Members Gain Free Access to Next-Generation Law Library and Legal Research Tools
Washington, DC and Charleston, WV (May 27, 2010) — Fastcase, Inc. today announced a partnership with the West Virginia State Bar (WVSB) to provide a new, free research tool for WVSB members. More than 8,000 lawyers will receive free access to the comprehensive Fastcase legal research system beginning July 1, 2010 by visiting the WVSB’s website, www.wvbar.org.
This exclusive member benefit allows free access to one of the largest law libraries in the world and includes a variety of West Virginia legal materials, including caselaw, statutes, regulations, court rules, and attorney general opinions, as well as a comprehensive 50-state and federal legal database. Fastcase also includes transactional access to newspaper articles, public records searches, and legal forms.
Fastcase features smarter technology to bring the best documents to the top of the results list, as well as sorting technologies that let users customize their results for the kind of research they are doing. Access to online legal research – which currently costs thousands of dollars per year on traditional services – will be offered for free on Fastcase with no monthly, hourly or time-based fees.
For years, the State Bar had offered a legal research member benefit with Casemaker, but decided to make the switch to Fastcase after a comprehensive competitive review process. “After listening to the needs of our members and initiating an intense comparison of several legal research providers, The West Virginia State Bar is proud to announce that our members will begin receiving free access to Fastcase on July 1, 2010,” said State Bar President Letitia Neese Chafin. “We found the Fastcase service ideal for members conducting legal research online because it offers the most comprehensive database, interactive search features, and an easy-to-use technology that our members will appreciate.” West Virginia joins New Jersey, Oregon, and Arkansas as state bar associations that have switched from other providers to Fastcase’s member benefit in the last year.
“We are pleased to be the legal research member benefit provider for West Virginia and a rapidly growing number of state and local bar associations,” said Phil Rosenthal, President of Fastcase. “For more than 10 years it has been our mission to make legal research smarter, easier, and faster while at the same time making access to the law more affordable, so all attorneys can be more competitive. The West Virginia State Bar is helping us achieve this by providing Fastcase for free to all its members.”
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.com has more than 400,000 subscribers from around the world, and the company recently launched the Fastcase Public Library of Law (www.plol.org), the world’s largest free legal research site for consumers and lawyers alike. Fastcase is an American company based in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.fastcase.com, or Fastcase’s legal research blog at www.fastcase.com/blog.
About The West Virginia State Bar
Founded in 1947, The West Virginia State Bar serves more than 8,000 members. The West Virginia State Bar is an agency of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. For more information, visit www.wvbar.org.
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