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New Jersey State Bar Association Provides Free Legal Research with Fastcase
Members Receive Access to Comprehensive, Next-Generation Law Library Online
Washington, DC and New Brunswick, N.J. (June 29, 2009) — Fastcase, Inc. and the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) today launched a new, free research tool for NJSBA members.
New Jersey lawyers can now access the complete New Jersey law library online by visiting the NJSBA website, www.njsba.com, Members now get for free – as a part of their NJSBA membership - services that previously cost thousands of dollars per lawyer each year.
This exclusive member benefit library includes free access to cases of the New Jersey Supreme Court, New Jersey Appellate Division, and New Jersey Law Division, as well as cases from the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit – which currently costs thousands of dollars per year on traditional services – for free on Fastcase with no monthly, hourly or time-based fees.
“Smart legal research is the foundation of being able to give quality legal advice. This new service means our members have the ability to access legal research no matter where they are, allowing them to work smarter and more efficiently,” said NJSBA President Allen A. Etish.
Added Ed Walters, CEO of Fastcase: “Fastcase isn’t just a more affordable option. Fastcase is a smarter tool for legal research. We list the best cases at the top of the list, and we’ve built data visualization tools that allow you to map your search results. Time is money, and Fastcase saves you both.”
The NJSBA also negotiated a fixed-rate price of $195 per year for access to the complete 50-state Fastcase database, which is an $800 discount over Fastcase’s normal pricing. Members simply log in to the free service and click the upgrade link to subscribe.
“Especially now with the economy still suffering, clients want smart legal advice quickly and economically and this new tool will help everyone make that happen,” Etish said.
Fastcase launched in 1999 to democratize the law, building next-generation research tools and lowering prices for access. One way the Washington, D.C. company has increased access to the law is through an innovative arrangement with bar associations, which subscribe at volume discount prices and offer the research tool for free to their members. Fastcase has signed member benefit agreements with 16 state bar associations and numerous voluntary and metropolitan bar associations, making the law free for more than 380,000 lawyers around the country.
The member benefit also includes transactional access to newspaper articles, public records searches, and legal forms, all integrated into the Fastcase website, making it one of the largest online law libraries in the world. Fastcase is Web-based, so it’s available anywhere people have access to the Internet.
“With the Fastcase member benefit, members of the bar are getting one of the most innovative search technologies, running on one of the most comprehensive law libraries in the world,” said Phil Rosenthal of Fastcase. “Lawyers subscribe to Fastcase for $995 per year – already a great price compared to other premium legal research. We’re pleased, through this deal, to be able to bring our service to members of the New Jersey State Bar Association for free.”
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 is celebrating its 10th year of business. Fastcase has more than 380,000 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.blogspot.com.
About the New Jersey State Bar Association
The New Jersey State Bar Association, incorporated in 1899, is dedicated to the continuing education of lawyers and the public, to reforming and improving the legal system and to aiding in the administration of justice. Visit the association’s website at www.njsba.com.
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