Access to Smarter Legal Research Tools Now Available for State Bar Members at No Cost
Washington, DC (September 25, 2013) – The New York State Bar Association and legal publisher Fastcase today announced a partnership to provide 76,000 members of the association with free access to the New York libraries in Fastcase’s legal research system.
The nation’s largest voluntary state bar association is offering access to online legal research for its members in New York, 49 other states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and 113 countries.
Beginning this week, members will gain free access to Fastcase’s New York libraries by logging on to www.nysba.org, going to Practice Resources and clicking on Fastcase. The free benefit includes judicial opinions from New York State courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. It also offers access to New York State Consolidated Laws; New York Codes, Rules and Regulations; and the New York Constitution.
As part of the benefit, members may subscribe to the nationwide Fastcase premium subscription for $195 per member per year—which normally costs $995 per year, a discount of $800. In addition, a specially tailored benefit will help new attorney members gain professional and financial footing during their first two years of practice. They qualify for free access to Fastcase’s entire federal and 50-state library, which will be available to them in October.
“We are pleased to provide the Fastcase online legal research library as a benefit to our members,” said New York State Bar Association President David M. Schraver of Rochester (Nixon Peabody). “The legal community has been conducting legal research online for decades. Now we are able to bring our members unlimited access to one of the largest law libraries in the world as a member benefit.”
This member benefit provides NYSBA members with access to one of the largest law libraries in the world, training webinars and tutorials, and free reference assistance. 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.
“This is the new normal, when New York firms are absorbing their legal research costs as overhead, and firms of all sizes are looking to add a nonbillable ‘house account’ for legal research,” said Fastcase President Phil Rosenthal. “This partnership makes the NYSBA and Fastcase a better value than ever for New York firms, because they can reduce the costs of legal research and they can do so with the world’s smartest legal research tools.”
Over the last few years, 24 state bar associations and scores of the nation’s largest law firms have subscribed to Fastcase, which now has more than 600,000 subscribers.
Fastcase has gained very strong momentum in the legal research market and continues to challenge traditional legal publishers. 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. The American Association of Law Libraries named Fastcase 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 Fastcase was named to The Best of Legal Times in multiple categories in 2012. Three times the company has been listed in the EContent 100, the most influential companies in the digital economy, alongside Google, Apple, LinkedIn, and Twitter. And the 2013 ABA Tech Survey reports that Fastcase’s mobile apps are by far the most popular app for lawyers, more popular than all other legal research apps combined.
“When bar associations subscribe to legal research for their members at a volume discount, everyone wins,” said Rosenthal. “One of the most valuable bar memberships in the country just got better.”
About the New York State Bar Association
The New York State Bar Association, with 76,000 members, is the largest voluntary state bar association in the country. The organization has been serving the legal profession and the community since it was founded in 1876. To learn more about the NYSBA, visit www.nysba.org.
As the smarter alternative for legal research, Fastcase 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 600,000 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.
Legal Publishing Company Recognizes the Top 50 Innovators, Visionaries, and Leaders in Law
Washington, DC (July 11, 2012) – 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 2013 winners at http://www.fastcase.com/fastcase50-winners-2013
A record number of nominations were submitted for the peer-nominated accolade this year. Several industry leaders, law firm managers, legal technology influencers, law school professors, and entrepreneurs around the world recommended a field of remarkable candidates for the 2013 Fastcase 50 award.
“This is a notable moment for legal tech and the impact these individuals are making on the shifting legal landscape,” said Phil Rosenthal, President of Fastcase. “Each year we take a moment to shine a well-deserved spotlight on some of the heroes, innovators, risk-takers, and individuals who dare to think big and take action on those interesting ideas. Along with the record number of nominees this year, we’re witnessing a rise in the boundary-pushers for big data, open government, and legal information.”
Congratulations to the following Fastcase 50 award recipients:
Raj Abhyanker, CEO, LegalForce
Stephen Allen, Head of Global Legal Services Transformation, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Tom Barnett, Executive Director, State Bar of South Dakota
Josh Becker, CEO, LexMachina
Bob Berring, Jr., Author, Professor of Law, University of California Berkeley
Josh Blackman, Assistant Professor, South Texas College of Law
Paulette Brown, Partner at Edwards Wildman, and Uncontested Nominee for President of the ABA
Matthew Burnett, Director, Immigration Advocates Network
Cindy Chick, Global Manager of Library Systems, Latham & Watkins LLP
Aviva Cuyler, Founder & CEO, JD Supra
Elizabeth Dobbins, UVA Law Class of 2013, Marine Corps JAG
Erin Egan, Chief Privacy Officer, Policy, Facebook
Anne Ellis, Senior Director of Librarian Relations, Thomson Reuters Legal
Bart Epstein, General Counsel & Chief Strategy Officer, Tutor.com
Ron Friedmann, Consultant, Fireman & Co.
Sara Frug, Associate Director, Legal Information Institute (LII), Cornell Law School
Richard Granat, Founder & CEO, The Granat Group
Itai Gurari, CEO & Co-Founder, Judicata
Marci Harris, CEO, POPVOX
Mark Harris, CEO & Founder, Axiom Law
Allan Head, Executive Director, North Carolina Bar Association
William (Bill) Henderson, Professor of Law and Director, Center on the Global Legal Profession, Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Terry Hill, Director of Programs, The Florida Bar
Ken Hirsh, Director of Law Library and /information Technology, Professor of Practice, University of Cincinnati College of Law
Phil Hoare, Vice President & CIO, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Tim Hwang, Founder & Human Partner, Robot, Robot & Hwang LLP
Daniel Martin Katz, Co-Founder & Co-Director, ReInvent Law; Assistant Professor of Law, Michigan State University
Renee Newman Knake, Co-Founder & Co-Director, ReInvent Law; Assistant Professor of Law, Michigan State University
Colin LaChance, President & CEO, Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII)
Steve Lastres, Director of Library & Knowledge Management, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Carole Levitt, President & Founder, Internet for Lawyers
Daniel Lewis, CEO & Co-Founder, Ravel Law
Adriana Linares, President & Founder, LawTech Partners
Bruce MacEwen, President, Adam Smith, Esq
Kevin Marmion, President, William S. Hein & Company
Kingsley Martin, President & CEO, KMStandards, LLC
Eric Mill, Software Developer, Sunlight Foundation
Charley Moore, Founder & Executive Chairman, Rocket Lawyer
Sharon Nelson, President, Virginia State Bar and President, Sensei Enterprises
Dwight Opperman (in memoriam), Former CEO, West Publishing Co.
Jennifer Pahlka, Founder & Executive Director, Code for America
John Phelps, CEO, State Bar of Arizona
Deb Quintel, Director of Curriculum Development & General Counsel, Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI)
Nik Reed, Co-Founder, Ravel Law
Bess Reynolds, Technical Services Manager of the Library & Knowledge Management Department, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Mark Rosch, Independent Author & Consultant
Jim Sandman, President, Legal Services Corporation
Joshua Tauberer, Founder, GovTrak.us
Tracy Thompson-Przylucki, Executive Director, NELLCO
Grant Vergottini, Co-Founder, Xcential, LLC
Fastcase 50 recipients will be celebrated during the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) annual meeting July 12-16 in Seattle, Washington.
To view profiles of each of the winners and to learn more about the Fastcase 50 award, visit http://www.fastcase.com/fastcase50-winners-2013
As the smarter alternative for legal research, Fastcase 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 500,000 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.
Hein to Include Hyperlinks to Caselaw and Bad Law Bot;
Fastcase to Offer Law Reviews and Historical State Statutes and Session Laws
BUFFALO, NY and WASHINGTON, DC (July 9, 2013) – Independent legal publishers William S. Hein & Co. and Fastcase today announced a new partnership in which the companies will share complementary strengths for the benefit of their members.
Under the agreement, Hein will provide federal and state case law to HeinOnline subscribers via inline hyperlinks powered by Fastcase. In addition, Fastcase will completely integrate HeinOnline’s extensive law review and historical state statute collection in search results, with full access available to Fastcase subscribers who additionally subscribe to Hein’s law review database.
The partnership combines Hein’s expertise in publishing law journals and historical statutory materials and Fastcase’s experience in publishing American primary law. It offers users of both services a complete, integrated legal research experience.
“Fastcase and HeinOnline are two of the largest independent legal publishers in America,” said Ed Walters, CEO of Fastcase. “Integrating these two libraries is a home run for our members. Both services create unique values based on citation analysis and the information architecture of the law. Beyond the fantastic new libraries our users can access, we’re also making our tools smarter as they learn from these new citation relationships.”
As a result of the agreement, Hein’s federal case coverage includes the judicial opinions of the Supreme Court (1754-present), Federal Circuits (1924-present), Board of Tax Appeals (vols. 1-47), Tax Court Memorandum Decisions (vols. 1-59), U.S. Customs Court (vols. 1-70), Board of Immigration Appeals (1996-present), Federal District Courts (1924-present), and Federal Bankruptcy Courts (1 B.R. 1-present). The state case law covers all fifty states with nearly half of the states dating back to the 1800’s. Coverage for the remaining states dates back to approximately 1950.
HeinOnline subscribers also will be able to take advantage of Authority Check, an integrated citation analysis tool developed by Fastcase. When cases are called by HeinOnline, Fastcase’s Authority Check tool will include one of Fastcase’s newest features, “Bad Law Bot”, which uses algorithms to identify negative citation history. These services will be integrated into all HeinOnline subscriptions, which will add tremendous value at no additional cost.
Concurrently, Hein will provide HeinOnline materials to Fastcase, allowing Fastcase users to search across content available in the Law Journal Library, Session Laws Library, State Attorney General Reports and Opinions, and State Statutes: A Historical Archive. The new libraries will be fully integrated into Fastcase’s search system, and Fastcase users will see Hein results and abstracts for free, with subscription options for the full articles. The Hein collection will include more than 1,800 law reviews back to their first volumes, and represents the first secondary material to be integrated into the Fastcase legal research service.
The integrated libraries will be available on both services at the end of the summer.
About HeinOnline: Produced by William S. Hein & Co., Inc., HeinOnline includes nearly 100 million pages of legal history available in an online, fully-searchable, image-based format. HeinOnline bridges the gap in legal history by providing comprehensive coverage from inception of more than 1,800 law and law-related periodicals. In addition to its vast collection of law journals, HeinOnline also contains the Congressional Record Bound volumes in their entirety, complete coverage of the U.S. Reports back to 1754, famous world trials dating back to the early 1700′s, legal classics from the 16th to the 20th centuries, the United Nations and League of Nations Treaty Series, all United States Treaties, the Federal Register from inception in 1936, the CFR from inception in 1938, and much more. For more information about HeinOnline, please visit http://home.heinonline.org.
About Fastcase: As the smarter alternative for legal research, Fastcase 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 500,000 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.