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State Bar of Montana Gives Valuable Benefit to Members with Addition of Fastcase Legal Research

Members Can Now Access Online Law Library, Leading Visualization Tools, Mobile Apps, and Annotated Statutes

HELENA, MT AND WASHINGTON, DC (July 15, 2014) – The State Bar of Montana today announced it is providing members free access to Fastcase’s nationwide legal research system, effective immediately.

The State Bar of Montana becomes the 28th state bar to provide access to Fastcase’s online legal research service and its award-winning research tools as a benefit to members at no additional charge.

With Fastcase, bar members will receive unlimited access to one of the largest law libraries in the world, Fastcase’s intuitive and smarter legal research tools, training webinars and tutorials, industry-leading mobile apps, and live customer support from members of the Fastcase team. The member benefit is unlimited – with no restrictions on time or number of transactions, unlimited printing, unlimited reference assistance, and unlimited customer service included for free.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Fastcase is one of the nation’s most popular legal research services. Twenty-eight state bar associations have subscribed to Fastcase, as well as scores of the nation’s largest law firms. With this partnership, more than 800,000 lawyers have a subscription to Fastcase, many through their state bar association. The service ordinarily costs $995 per year for an individual subscriber, but starting today, State Bar of Montana members will get the Fastcase benefit for free.

In addition to its nationwide legal research database, Fastcase’s Montana-specific libraries include judicial opinions from the Montana Supreme Court and Courts of Appeals back to 1886, Ninth Circuit decisions starting at 1. F.2d 1, U.S. Supreme Court decisions starting with 1 U.S. 1, statutes, regulations, the Montana State Constitution, and much more. The service also includes annotated statutes from other states, Fastcase’s annotated U.S. Code, transactional access to newspaper articles, federal court filings, and legal forms, and transactional access through HeinOnline to the largest collection of law reviews in the world.

As of July 9, Montana lawyers can access Fastcase through the State Bar of Montana website at http://www.montanabar.org, where they can log in with their bar username and password.

“We’re excited to offer Fastcase’s powerful research tools as a free benefit to Montana lawyers,” said Fastcase President Phil Rosenthal. “This is the first time lawyers in Montana are able to get access to any type of online legal research as a benefit included in their bar membership. We’re proud that Montana Bar representatives selected Fastcase the best option for their members. We look forward to serving the bar members.”

“We are thrilled to offer this free research tool as an additional benefit to Montana attorneys,” said Chris Manos, Executive Director of the State Bar of Montana. “The State Bar’s mission is to lead the profession and serve the public interest. Providing superior online resources and benefits to members will help them better serve their clients. We believe this agreement helps us achieve the State Bar’s mission and assist attorneys in their practices.”

The Fastcase service will be free to members of the State Bar of Montana, but it is not a discount legal research service. Fastcase has pioneered the smartest legal research tools in the market, with integrated citation analysis tools, data visualization maps of search results, and the first legal research apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. The service also includes Bad Law Bot, the first big data service to identify negative citations to judicial opinions.

Fastcase has gained strong momentum in the legal research market and continues to challenge the norm in legal publishing and legal technology. Fastcase was voted No. 1 in Law Technology News’s inaugural Customer Satisfaction Survey, finishing first in seven out of 10 categories over traditional research providers Westlaw and LexisNexis. Fastcase has introduced new opinion summaries, and has been named to the prestigious EContent 100 list of leading digital publishing and media companies alongside Google, Amazon, Apple, and Facebook for three years in a row.

In 2010, Fastcase was the first company to launch an app for legal research, and later, the first company to launch an app for iPad. The American Association of Law Libraries named Fastcase’s integration with HeinOnline its 2014 New Product of the Year, and its app for iPhone the 2010 New Product of the Year. In 2011, Rocket Matter named Fastcase’s apps for iPhone and iPad the Legal Productivity App of the Year and the company furthered its mobile market presence by debuting the Fastcase for Android app in 2012. Lawyers on the go appreciate Fastcase Mobile Sync, which allows full integration of its mobile apps with the desktop version of Fastcase.

About the State Bar of Montana
The State Bar of Montana was created by order of the Montana Supreme Court in January 1974. The purpose of the bar association, which serves over 5,000 members, is to aid the courts in maintaining and improving the administration of justice; to foster, maintain and require on the part of attorneys high standards of integrity, learning, competence, public service and conduct; to safeguard proper professional interests of the local bar associations; to provide a forum for discussion of and effective action concerning subjects pertaining to the practice of law, the science of jurisprudence and law reform, and relations of the Bar to the public; to provide for continuing legal education of members of the Bar and to insure that the responsibilities of the legal profession to the public are more effectively discharged. For more information, follow the State Bar of Montana on Twitter at @StateBarMT, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/StateBarOfMontana, or or visit http://www.montanabar.org.

About Fastcase
Fastcase is a leading legal publisher focused on smarter legal software that democratizes the law, making it more accessible to more people. Using patented software that combines the best of legal research with the best of Web search, Fastcase helps busy users sift through the clutter, ranking the best cases first and enabling the re-sorting of results to find answers fast. Founded in 1999, Fastcase has more than 800,000 subscribers from around the world. Fastcase is an American company based in Washington, D.C. For more information, follow Fastcase on Twitter at @Fastcase or visit www.fastcase.com.

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Fastcase Announces 2014 “Fastcase 50” Award Winners

Legal Publishing Company Recognizes the Top 50 Innovators, Visionaries, and Leaders in Law

WASHINGTON, DC (July 10, 2014) – Legal publisher Fastcase today published the company’s annual list of “Fastcase 50” award recipients. The “Fastcase 50” award recognizes 50 of the smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law.

View the 2014 winners at http://www.fastcase.com/fastcase50-winners-2014.

The Fastcase 50 highlights entrepreneurs, innovators, and trailblazers — people who have charted a new course for the delivery of legal services. In law firms with new delivery models, legal tech startups, and even inside some of the nation’s largest law firms and legal publishers, these pioneers are giving the world a first look at what’s next for law and technology.

“The Fastcase 50 is one of our company’s favorite events,” said Fastcase CEO Ed Walters. “There is a wonderful community of friends, past winners, bar partners, law librarians, and software developers who recommend their heroes for the award. Every year we’re inspired by the stories, and we especially enjoy celebrating some people who aren’t always in the limelight, but who are quietly transforming the law and legal services.”

It was hard to top the Fastcase 50 classes of 2011, 2012, and 2013 — but with another record number of nominees, there were some great choices. Fastcase is happy to introduce the Fastcase 50 Class of 2014.

Congratulations to the following Fastcase 50 award recipients:

Frank Bennett, Faculty of Law, Nagoya University
Nicole Bradick, Director, Potomac Law Group; Founder, Custom Counsel
Evan Brown, Attorney at InfoLawGroup and Co-host of This Week in Law
Chad Burton, Founding Attorney at Burton Law and CEO of Curo Legal
Matthew Butterick, Author of Typography for Lawyers
Ryan Calo, Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Washington
Peter Carayiannis, President and Founder of Conduit Law
Brian Carver, Assistant Professor at the U. C. Berkeley School of Information
Ross Davies, Professor at the George Mason School of Law and Editor-in-Chief of The Green Bag
Francesca Di Lisa, Chief Operating Officer at WeHave the Future!
Hon. Stephen Dillard, Judge, Georgia Court of Appeals
Ron Dolin, Legal Technologist, Co-Founder of Program for Legal Tech & Design, Fellow & Instructor of Law at Stanford Law School, Center on the Legal Profession
Casey Flaherty, Corporate Counsel, Kia Motors America.
Simon Fodden, Founder and Publisher of Slaw.ca
Bryan Garner, Founder and President of LawProse, Professor at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
Tina Gheen, Emerging Technologies Librarian, Law Library of Congress
Sam Glover, Editor in Chief, Lawyerist Media, LLC
Tom Goldstein, Co-Founder and Publisher, SCOTUSBlog
Ken Grady, CEO, SeyfarthShaw Lean Consulting
Michael Green, Director and Founder, BarNEt
Jake Heller, Co-Founder and CEO, Casetext
Kashmir Hill, Senior Online Editor, Forbes
Justice Geraldine Hines, Associate Justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judiciary
Leila Kanani, Partner at Vector IP and Founder of Intermix Legal Group
Courtney Kennaday, Director of the Practice Management Assistance Program, South Carolina Bar
Orin Kerr, Professor of Law at the George Washington University
Joshua Kubicki, Founder, Legal Transformation Institute LLC
Casey Kuhlman, Managing Partner, Watershed Legal Services
Richard Leiter, Director and Professor of Law at the Schmid Law Library, University of Nebraska College of Law
Benjamin Lieber, Founder, Potomac Law Group
Mike Lissner, Co-Founder, CourtListener and Free Law Project
John Lord, Founder, Neota Logic
Marco Mari, Co-Founder, WeHave the Future!
Scott Meiser, Senior Director of Research Information, LexisNexis
Dan Mills, Assistant Director, Practice Management Advisory Service, DC Bar
Art Neill, Founder and Executive Director, New Media Rights
Justice Sarah Parker, Chief Justice, North Carolina Supreme Court
David Perla, Founder, 1991 Ventures; Co-Founder and CEO, Pangea3
Vishnu Prasad, CEO, Law Pundits LLP
Scott Rechtschaffen, Chief knowledge Officer and Shareholder, Littler
Matt Spiegel, Founder, MyCase
Neil Squillante, Creator & Publisher, TechnoLawyer
Colin Starger, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Baltimore School of Law
Lisa Tatum, Past President, State Bar of Texas
Susan Taylor Martin, President of Legal Business, Thomson Reuters Legal
Eugene Volokh, Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law
Byron Warnken, Owner, 27Legal
Justice Don Willett, Justice, Supreme Court of Texas
Rebecca Williams, Policy Analyst, Sunlight Foundation and Co-Founder of DC Legal Hackers
David Zvenyach, General Counsel, Council to the District of Columbia

Fastcase 50 recipients will be celebrated during the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) annual meeting July 10-16 in San Antonio, Texas.

To view profiles of each of the winners and to learn more about the Fastcase 50 award, visit http://www.fastcase.com/fastcase50-winners-2014.

About Fastcase
Fastcase is a leading legal publisher focused on smarter legal software that democratizes the law, making it more accessible to more people. Using patented software that combines the best of legal research with the best of Web search, Fastcase helps busy users sift through the clutter, ranking the best cases first and enabling the re-sorting of results to find answers fast. Founded in 1999, Fastcase has more than 800,000 subscribers from around the world. Fastcase is an American company based in Washington, D.C. For more information, follow Fastcase on Twitter at @Fastcase or visit www.fastcase.com.

State Bar of Texas Launches Free Legal Research Benefit with Fastcase

New Visualization Tools, Mobile Apps, Annotated Statutes for Members

AUSTIN, TX AND WASHINGTON, DC (June 26, 2014) – The State Bar of Texas today announced that it has signed an agreement to provide its members free access to Fastcase’s nationwide legal research system, effective immediately.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Fastcase is one of the nation’s most popular legal research services. Twenty-seven state bar associations have subscribed to Fastcase, as well as scores of the nation’s largest law firms. With this partnership, more than 800,000 lawyers have a subscription to Fastcase, many through their state bar association. The service ordinarily costs $995 per year for an individual subscriber, but starting today, State Bar of Texas members will get two great Fastcase benefits for free.

Firms of 11 lawyers or more will have free access to Fastcase’s extensive Texas Plan, including opinions of the Supreme Court of Texas and courts of appeal back to 1 Tex. 1 (1846), U.S. Supreme Court opinions back to 1 U.S. 1, Fifth Circuit opinions back to 1 F.2d 1, the U.S. Code annotated, the Texas Statutes annotated, the Texas Constitution, and 70 other Texas-specific legal research libraries.

Solo practitioners and firms of 10 lawyers or fewer will have access to Fastcase’s Premium Plan, including all libraries in the Texas Plan, plus nationwide coverage from state and federal courts, state statutes and administrative regulations, as well as court rules, constitutions, and other valuable libraries. You can access the scope of coverage on the Web at www.fastcase.com/whatisfastcase/coverage.

The Fastcase benefit is offered in addition to the State Bar’s Casemaker benefit, expanding members’ free legal research options.

“We’re excited to offer Fastcase’s powerful research tools as a free benefit to Texas lawyers,” said Fastcase President Phil Rosenthal. “Providing the best legal research tools to Texas lawyers will improve the administration of justice and level the playing field for clients. We’re proud to partner with the State Bar of Texas in this effort.”

SBOT members will receive access to Fastcase’s intuitive, smarter legal research tools, training webinars and tutorials, industry-leading mobile apps, and live customer support from members of the Fastcase team. The member benefit has no restrictions on time or number of transactions, unlimited printing, unlimited reference assistance, and unlimited customer service included for free.

The service also includes annotated statutes from other states, Fastcase’s annotated U.S. Code, transactional access to newspaper articles, federal court filings, and legal forms, and transactional access through HeinOnline to the largest collection of law reviews in the world.

“We are thrilled to offer this free research tool as an additional benefit to Texas attorneys,” said Trey Apffel, 2014-15 State Bar of Texas president. “Part of our mission at the State Bar of Texas is to provide superior online resources and benefits to members which help them better serve their clients. We believe this agreement helps us achieve that.”

To log in to this free benefit, members will visit the State Bar website at http://www.texasbar.com and log in with their bar number and password. The service is also available via the TexasBarCLE website at http://www.texasbarcle.com.

The Fastcase service will be free to members of the State Bar of Texas, but it is not a discount legal research service. Fastcase has pioneered the smartest legal research tools in the market, with integrated citation analysis tools, data visualization maps of search results, and the first legal research apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. The service also includes Bad Law Bot, the first big data service to identify negative citations to judicial opinions.

Fastcase has gained strong momentum in the legal research market and continues to challenge the norm in legal publishing and legal technology. Fastcase was voted No. 1 in Law Technology News’s inaugural Customer Satisfaction Survey, finishing first in seven out of 10 categories over traditional research providers Westlaw and LexisNexis. Fastcase has introduced new opinion summaries, and has been named to the prestigious EContent 100 list of leading digital publishing and media companies alongside Google, Amazon, Apple, and Facebook for three years in a row.

In 2010, Fastcase was the first company to launch an app for legal research, and later, the first company to launch an app for iPad. The American Association of Law Libraries named Fastcase’s integration with HeinOnline its 2014 New Product of the Year, and its app for iPhone the 2010 New Product of the Year. In 2011, Rocket Matter named Fastcase’s apps for iPhone and iPad the Legal Productivity App of the Year and the company furthered its mobile market presence by debuting the Fastcase for Android app in 2012. Lawyers on the go appreciate Fastcase Mobile Sync, which allows full integration of its mobile apps with the desktop version of Fastcase.

About the State Bar of Texas
The State Bar of Texas is an administrative agency of the Supreme Court of Texas that provides educational programs for the legal profession and the public, administers the minimum continuing legal education program for attorneys, and manages the attorney disciplinary system. For more information, follow the State Bar of Texas on Twitter at @statebaroftexas or visit www.texasbar.com.

About Fastcase
Fastcase is a leading legal publisher focused on smarter legal software that democratizes the law, making it more accessible to more people. Using patented software that combines the best of legal research with the best of Web search, Fastcase helps busy users sift through the clutter, ranking the best cases first and enabling the re-sorting of results to find answers fast. Founded in 1999, Fastcase has more than 800,000 subscribers from around the world. Fastcase is an American company based in Washington, D.C. For more information, follow Fastcase on Twitter at @Fastcase or visit www.fastcase.com.

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South Carolina Bar Selects Fastcase for Legal Research Member Benefit

Members Get Free Nationwide Law Libraries, Smarter Search Tools, and Integrated Mobile Apps

WASHINGTON, DC AND COLUMBIA, SC (June 23, 2014) – The South Carolina Bar announced today that it has selected Fastcase to provide a nationwide legal research benefit that will be offered free to its members, effective November 1.

The South Carolina Bar previously had offered the Casemaker legal research service to its members, but it announced today that it would become the seventh state bar association to upgrade from that service to Fastcase. The South Carolina Bar will be the 25th state bar association to offer Fastcase to its members.

In addition to desktop legal research, members of the South Carolina Bar also will be able to sync their member benefit with Fastcase’s industry-leading mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. According to the 2013 ABA Technology Survey, Fastcase is by far the most popular legal app (of any kind) for smartphones.

“The South Carolina Bar is pleased to join other state bar associations by changing our legal research benefit to offer free, unlimited access to Fastcase,” said Cal Watson, President of the South Carolina Bar. “Fastcase is on the cutting edge of legal research services and will provide new and advanced research tools for South Carolina lawyers at no cost to them. Access to these expansive resources will in turn enhance the legal services they provide to South Carolinians.”

With Fastcase, bar members will receive unlimited access to one of the largest law libraries in the world, training webinars and tutorials, industry-leading mobile apps, and live customer support from members of the Fastcase team. The member benefit is unlimited – with no restrictions on time or number of transactions, unlimited printing, unlimited reference assistance, and unlimited customer service included for free.

Fastcase normally costs $995 per year – but will be offered to members of the South Carolina Bar as a benefit of membership.

“Our team is very excited to partner with the South Carolina Bar,” said Ed Walters, CEO of Fastcase. “Our mission at Fastcase is to democratize the law and to build smarter legal research tools. By making our suite of legal research tools available for free to members of the South Carolina Bar, we can accomplish both goals.”

In addition to its nationwide legal research database, Fastcase’s South Carolina-specific libraries include judicial opinions from the South Carolina Supreme Court and Courts of Appeals back to 1886, Fourth Circuit decisions starting at 1. F.2d 1, U.S. Supreme Court decisions starting with 1 U.S. 1, statutes, regulations, the South Carolina State Constitution, and much more. The service also includes annotated statutes from other states, Fastcase’s annotated U.S. Code, transactional access to newspaper articles, federal court filings, and legal forms, and transactional access through HeinOnline to the largest collection of law reviews in the world.

After November 1, South Carolina lawyers can access Fastcase through the South Carolina Bar website at www.scbar.org, where they can log in with their bar username and password.

Known for its mission to democratize the law by making it more accessible to more people, Fastcase has been partnering with bar associations since 2005 and steadily transforming the traditional legal research industry. In addition to bar associations, the company provides smarter legal research tools to lawyers around the world, dozens of AmLaw 250 law firms, in-house counsel, and law schools across the United States.

Twenty-five state bar associations have selected Fastcase to provide a similar member benefit. More than 700,000 lawyers now have a subscription to Fastcase, through their firm or through their bar association.

The Fastcase service will be free to South Carolina Bar members, but it is not a discount legal research service. Fastcase has pioneered the smartest legal research tools in the market, with integrated citation analysis tools, data visualization maps of search results, and the first legal research apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. The service also includes Bad Law Bot, the first big data service to identify negative citations to judicial opinions.

Fastcase has gained strong momentum in the legal research market and continues to challenge the norm in legal publishing and legal technology. Fastcase was 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 has introduced new opinion summaries, and has been named to the prestigious EContent 100 list of leading digital publishing and media companies alongside Google, Amazon, Apple and Facebook for three years in a row.

In 2010, Fastcase was the first company to launch an app for legal research, and later, the first company to launch an app for iPad. The American Association of Law Libraries named Fastcase for iPhone the 2010 New Product of the Year and named its integration of HeinOnline its 2014 New Product of the Year. In 2011, Rocket Matter named Fastcase’s apps for iPhone and iPad the Legal Productivity App of the Year and the company furthered its mobile market presence by debuting the Fastcase for Android app in 2012.

About the South Carolina Bar
The South Carolina Bar began in 1884 as the South Carolina Bar Association, a voluntary organization of approximately 200 lawyers. The South Carolina State Bar was created in 1968. The two organizations were merged in 1975. Currently the Bar has a membership of more than 15,000. The South Carolina Bar is dedicated to advancing justice, professionalism, and understanding of the law.

About Fastcase
Fastcase is a leading legal publisher focused on smarter legal software that democratizes the law, making it more accessible to more people. Using patented software that combines the best of legal research with the best of Web search, Fastcase helps busy users sift through the clutter, ranking the best cases first and enabling the re-sorting of results to find answers fast. Founded in 1999, Fastcase has more than 700,000 subscribers from around the world. Fastcase is an American company based in Washington, D.C. For more information, follow Fastcase on Twitter at @Fastcase or visit www.fastcase.com.

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