CEO of Fastcase to Give College of Law Convocation Address

Thursday, May 03, 2012

The College of Law is pleased to report that Ed Walters, the CEO and Co-Founder of Fastcase, Inc., will deliver the 2012 University of Illinois College of Law Convocation Address. Fastcase, a pioneer in cost-effective legal search, is the developer of the world’s first mobile legal research app (for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch). The company has revolutionized solo, small firm, and public interest practice by providing low-cost access to fundamental legal research sources, and free access to members of over 20 state bar associations (including the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)). 

Before founding Fastcase in 1999, Mr. Walters clerked for the Honorable Emilio M. Garza of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, served as an associate at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington D.C. and Brussels, and worked in the White House from 1991-93, first in the Office of Media Affairs and then in the Office of Presidential Speechwriting. 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, including before the ISBA Solo and Small Firm Conference.

Mr. Walters serves on the boards of Pro Bono Net, Democracy in Action, Friends of Telecom Without Borders, and Save a Child’s Heart Foundation and has served on the Visiting Committee for the University of Chicago Law School and the University of Chicago Main Campus Library System. He earned an A.B. in government from Georgetown University and a J.D. from the University of Chicago.