FastCase and Free Legal Research for Missouri Lawyers

One of my side projects for the last year or so was being part of a Missouri Bar task force charged with bringing a legal research alternative as a member benefit to members of the Missouri Bar.
It was a productive and fun experience, and I’m proud to say that it resulted in both a great new member benefit and a President’s Award for the task force from the Missouri Bar.
We recommended FastCase as the service provider and the service launched last summer. More details here.
We had a follow-up conference call yesterday and I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of usage the service is already getting, and the positive response it seems to be getting to this point.
It also reminded me to recommend that Missouri Bar members who read this blog and haven’t tried the FastCase service yet should definitely get out there and give it a try. You can’t beat the price.
It will be interesting to see the long-term impact of this program and others like it being adopted by other state bars on traditional legal research tools. Considered this recent development.
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  1. says

    I’m curious as to what you think about the transition of the St. Louis county civil and traffic cases to, and the fact that the two day transition is now at two months and counting?
    Do lawyers use private case research firms, and leave the case.nets to the public?

  2. says

    It has a nice interface and usability.
    The biggest draw back to Fastcase that I have seen is it’s inability to Shepardize / check key cites like Lexis and Westlaw. I realize that they have added a button to redirect the user to Lexis or West, but those ala carte services look pretty pricey.

  3. Jason Schoolmeester says

    I have recently joined the Law Society Northern Territory’s (Australia) Committee responsible for members services and professional enhancement. This seems like an excellent benefit for members, is there any more information you can give me about the task force and the arrangements reached with FastCase.