Two Great ISBA Member Benefits Sponsored by
A Value of $1,344, Included with Membership

Fastcase

In order to serve our members better, we will be taking down our database and website for a short time, resulting in a temporary loss of services. As such,

  • Members will need to create a new website password on or after Monday, November 21.
  • If you need to access Fastcase over the weekend, you'll need to follow the steps below now to ensure continued service.

Starting Friday, November 18 at 5:30 p.m. and running through Sunday, November 20, the ISBA website, including access to Fastcase and free online CLE, will be unavailable.


Fastcase is free for ISBA members and sponsored by ISBA Mutual Insurance Company. In downtown Chicago and need to do some legal research? ISBA members can stop by our Chicago office located at 20 S. Clark, Suite 900, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and make themselves at home at our new 'Fastcase Kiosk'. Be sure to check in with the front desk receptionist upon arrival.

Complimentary Training and CLE Credit for ISBA Members Only

With unlimited free access to a comprehensive 50-state and federal case law database, this is one benefit ISBA members should learn how to use! Check out these upcoming August Fastcase Training webinars:

It’s easy to find great results in Fastcase – and easy to save key documents and record time in Clio. But both tasks just got easier.

We’re happy to announce the integration of the best research and practice management tools in the business: Fastcase and Clio. Fastcase is an ISBA member benefit and Clio is part of the ISBA member discount program.

With this partnership, legal professionals can track time spent researching without focusing attention away from the task at hand. From inside Fastcase, you can now select from clients and matters in Clio, start a timer for your research session, and record the activity automatically in Clio. You never have to miss or manually record your research time again.

ISBA members can sign up for Fastcase at www.isba.org/fastcase
ISBA members can sign up for Clio at www.isba.org/membermarketplace/practice#clio


Law Technology News has launched a new Vendor Satisfaction Survey broken down by industry.  In the legal research survey, respondents ranked Fastcase No. 1 in customer satisfaction in 7 out of 10 categories, and a very close second in two out of the remaining three. Fastcase was the clear winner in “Price for Value,” with 87.5% rating Fastcase as Excellent (LexisNexis was a distant second at 14.3% and Westlaw at 12.7%). Remember, ISBA members receive Fastcase for free as part of their member benefits package.

“In the Likelihood to Recommend” category, 50% of respondents gave Fastcase the highest rating of “Very” (compared to 26.5% for LexisNexis and 20.4% for Westlaw).  

Fastcase also had the highest “Excellent” ratings for Products/services information in vendor literature, Ease of Installation, Customer service responsiveness, Ease of Integration into firm workflow, and Features and functions.

Westlaw ranked highest in one category, with 37.6% rating its availability of training as “Excellent” (narrowly edging Fastcase at 37.5%).  LexisNexis finished first in one category, Ease of integration with other technology, with 25.9% of respondents rating its products as “Excellent” (and narrowly edging Fastcase at 25.0%).

Beginning with public acts from the spring legislative session, Fastcase is updating its version of Illinois Compiled Statutes in real time. In other words, as soon as the governor signs a bill into law, Fastcase updates its version of the ILCS to reflect the new act. “That way you’re always looking at the most up-to-date version of statutes,” says Fastcase CEO Ed Walters.

As a Fastcase user, you’ll be seeing red – in a good way. When an ILCS provision is affected by a new act, Fastcase includes a notice in red font on the top of the page. They also underline the new language and set it off in red.

Fastcase is free to ISBA members. If you haven't already done so, click on the Fastcase icon on the upper right of the ISBA homepage and take it for a test drive.

All ISBA systems will be down for equipment upgrades beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, January 24, until about 8 p.m. that night. During this downtime the ISBA website and email lists will not be available. You will also not be able to log into Fastcase or FastCLE. If you will need to access Fastcase during this time, please follow the instructions below.

Fastcase has enhanced its Authority Check feature to show you where courts have noted that a case has been treated negatively (i.e., reversed or overruled on any grounds). The new feature, "Bad Law Bot," uses algorithms to find negative citation history.  Bad Law Bot then flags those cases that have negative citation history and provides you with the links to those cases.  Keep in mind that Bad Law Bot is not intended to be a complete replacement for a full editorial citator or for reading all later-citing cases. A red flag means that there's likely negative treatment, since a court has said as much by their use of a negative citation, but no red flag does not necessarily mean that a case is still good law. If a case has been overturned but no court opinion has cited to it yet, Bad Law Bot won't be able to find any citation signal information.

Bad Law Bot is a part of Fastcase’s Authority Check, which means it’s free to you as a member of the Illinois State Bar Association.  For more information, visit www.fastcase.com/badlawbot.

"[T]his may not be the job market you anticipated," Fastcase CEO Ed Walters told University of Illinois law grads last Saturday, "but it may well create the unexpected opportunity, an opportunity that you may otherwise have missed, that makes your career."

Walters, commencement speaker for the class of 2012, knows something about finding success by way of the path less traveled. "The shortest distance between you and your goals is rarely a straight line," he said. "It’s a little like driving across the mountains: the fastest way usually isn’t a straight line across the map. You don’t control the terrain.  And the path usually takes you on a few turns in the opposite direction along the way.

"This job market is full of mountains and obstacles. Your path across them may be different from the one you charted. But openness, flexibility, and hard work will get you there."

Read Ed's thoughtful and wide-ranging speech, which is about living, not just making a living, and has sound advice for newly minted and veteran lawyers alike.


As many ISBA-member iPhone and iPad users know, Fastcase was early out of the gate with a legal research app. Members told us that while they loved it, they'd love it even more if it linked to their ISBA Fastcase benefit desktop account. That way they could print, access their search histories, and contact Fastcase reference attorneys and technical support.

Fastcase told us some months ago that a connection like that was coming, and now it's here under the moniker "Mobile Sync."

Mobile Sync automatically syncs to your activity history and saved favorites on any of the Fastcase applications, so no work is ever lost. When you log in through your ISBA account, you see the favorites you saved on you iPhone or iPad. Searches performed on your desktop can be continued from anywhere using your iPhone or iPad, picking up right where you left off.

Fastcase posts instructions for setting up Mobile Sync. ISBA members log into Fastcase using the icon on the upper right at our website.