Members of the Wisconsin State Bar now have access, at no additional cost, to Fastcase, the online legal database described earlier this month. The announcement from the State Bar provides more information about this new member benefit, including instructions for the simple process to access the database. Wisconsin Bar members select “Fastcase” from the drop down menu of the “Legal Research” tab at http://www.wisbar.org and log on with their bar member or e-mail address and password for myStateBar. After logging in, members can retrieve a User’s Guide and other help features, perform a simple Fastcase case law search, or select the advanced search feature to open the full Fastcase database.
The earlier preview of Fastcase focused on case law, but mentioned that additional Wisconsin primary law material would be offered soon. Recently, expanded Wisconsin content became a reality when Fastcase added searchable databases of Statutes, Acts (beginning in 1989), Administrative Regulations, Attorney General Opinions (beginning in 1982), the Constitution, and Supreme Court Rules. Search features are similar to those in the case law database, but includes the additional option to browse an outline view, much like the Table of Contents feature in other databases.
The User’s Guide, tutorials and other help tools on Fastcase offer a wide range of information about the database. To provide additional help for bar members as they begin to use Fastcase, the State Bar and Fastcase are hosting several Webinars during the next three months.
The Law Library’s subscription for Fastcase will be activated in a few days so that law students and other members of the law school community may access the service.