In June 2005, the Louisiana State Bar Association became the first state bar association in the nation to offer Fastcase as a free benefit to its members. Since then, LSBA continues to offer Fastcase as a member benefit to all LSBA members.
Starting December 14, 2016, the LSBA is bringing you Fastcase 7, the all-new version of Fastcase.
Fastcase 7 offers a more fluid and easy-to-navigate online legal research library. It has all of the familiar features and tools, plus an enhanced Forecite, Tag Cloud, Authority Check and Bad Law Bot, more advanced search options, new results screen options, larger fonts and selections to make documents easier to read on computer screens, and new dual-column printing options.
You choose when to use Fastcase 7. When Fastcase 7 becomes available on December 14, 2016, you’ll see a slider in the top right corner of your screen that allows you to toggle back and forth between Fastcase 7 and the classic Fastcase service.
This member benefit is unlimited — with no restrictions on time or number of transactions, unlimited printing, unlimited reference assistance and unlimited customer service included for free, as well as a newspaper archive, legal forms and a one-stop PACER search of federal filings. Training webinars and tutorials, industry-leading mobile apps, and live customer support are available from members of the Fastcase team.
Fastcase 7 will offer the following new features and additions:
Fastcase 7 will greet you with a guided visual tour that automatically loads the first time you toggle over and can be viewed anytime, as many times as you need. Several resources, tools, and updates are prominently displayed, including: Help resources, Live Chat with a Fastcase reference attorney, any new results on alerts you have set for particular searches, and quick access to a much more detailed version of your search history than was available in previous versions of Fastcase.
Now with Fastcase 7, you can search across different types of materials at the same time. Cases, state constitutions, attorney general opinions – choose to search everything or filter results down to just a select category. You can also choose to search across all materials associated with a particular state jurisdiction simultaneously.
With a Fastcase 7 search, your main results are accompanied by several tools, all on the same page. These panels can be hidden or expanded without any load time, everything is pre-loaded. You can also move panels and customize your research experience. You control which results are displayed with the Filter pane and can clear and apply filters to your heart’s content without ever leaving the results page.
This feature is the first of its kind and allows you to ascertain which terms are being used to discuss a legal issue in a flash, and can click any term to see only results that use that term.
Fastcase 7 now displays the Interactive Timeline directly below your search results. You do not have to go to another page to view the timeline, and can now see your results and the data visualization of those results simultaneously. Suggested Results are displayed alongside your main results for every search. This right-hand column is no longer just for HeinOnline materials, but Forecite Results, Journals, and everything in between. You get bottomless results. There are no pages of cases to click through on Fastcase 7. When you scroll to the bottom of the initial results, more results will load automatically.
Fastcase 7 makes reading cases on a screen easier by using large fonts. You can make the reading experience even cleaner by activating full screen mode using the diagonal arrows on the top right of the opinion text. Your results list is now displayed alongside the opinion text in larger format. You can favorite or add cases to your print queue directly from an opinion page.
You can view Authority Check alongside your opinion. All your citing cases, the case-level Interactive Timeline, and Bad Law Bot, can be viewed without opening a new tab or window. Statistical information about which jurisdictions are citing your case is now clearer so you can spot trends in the law on the fly. You can view the Authority Check report right next to your case, or expand it for the full dashboard view.
Now you can download up to 500 documents at a time in a zip file, with each document in a separate file. Each file has an intelligent name, so you can identify them in a snap.
To encourage smarter, more efficient use, Fastcase has created Fasttips. You already know that Fastcase has an app for iPhone, iPads and Droids, but did you know that you can:
Read Fasttips for even more features.
- create your own advance sheet in e-book format, one month's worth of judicial opinions from courts around the country;
- batch print up to 20 cases at a time;
- browse statutes in outline form;
- email cases to yourself, colleagues or clients;
- send your search results to another fastcase user; and
- use online Live Chat for assistance with your research