Casemaker, an online legal research tool, is one of the most obvious benefits of belonging to the CBA. Not everyone can afford Lexis/Nexis or Westlaw but everyone can benefit from computerized research which is available to all CBA members free of charge via Casemaker.
Until recently (yesterday in fact) I found Casemaker cumbersome and sometimes confounding. I didn’t like it. Yesterday I took a free, online Casemaker webinar hoping to learn how to use 2.2 efficiently. Casemaker 2.2 is what one will see when one logs into Casemaker from the CBA website. I didn’t realize the seminar was about how to use Casemaker 3. At first glance, Casemaker 3 is a vast improvement over 2.2. The search function is intuitive and the search results are organized and presented about as well as conceivably possible.
There are two ways to try out the new Casemaker. Login to the CBA site, go to the Casemaker page and click on the not especially prominent “Try It Now” box. The other way is to take one of the free webinars. Click here for the schedule of upcoming webinars. I recommend taking one of the webinars.
For those of you – and there are too many of you – who do not belong to the CBA for either no reason or for one short-sighted reason or another, now is a good time to join up. To join click here.