Professor Rostain and Adjunct Professor Skalbeck Honored
July 24, 2012 —
Georgetown University Law Center Professor Tanina Rostain and Adjunct Professor and Associate Law Librarian for Electronic Resources & Services Roger Skalbeck have been selected as recipients of the 2012 "Fastcase 50" award by legal publisher Fastcase.
The annual "Fastcase 50" award "recognizes the smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders in the law." Nominations were submitted by industry leaders, law firm managers, legal technology peers and other individuals. This year’s awardees include judges, lawyers, teachers, general counsel and law librarians.
During the spring 2012 semester, Rostain and Skalbeck taught a new experiential seminar, "Technology, Innovation and Legal Practice." Students in the seminar heard from a range of experts on topics relating to law practice innovation enabled by technology. By using the tools introduced in the seminar or platforms they created independently, student teams worked to develop applications that solve a legal practice problem, either by increasing access to the legal system or by making legal practice more efficient.
The students presented their final projects in Georgetown Law’s first "Iron Tech Lawyer" competition. A panel of judges, made up of two Georgetown Law faculty members and two outside experts, chose the overall winning application and recognized others for "excellence in design" and "excellence in presentation." The competition, sponsored by the Georgetown Law Center for the Study of the Legal Profession, was featured on the PBS Nightly Business Report and in The National Law Journal’s special report on law school innovation.
Georgetown Law produced a video about the competition: