Law Via The Internet Annual Conference 2017

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 litigation.

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,, 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

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 contributions include the citeproc-js citation engine (a Javascript implementation of the Citation Style Language) and Multilingual Zotero (MLZ, an experimental variant of the Zotero research and referencing platform).

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

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 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

Sarah Frug

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

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

Graham Greenleaf

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 privacy."

John Heywood, American University, Washington College of Law

John Heywood

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 Nations.

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

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 and Wales

Daniel Hoadley

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 and Wales.

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 Kwakye

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 computer-and-law projects.)

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 Leymre

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

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 Legal Practice.

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 Martin

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 He blogs at:

Elmer Masters, CALI

Elmer Masters

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 Mayer

John is the Executive DIrector of the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction ( 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 ( is used by lawyers to automate court forms and legal processes.

Elizabeth Moll, University of Cape Town

Elizabeth Moll

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.

Andrew Mowbray

Andrew Mowbray

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 AustLII's Co-Director.

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 Newton

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 Lissner

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 Project.

Timothy Stanley,

Timothy Stanley

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 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

Kshitiz Verma

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

V. C.

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 in 2010 and serves as the jury for the CII Industrial Intellectual Property Awards since 2015.

Sue Ann Yap, JADE BarNet

Sue Ann

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.