Expanded Legal Research—Free and at Your Fingertips

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State Bar of Texas member benefits are second to none. And they keep getting better.

Since 2014, the State Bar has offered members unlimited free access to Fastcase’s nationwide legal research. I’m excited to announce we’ve expanded the benefit to include free access to millions of briefs, pleadings, motions, and orders through Docket Alarm within the Fastcase platform.

All active State Bar of Texas members can access the additional resources now by logging into My Bar Page at texasbar.com with their existing username and password. A how-to video and guide are available at texasbar.com/legalresearch. The expanded Docket Alarm briefs, pleadings, motions, and orders partnership is the first between Fastcase and a bar association, and it will become a model for other bars.

As noted in my September 2021 column, for many years the State Bar of Texas provided free legal research to members through both Fastcase and Casemaker. Last year, the companies merged to offer a more comprehensive set of tools and products under the Fastcase platform. Casemaker as a stand-alone platform ended last fall. (If you still need help transitioning from Casemaker to Fastcase, visit the Fastcase Resource Library (https://bit.ly/fastcase-resource-library).

Fastcase has been a tremendous partner for the State Bar of Texas. Co-founder and President Phil Rosenthal said he believes bar members should get more and more for free as the company grows. As he put it, helping bar associations is in Fastcase’s DNA.

The Docket Alarm collection has more than 63 million case filings across state and federal trial courts, and thousands of new documents are added every day. The collection includes

  • sample motions,

  • as-filed briefs,

  • new complaints in federal and state cases filed in counties across the U.S., and

  • nonfinal orders from judges on procedural motions.

The State Bar of Texas has negotiated special offers and discounts on a variety of resources to help members with the everyday practice of law. It’s one of the many ways we work to improve the quality of legal services in our state. I invite you to explore the growing list of member benefits at texasbar.com/benefits.



Executive Director, State Bar of Texas
Editor-in-Chief, Texas Bar Journal

Trey Apffel can be reached at 512-427-1500, trey.apffel@texasbar.com or @ApffelT on Twitter.


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