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Bar News - October 18, 2013


Test Driving Online Libraries Ė an Update

So far, more than 50 members have participated in our legal research work group, attended a live demonstration, or taken us up on our offer to "test drive" the enhanced features of our current legal research provider, Casemaker, or the alternative we are considering, Fastcase.

Representatives of Casemaker, during the week of Sept. 23, and Fastcase on the following week, came to NH for demonstrations with lawyers from the Solo & Small Firm networking group, at two evening sessions at the Bar Center, and at law offices in Portsmouth, Laconia, Nashua, and the Attorney Generalís office. In addition, a number of other members have written or called to obtain trial access.

Thatís only a small fraction of the membership. Itís not too late for you to take a spin. We want YOUR input.

Access to online legal research resource is a prized member benefit and the Bar Association is interested in your feedback. Those who have participated in demonstrations or trial access to Fastcase or to Casecheck + - the premium service of Casemaker, are being asked for formal feedback after they have conducted the same research task on both sites.

Casemaker, offered as an NHBA member benefit for the past 10 years, has updated its search interface recently and offers editorial guidance on the validity of opinions with its premium Casecheck +service. (It also offers a $10/per-use cite-checker for pleadings that you can upload.)

Fastcase does not have legal editors and instead uses sophisticated algorithms to help narrow usersí search for the right cases. It also encourages users to try its graphical representation of search results to find relevant cases faster.

Both sites would expand offerings in the NH library if they are selected as the Barís legal research offering.

If you have not yet taken a test-drive on both services, please contact Lisha Brosseau and she can provide you with information for trial access to either service. (While many members are familiar with Casemaker, we are asking members to use its premium subscription product, Casecheck +, as negotiations might include upgrading the Barís current offering.)

The legal research work group hopes to wrap up its work in November.

Go Mobile with Fastcase, Casemaker

Fastcase offers free, unlimited access to its library through apps for Iphone, Ipad and Android. (Subscribing customers are able to save searches and have their personalization features synched between laptop and app versions.)

Visit fastcase.com to find out more.

Casemaker also offers a mobile app. Visit the Casemaker homepage through the Barís website and register to experience Casemakerís app.

If you are in doubt about the status of any meeting, please call the Bar Center at 603-224-6942 before you head out.

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