Fastcase Replacing Casemaker As NCBA Member Benefit

Washington, DC (May 14, 2012) – The North Carolina Bar Association is pleased to announce the establishment of a contractual agreement with Fastcase to provide online legal research as a benefit to members of the NCBA.

Effective June 1, Fastcase will replace Casemaker, which has been utilized by members since 2001 when the NCBA became one of the first bar associations nationwide to provide online legal research to its members.

“We are excited to announce this decision to our members,” said NCBA Executive Director Allan Head. “We are confident that members will find the online legal research tools provided by Fastcase to be extremely beneficial to their practices as a value-added benefit of their membership in the NCBA.”

In particular, Fastcase’s native apps for iPhone and iPad allows seamless access to their research tools in or out of the office, while their data visualization and printing tools will allow attorneys to find the most important results fast and print clear, properly formatted cases to document their file, whether in paper or digitally.

Fastcase and the NCBA are committed to providing members with training and support throughout the upcoming transition period and beyond.

“The North Carolina Bar Association has always been a pioneer in providing excellent benefits to its members,” said Ed Walters, Fastcase CEO. “That’s why we’re excited to work with them to provide the next generation of legal research benefit. With smart search tools, top-drawer reference assistance, and compelling mobile apps, we are confident that members of the NCBA are going to love Fastcase.”

Established in 1999 and based in Washington, D.C., Fastcase utilizes patented software to provide online legal research to more than 500,000 subscribers worldwide and approximately 40 percent of the attorneys in the United States. With the addition of the North Carolina Bar Association, Fastcase is now provided as a member benefit to 22 state bar associations.

Legal professionals in the four other states that have recently switched to Fastcase have been overwhelmingly pleased with its speed and accuracy, and have quickly adapted to any differences that exist between the two systems.

Fastcase has been described as “the leading next-generation legal research service that puts a comprehensive national law library and smarter and more powerful searching, sorting, and visualization tools at your fingertips.”

Supporting that statement is a growing resume of awards and accolades that includes a No. 1 ranking in the inaugural customer satisfaction survey conducted by Law Technology News. And Fastcase’s free apps for iPhone and iPad were recognized as the 2010 New Product of the Year by the American Association of Law Libraries and the 2011 Legal Productivity App of the Year by the users of RocketMatter.

Questions regarding the implementation of Fastcase as a member benefit of the North Carolina Bar Association should be directed to Joyce Brafford, assistant director of the Center for Practice Management, via email at jbrafford@ncbar.org or by phone at 919-657-1566.