We thoroughly considered the benefits offered based on the needs of our members and determined that Fastcase is by far the smartest and most user-friendly online legal research provider. We know OSB members, both large firms and solo practitioners alike, will be pleased to take advantage of this free member benefit.
Washington, DC and Tigard, OR (PRWEB) September 22, 2009
Legal publisher Fastcase, Inc. and the Oregon State Bar (OSB) are launching a new partnership that gives more than 16,000 lawyers in Oregon free online access to the complete national law library on their desktops. Beginning September 21, 2009, OSB members will receive complimentary access to Fastcase's next-generation online law library.
This exclusive member benefit includes Fastcase's patented online legal research system, the smartest set of tools for online research. On traditional research services, this access costs thousands of dollars per year. In this partnership, it is offered by Fastcase and the OSB for free through the OSB website, http://www.osbar.org, with no monthly, hourly or time-based fees.
"We are excited to bring the Fastcase library to all OSB members," said Gerry Gaydos, President of the Oregon State Bar. "We thoroughly considered the benefits offered based on the needs of our members and determined that Fastcase is by far the smartest and most user-friendly online legal research provider. We know OSB members, both large firms and solo practitioners alike, will be pleased to take advantage of this free member benefit."
The Fastcase benefit includes judicial opinions and statutes from all 50 states, as well as federal district courts, federal bankruptcy courts, nationwide federal court of appeals cases, and the U.S. Supreme Court. The Fastcase benefit also includes extensive Oregon libraries, such as court rules, Attorney General Opinions, administrative regulations, statutes, session laws, workers' compensation opinions, and much more.
But more important than the scope of the libraries are Fastcase's powerful legal research tools, which make finding the law easier than ever. The benefit includes data visualization tools that plot search results on an interactive map, integrated citation analysis tools, a dozen ways to sort the most relevant search results to the top of the list, dual-column printing, batch printing, customized search histories, and customized libraries of favorites. Together, these tools represent the fastest, easiest, and smartest way ever to find the law.
Transactional access to newspaper articles, public records searches, federal docket search, and legal forms is all integrated into the Fastcase website, making it one of the largest online law libraries in the world.
"We are pleased to partner with the Oregon State Bar to allow free access to Fastcase as a member benefit," said Ed Walters, CEO of Fastcase. "Our goal is to democratize the law and provide innovative and smarter alternatives for lawyers and legal researchers. We are pleased to partner with the OSB to achieve that goal by offering Fastcase for free to OSB 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 380,000 subscribers from around the world, and the company recently launched the Fastcase Public Library of Law (http://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 http://www.fastcase.com, or Fastcase's legal research blog at http://www.fastcase.blogspot.com.
About the Oregon State Bar:
The Oregon State Bar (OSB) was established in 1935 by the Oregon Legislative Assembly to license and discipline lawyers, regulate the practice of law, and provide a variety of services to bar members and the public. The OSB has more than 16,000 members and is a public corporation and an instrumentality of the Oregon Judicial Department. It is funded entirely by membership and program fees, and does not receive any financial support in the form of taxpayer dollars from the states general fund. Membership is mandatory for lawyers who wish to practice law in Oregon. For more information, visit http://www.osbar.org.