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.
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.