The Utah State Bar, which currently offers its members free access to legal research through an affinity deal with the research company Casemaker, will switch to Fastcase as of Sept. 1, Fastcase announced today.
That brings to 33 the number of state bar associations that offer their members free access to legal research via the Fastcase platform. Through these state partnerships, Fastcase says, it is now available for free to more than 900,000 lawyers, or nearly three-quarters of all lawyers in the United States.
Beginning Sept. 1, the 11,000 Utah State Bar members will get access to Fastcase by way of the bar’s Practice Portal, where they will be able to log in using their bar username and password, according to Joe Patz, director of alliances at Fastcase.
“We are excited about providing members with access to one of the world’s largest online legal research libraries,” Herm Olsen, president of the Utah State Bar, said in a statement provided by Fastcase. “By adding Fastcase to our collection of member benefits, Bar members have a valuable option to conduct high-quality legal research anytime, anywhere.”
Based on information on the companies’ websites, as of Sept. 1, Fastcase will be available through 50 state and local bar associations and law libraries, including 31 statewide bars, the District of Columbia bar, and the U.S. Virgin Islands bar.
Casemaker will be available through 27 state and local bars, including 20 statewide bars. (Texas offers its members both Casemaker and Fastcase.)