Twenty state bar associations across the nation subscribe to Fastcase’s advanced legal research system, making it available as a free member benefit. Fastcase today announced that all seven state bar associations whose benefits were up for renewal in 2011 have chosen to renew the service. “This sweep is particularly gratifying because a competitor offered their service for free to some of the state bars as an inducement to change, but each decided their members would be better served if they continue to subscribe to Fastcase,” said Phil Rosenthal, Fastcase’s President.
These renewals allow members to access the nation’s smartest legal research tools for free through their bar association’s website – a service that would otherwise cost lawyers and law firms hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. The service is provided as a member benefit and is unrestricted by time or number of transactions, with unlimited printing, reference assistance, and customer service included for free.
The decision by multiple state bar associations to renew Fastcase partnerships represents a significant milestone for bar association executives, legal professionals and the legal research industry. When bar associations compare Fastcase with other legal research systems, they overwhelmingly determine that Fastcase is a better service for their members.
The bar associations renewing partnerships with Fastcase include the Illinois State Bar Association, Iowa State Bar Association, Maryland State Bar Association, The Missouri Bar, New Jersey State Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, and Virginia State Bar.
“Every single state that has subscribed to Fastcase has renewed the service — and states with other services are switching to Fastcase in droves,” said Ed Walters, Fastcase CEO. In the last two years, five states have switched to Fastcase from other providers, including LexisNexis, Casemaker, and Versuslaw.
“State bar associations are demanding the smartest service they can provide. They are sophisticated purchasers who insist on getting the best for their members. In the world of legal research, that’s Fastcase,” Walters said.
Fastcase provides free premium legal research to more than 500,000 subscribers, in numerous of AmLaw 200 law firms, 20 state bar associations and dozens of voluntary bar associations and law schools.
Fastcase has gained very strong momentum in the legal research market and was recently voted #1 in Law Technology News’s inaugural Customer Satisfaction Survey, finishing first in 7 out of 10 categories over traditional research providers Westlaw and LexisNexis. Fastcase’s free apps for iPhone and iPad have dominated the category, winning the prestigious New Product of the Year award from the American Association of Law Libraries. And Fastcase joined Apple, Google, Twitter, and others in the prestigious EContent 100 listing of companies that matter most in the digital economy.