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).