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D.C. Bar Expands Fastcase Partnership

August 31, 2015

To celebrate the D.C. Bar’s expanded partnership with Fastcase, Bar president Timothy K. Webster cuts a ribbon with Katherine A. Mazzaferri, CEO of the Bar; Ed Walters, CEO of Fastcase; and Phil Rosenthal (far right), president of Fastcase.The D.C. Bar has expanded its partnership with Fastcase, offering Bar members even better legal research access as a member benefit. Active and judicial Bar members will now have full nationwide subscriptions to Fastcase.

With this enhanced partnership, Bar members will have free unlimited access to all cases, statutes, regulations, court rules, and constitutions from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as to federal materials. While the Fastcase Premium Plan typically costs $95 per month or $995 per year, it will be a free member benefit to active and judicial members of the Bar.

"Fastcase is a remarkable tool," said Dan Mills, assistant director of the Bar's Practice Management Advisory Service (PMAS). "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 has been recognized as a powerful research tool, twice winning the American Association of Law Libraries' New Product of the Year award. It has also been named the most popular smartphone app for lawyers by the ABA Legal Technology Survey Report for the last two years.

Fastcase uses some of the most advanced tools in legal research, including integrated citation analysis, a visual data map of search results called Interactive Timeline, and the world's first big data negative citation service called Bad Law Bot.

Fastcase Interactive Timeline
Fastcase Interactive Timeline

All of Fastcase's search tools are easy to learn and support the terms and connectors search syntax of most major legal research services. For additional help, Fastcase conducts in-person Continuing Legal Education trainings at the D.C. Bar, as well as free weekly Webinar tutorials. PMAS also will be offering the program "Hands On with Fastcase" on September 17 from 12 to 2 p.m. as part of its Small Firm Lunch and Learn Series

Fastcase also provides complimentary reference attorney assistance and a tech help desk open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST, Monday to Friday. In addition, the service offers user guides, live chat assistance, and online video tutorials to help users get started.

Fastcase was founded in 1999 by two members of the D.C. Bar, Phil Rosenthal and Ed Walters, who then worked at Covington & Burling LLP. Headquartered in the District's Penn Quarter neighborhood, the company now partners with 28 state bar associations and has more than 800,000 subscribers with offices around the globe.

"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.

How to Log In

  • Visit the Bar's homepage and click on the Fastcase logo in the bottom lefthand corner. You can also log in here
  • Log in using your D.C. Bar username and password. Call the D.C. Bar Member Service Center at 202-626-3475 or e-mail at memberservices@dcbar.org if you need password assistance.

For more information about the expanding Fastcase partnership, visit the Bar's Member Benefits page or contact memberbenefits@dcbar.org