
of Minnesota Law School. He joined the Cornell Law School Faculty in 1972,
and served as Dean from 1980 to 1988. Professor Martin co-founded Cornell's
Legal Information Institute (LII) with Thomas R. Bruce in 1992. In addition
to serving as the LII's co-director for over a decade, Professor Martin has
created an electronic treatise and database on Social Security law, a Web
reference, ebook, and accompanying online tutorials on legal citation, and
written numerous articles on uses of digital technology in law and legal
education. Between 1996 and 2007 he offered law courses employing electronic
materials of his preparation to students at over a dozen law schools via the
Internet. His most recent articles are available at
http://ssrn.com/author=47232. He blogs at: citeblog.access-to-law.com
Elmer Masters, CALI
Elmer R. Masters is the Director of Internet Development at the Center for
Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction where he works on interesting projects
involving technology and legal education. He has over 20 years experience in
building Internet tools for accessing law and legal materials on the
Internet. He is the admin of the Teknoids mailing list and has been blogging
about law and technology for over 13 years.
John Mayer, CALI
John is the Executive DIrector of the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal
Instruction (www.cali.org) and has workeded at CALI since 1994 and in legal
education technology since 1987. He has a Bachelors of Science in Computer
Science from Northwestern University and an MS in Computer Science from
Illinois Institute of Technology. CALI is a non-profit consortium of US law
schools (non-profits and non-US law schools can be members too) that
publishes 1000+ web-based tutorials, 40+ Creative Commons ebooks/textbooks
and is the developer of A2J Author (a2jauthor.org)which is used by lawyers
to automate court forms and legal processes.
Elizabeth Moll, University of Cape Town
Ms. Moll is a librarian at the University of Cape Town Law Library. She
holds a BA (Law) and LLB degrees from the University of Stellenbosch, and a
PGDipLIS from the University of Cape Town.
Professor Andrew Mowbray joined the Faculty at the University of Technology
Sydney in 1986 as a Lecturer with degrees in Computing Science and Law. He took a national leadership role in
the computerization of law and the development of computerized legal
research from the late 1980s onwards. Over the years, Professor Mowbray has
maintained an active involvement in the teaching of the core subject Legal
Research and specialist electives such as Law and Computers.
Andrew was Associate Dean of the Faculty 1998- 2005 and has served on a
range of senior University Boards and Committees. He was appointed Professor
of Law and Information Technology in 2003.
In conjunction with his research colleagues, Professor Graham Greenleaf at
UNSW and Philip Chung at UTS, Professor Mowbray was a central figure in the
creation of Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII). He has been
a principal software author and technical director and is currently
Amongst other pieces of software that are widely used across the Free Access
to Law Movement, Andrew is responsible for the development of the open
source free text engine - 'Sino' and the LawCite legal citator.
Craig Newton, Cornell LII
Craig spent six years at the law firm Cooley LLP litigating a broad range of
commercial disputes for companies such as Adobe, Facebook, and Qualcomm
before returning to Ithaca. Having left a career as first a naval flight
officer and then an intelligence analyst to attend law school, Craig calls
upon all facets of his prior experience as he mentors teams of law students,
manages our network of volunteers and legal professionals, monitors the
website to discern usage trends and patterns, and pursues new partnership
initiatives–all with an eye toward improving a range of products, including
the Supreme Court Bulletin and case collection, the WEX legal
encyclopedia/dictionary, the constellation of materials surrounding the US
Constitution, and our ever-more capable editions of the US Code and the Code
of Federal Regulations. While a student at Cornell Law School, Craig was the
Editor-in-Chief of the LII Supreme Court Bulletin.
Michael Lissner, Free Law Project
Michael graduated from the University of California Berkeley’s School of
Information and is passionate about bringing greater access to primary legal
materials, about how technology can replace old legal models, and about open
source, community-driven approaches to legal research. He is involved in
several projects that bring legal information to the public, including
CourtLister, Juriscraper, and RECAP. He is the Executive director of the Free Law
Timothy Stanley, Justia.com
Tim is a computer programmer, lawyer and CEO of Justia. Prior to starting
Justia, he co-founded FindLaw and served as FindLaw's CEO and Chairman. He
is on the Board of Directors of Nolo and American Legal Net, and is on the
Board of Trustees of Public.Resource.org. He is a member of the State Bar of
California and was previously on the Executive Committee of the State Bar's
Law Practice Management and Technology Section. He is also a member of the
American Association for Justice, American Bar Association, American Civil
Liberties Union, Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility and the
Electronic Frontier Foundation. Tim has a BS & MS from Stanford University
and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School.
Kshitiz Verma, LNM Institute of Information Technology, Jaipur
Mr. Verma is currently Visiting Faculty at LNM Institute of Information
Technology, Jaipur India. He holds a Ph.D in Telematics Engineering from
the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
V.C. Vivekanandan, Bennet University
Prof. V.C.Vivekanandan is the founding Dean of the School of Law at Bennett University and
has more than two decades of teaching and research experience in legal
education. He holds a PhD in IPR, Master’s Degrees in the field of Corporate Law & M.A. in Public
Administration. He is on leave from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad where he served as the Director of
NALSAR Proximate Education and MHRD IP Chair Professor.
He started his teaching career with National Law School of India University Bangalore and was also the
Dean of the Rajiv Gandhi School of IP Law at IIT Kharagpur. He is also an Adjunct Visiting
Professor at the Business School of SUNY Buffalo. His teaching and research focus are in the
segments of IPR, Internet Law, Artificial Intelligence & law and Entertainment Law. He has sev
eral publications in professional journals and invited speaker at various forums in India and Abroad in the
fields of IPR, Internet Law and International Law.
As the MHRD IP Chair Professor, he participated as the official Indian
Delegate at the Standing Committee on Copyright & Related Rights (SCCR) negotiations at
WIPO-Geneva between 2013-2015. He was an NWO-ICSSR research fellow with Maastricht University in 2010 and Invited
Researcher at the Institute of Intellectual Property at Tokyo in 2015. He has also served as the Asia Pacific representative
of ALAC in ICANN and as a member of the Nominating Committee of ICANN between 2008-2011. He was
the Founder Director of Legal Information Institute of India-www.liiofindial.org in
2010 and serves as the jury for the CII Industrial Intellectual Property
Awards since 2015.
Sue Ann Yap, JADE BarNet
Ms. Yap is the Director of Stakeholder Relations at JADE BarNet legal
research service based in Sydney Australia. She has previously worked at LexisNexis,
and CCH. She holds an MA(Hons) in Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and
Analysis from the University of Western Sydney, an MBus. in Marketing from
UTS, and is currently enrolled in the JD program at UNSW.