Bar Membership Includes Free Access to Nation’s Smartest Legal Research Tools
Washington, DC and Atlanta, GA (January 3, 2011) — Legal publisher Fastcase and the State Bar of Georgia today announced a partnership that will provide Bar members with free access to the comprehensive, next-generation Fastcase online legal research system.
Effective January 1, 2011, this exclusive benefit provides more than 42,000 members of the State Bar of Georgia with free and unlimited access to one of the largest law libraries in the world. The service includes Fastcase’s comprehensive national research service, including state and federal materials. Its Georgia libraries include caselaw and statutes, session laws, law reviews, administrative rules, regulations and codes. The service also includes transactional access to newspaper articles, federal court filings, and legal forms.
Members can access Fastcase by visiting the Bar’s website, www.gabar.org.
The State Bar of Georgia has been a pioneer in providing access to online legal research, launching the Casemaker service for its members in 2004. After an extensive evaluation and review process comparing quality, ease of use, visual tools and overall design, the Board of Governors at the end of 2010 decided to upgrade from Casemaker to Fastcase. Georgia joins the Oregon State Bar and the West Virginia State Bar, both of which switched from Casemaker to Fastcase in the last 18 months. Nineteen state bar associations and dozens of voluntary bar associations offer Fastcase as a member benefit.
“We’re thrilled to work with the State Bar of Georgia,” said Phil Rosenthal, President of Fastcase. “We’ve worked really hard to build smarter legal research tools, top-tier service, and high-quality data. You can see it paying off with the momentum towards Fastcase in the market.”
Fastcase has gained very strong momentum in the legal research market in 2010. Fastcase was voted #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’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 has gained overwhelming support in the market for state bar associations. State Bar associations have upgraded to Fastcase from Casemaker, LexisNexis, and Versuslaw in the last year. Today more than 500,000 lawyers have a subscription to Fastcase’s legal research service.
Fastcase will be available for free to members of the State Bar of Georgia starting January 1, 2011, at www.gabar.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 500,000 subscribers from around the world. Fastcase is an American company based in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.fastcase.com.
About The State Bar of Georgia
The State Bar of Georgia was founded in 1964 and exists to foster among the members of the Bar the principles of duty and service to the public; to improve the administration of justice; and to advance the science of law. The State Bar of Georgia is the seventh largest mandatory bar in the country and serves over 42,000 members. For more information, visit www.gabar.org.