The D.C. Bar has greatly increased its free legal research member benefit, from a D.C.-only library to a full nationwide subscription to Fastcase. Active and judicial members will have unlimited, free access to all cases, statutes, regulations, court rules, and constitutions, from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and federal materials.
The Fastcase Premium Plan is normally available for $95 per month or $995 per year, but will be available as a free member benefit to active and judicial members of the D.C. Bar.
Fastcase is a powerful research tool – it has twice won the American Association of Law Libraries New Product of the Year award, and Fastcase has been the ABA Tech Survey’s most popular smartphone app for lawyers for the last three years. Fastcase uses some of the most advanced tools in legal research, such as integrated citation analysis, a visual data map of search results called the Interactive Timeline, and the world’s first big data negative citation service, called Bad Law Bot.
Even with all of these smarter search tools, Fastcase is simple to learn. It supports the terms and connectors search syntax of most major legal research services, and Fastcase conducts in person CLE trainings at the D.C. Bar, as well as free weekly webinar tutorials. The service offers complimentary reference attorney assistance and a tech help desk, offered toll free from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. ET Monday – Friday. The service also offers user guides, live chat assistance, and online video tutorials to help you get started.
“Fastcase is a remarkable tool,” said Dan Mills, the Bar’s practice management advisor. “This is a valuable benefit for our members. It is enhanced by the fact that Fastcase experts provide regular free programs at Bar headquarters for our lawyers and their staff. I am a big fan of Fastcase.”
Fastcase was founded in 1999 by two members of the D.C. Bar, Phil Rosenthal and Ed Walters, who were then working at Covington & Burling. The company now works with 28 state bar associations, has more than 800,000 subscribers and offices around the globe – but remains headquartered in Washington’s Penn Quarter neighborhood. “We’re really excited to extend this partnership with our home bar association, the D.C. Bar,” said Walters.
Premium access to Fastcase went live August 1, 2015 with D.C. Bar-exclusive content to arrive in the coming months. Members who purchased the discounted Premium subscription in 2015 will receive a pro rata refund. To log in to Fastcase, visit www.dcbar.org and click the Fastcase logo on the home page. Log in using your D.C. Bar username and password (or call the D.C. Bar at 202-737-4700, if you need password assistance).
Legal Publishing Company Recognizes the Top 50 Innovators, Visionaries, and Leaders in Law
WASHINGTON, DC (July 14, 2015) – Legal publisher Fastcase today published the company’s annual list of “Fastcase 50” award recipients. Selected from online nominations over the last several months, the “Fastcase 50” award recognizes 50 of the smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law.
View the 2015 winners at http://www.fastcase.com/fastcase50-winners-2015
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.
“Legal tech is really having a moment,” said Fastcase CEO Ed Walters. “It’s a very exciting time, as teams of connected innovators around the world work on complementary projects. And where legal tech used to benefit mainly the lawyers who use it, you can see from this year’s list of honorees that the focus is shifting to the benefit of clients and consumers of legal services.”
It was hard to top the Fastcase 50 classes of 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014— but with another record number of nominees, there were some great choices. “One thing that we’re particularly excited about is how much collaboration there is among honorees,” Walters said. “There are only 250 people who we’ve recognized, but the world of legal tech is a small town, especially in a time of social networks and conferences. Many Fastcase 50 winners from 2011 are working with honorees from 2014 and 2015.”
Fastcase is happy to introduce the Fastcase 50 Class of 2015:
Hon. Ann Aiken, Chief Judge, United States District Court of Oregon
Michelle Alexander, Author; Associate Professor of Law, Ohio State University
Pablo Arredondo, Vice President of Legal Research, Casetext
Rich Barton, Founder of Expedia; Co-Founder of Zillow, Glassdoor
Howard Bashman, Appellate lawyer; Author, How Appealing blog
Laura Calloway, Director, Practice Management Assistance Program at Alabama State Bar
Jeena Cho, Partner at JC Law Group PC; Author; Mindfulness Instructor
Jared Correia, Assistant Director and Senior Law Practice Advisor at LOMAP
Scott Forman, Shareholder, Littler Mendelson; Founder of Littler CaseSmart
JoAnna Forshee, CEO, InsideLegal.com and Envision Agency
Abe Geiger, Founder and CEO, Shake
Eric Goldman, Co-Director, High Tech Law Institute; Professor, Santa Clara University School of Law; Blogger, Forbes’ Tertium Quid Blog and Technology & Marketing Law Blog
Oliver Goodenough, Director, Center of Legal Innovation; Professor of Law, Vermont Law School; Faculty Associate, The Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University
Hon. Paul Grewal, United States Magistrate Judge for Northern District of California
Nick Holmes, Managing Director, Infolaw
Margaret Hagan, Fellow at the Center on the Legal Profession; Lecturer at the Stanford Institute of Design
William C. Hubbard, President, American Bar Association
Rubsun Ho, Co-Founder and Partner, Cognition LLP
Michelle Hunter, Executive Director of the State Bar of Texas
Natalie Kelly, Director, Law Practice Management Program, The State Bar of Georgia
Sheldon Krantz, Author; Senior Fellow, Georgetown Center for the Study of the Legal Profession; Executive Director of The DC Affordable Law Firm
Dan LaBert, Executive Director of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys (NACBA)
Dan Lear, Director of Industry Relations, Avvo
Joshua Lenon, Lawyer-in-Residence at Clio
Daniel Linna, Assistant Dean of Career Development & Professor of Law in Residence, Michigan State College of Law; Adjunct Professor, University of Michigan Law
Lisa Linsky, Partner-in-Charge of Firm-wide Diversity and Partner-in-Charge of LGBT Diversity and Inclusion, McDermott, Will & Emery
Hon. Goodwin Liu, Associate Justice, California Supreme Court
Chris Manos, Executive Director, State Bar of Montana
David Mao, Deputy Librarian of Congress, Library of Congress
Kate Martin, Law Librarian, Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Maryland; President, Law Librarians of Maryland
Garry Mathiason, Shareholder and Chair, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Automation Industry Group; Littler Mendelson
Ryan McClead, Legal Technology Innovation Architect, Norton Rose Fulbright
Gavin McGrane, CEO and Founder, PacerPro
Joe Milstone, Co-Founder and CEO, Cognition LLP
Joe Mornin, Founder, Bestlaw
Jason Moyse, Chief Legal Provocateur, Lawmade.com; Industry Lead, MaRS LegalX; Manager, Legal Business Solutions at Elevate Services
Pat Nester, Assistant Deputy Director, State Bar Of Texas; Director, TexasBarCLE; Executive Director, Texas Bar College
Andrew Perlman, Dean, Suffolk Law School; Director, Institute on Law Practice Technology and Innovation; Director, Legal Technology and Innovation Concentration
William (Bill) Raftery, Knowledge and Information Services Analyst, National Center for State Courts
Trisha Ryan, Principal, Trisha L. Ryan, P.A.
Lynn Schmidt Walters, Co-Founder of JD Mentor; Founder, Lux Law Advising
Brendan Schulman, Special Counsel, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Matt Sellers, CEO and Founder, Quimbee
Aron Solomon, Chief Innovation Operative, Lawmade.com; Innovation Lead for the LegalX cluster; Senior Advisor for education technology at MaRS
David Sparks, Founder of Sparks Law; Blogger, MacSparky.com
Ben Stevens, Senior Partner, The Stevens Law Firm; The Mac Lawyer
John Suh, CEO, Legal Zoom
Donald Verrilli, Solicitor General of the United States
Andy Wilson, CEO and Founder, Logikcull
Daniel Yaniv, Principal, Yaniv & Associates PC
Fastcase 50 recipients will be celebrated during the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) annual meeting July 18-21 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
To view profiles of each of the winners and to learn more about the Fastcase 50 award, visit http://www.fastcase.com/fastcase50-winners-2015.
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.