The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) announced this week that Fastcase and William S. Hein & Co. were the joint winners of its 2014 New Product of the Year Award.
“This award honors new commercial information products that enhance or improve existing law library services or procedures or innovative products which improve access to legal information, the legal research process, or procedures for technical processing of library materials. A “new” product is one which has been in the library-related marketplace for two years or less.”
Under the partnership with Fastcase announced last July, HeinOnline provides federal and state case law to its subscribers via inline hyperlinks. Citations to caselaw in journal articles available on HeinOnline now link to the fulltext of the cases supplied by Fastcase.
Coverage includes judicial opinions of the U.S. Supreme Court (1754-present), Federal Circuits (1924-present), Board of Tax Appeals (vols. 1-47), Tax Court Memorandum Decisions (vols. 1-59), U.S. Customs Court (vols. 1-70), Board of Immigration Appeals (1996-present), Federal District Courts (1924-present), and Federal Bankruptcy Courts (1 B.R. 1-present). The state case law covers all fifty states, with nearly half of the states dating back to the 1800s. Coverage for the remaining states dates back to approximately 1950.
The Canadian Association of Law Libraries hands out its own annual award for legal publishing, the Hugh Lawford Award for Excellence in Legal Publishing. Slaw.ca received the award in 2009.