Your Final Project
Enrolled students should spend the majority of this and subsequent levels working on their final projects. See The Final Project Rubric. This level includes no programming challenges and no new reading.
This Level's Guest Speaker:
Ed Walters, Fastcase CEO
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 900,000 subscribers from around the world.
Before founding Fastcase, Walters worked at Covington & Burling, in Washington D.C. and Brussels, where he advised Microsoft, Merck, SmithKline, the Business Software Alliance, the National Football League, and the National Hockey League. His practice focused on corporate advisory work for software companies and sports leagues, and intellectual property litigation.
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.
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.
He is the founder and serves on the editorial board of RAIL: The Journal of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Law, and he is the author of Data-Driven Law (Taylor & Francis 2018).
Self-Reflection and Logging Your Work
As we do at the end of every level, we ask that you take a few minutes to reflect on how things are going. That being said, you've almost completed Level 12. Tell me how it's going by completing the form linked below.
† Time estimates are just that—estimates. The assumptions used to calculate reading time are as follows: 48 pages is assumed to take roughly an hour to read. When working with non paginated texts, it is assumed that a page is roughly equal to 250 words. Videos assume both 2X and 1X viewing. Estimates for coding are based on past experience. Each level should include about 6 hours and 40 min of work.
Synchronous Meet Up, AKA our Class Time
2 hours | November 16, 2020 @ 4pm Eastern
If you're an enrolled student, we'll be meeting at this link on Monday September 16 at 4pm via Zoom. If you don't have the password, and you are a registered student, DM me on Slack, and I can give you the password. If you're not an enrolled student, I'm afraid you can't join us.
This synchronous time will be split between our guest speaker and final project rounds. That is, we'll go around the class and check in with everyone about their progress on final projects. We'll also work to help folks strategize about next steps and overcoming any blockers.