The Fastcase 50 has been making news of late. The Fastcase 50 was sponsored by the legal research company Fastcase to honor the law’s “smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders.” The diverse list runs the gamut from judges to law librarians and includes Robert Ambrogi, Monica Bay, Ari Kaplan, Larry Lessig, Bill Neukom, and Richard Posner among others. Somehow, yours truly was left off the list … but there’s always next year.
If you are not yet familiar with Fastcase it is one of the top new legal research services available right now. In addition to the affordable price, the service makes it much easier to find the cases and statutes that you are looking for because the company offers easy searching, sorting, and visualization tools. Further, the Fastcase library is searchable by keyword (or “Boolean” search) natural language search, or citation lookup depending on how you are most comfortable searching for information.
The company’s library includes primary law from all fifty states and includes in-depth federal coverage of statutes and case law. In addition to the law, users may also also access to a newspaper archives, legal forms, and a PACER search of federal filings. A new utility was also just released that enables one-click printing of any case from any source on the Web or in any Microsoft Word document. The Fastcase Cloud Printing utility allows users to print or save a clean, two-column version of any case.
The best part is that you may have free access to the research tool and not even know it. Fastcase has partnered with twenty state bar associations and a number of other voluntary bar associations to provide legal research as a free benefit for bar members, including the state bars of Oklahoma, Arizona, Florida, Oregon, and Virginia to name a few.
These are some of the benefits of the service:
- Save, print, email, or download documents easily
- Clean, functional, modern interface
- Sortable results allow for quick and efficient research
- Integrated citation analysis
- Much more affordable than LexisNexis or Westlaw
- Flexible subscription options
- Interactive timeline helps to find the most pertinent cases easy
Along with its web-based legal research, Fastcase also offers a free app for iPhone users. The app is free to any iPhone user and no Fastcase subscription is required to use this legal research tool.