Monthly Archives: April 2011

Free PLI Program: Debt Ceiling Debate Raises Legal, Regulatory and Financial Issues

On April 27th PLI will offer a free program entitled Debt Ceiling Debate Raises Legal, Regulatory and Financial Issues.

In the ongoing partisan war over government spending and taxes the next battle is whether to raise the Federal Debt Ceiling.  Elected officials on both sides of the aisle are taking increasingly partisan positions.

Please plan to join Francis J. Aquila of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP as he discusses these important topics:

  • What is the debt ceiling and why it needs to be raised
  • Why the debate over the debt ceiling could lead to further budget cuts for key regulatory agencies
  • How a protracted debate over whether to raise the debt ceiling could affect the capital markets
  • How a failure to raise the debt ceiling could lead to a default in U.S. government obligations
  • Why you and your clients will need to expect the unexpected if the debt ceiling is not raised on a timely basis

Debt Ceiling Debate Raises Legal, Regulatory and Financial Issues

Wednesday April 27th  2011, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm


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Interview with a Law Librarian: Karen Grushka

Tell me a little bit about yourself.

I grew up in Toronto, but moved after high school to attend college and graduate school in the Midwest.  After finishing law school at Michigan State University, I moved to New York City, where I decided to pursue a degree in library and information science and St. John’s University.  I now work as a reference assistant at New York Law School’s Mendik Library, where I handle interlibrary loan requests for faculty, staff and students.

Why did you decide to become a librarian?

I really loved the rigors of law school, but I knew that upon graduation, I wanted to pursue a more non-traditional legal career.  Prior to law school, I had completed a master’s degree in French studies, where I spent time working and doing research in France.  I grew to love doing the research, engaging people in conversation, asking questions, reading and writing.  So I was lucky that during my legal studies, I had the opportunity to work in the law library as a research assistant for the librarians and faculty.

After graduation, I moved to New York City, where I spent a year doing various law-related jobs, until I realized that library school might provide a place where I could combine both my legal background and my love of research.  

What is a typical day for an ILL librarian?

Most of my day is spent responding to and organizing internal and external requests for items, processing incoming and outgoing mail, and sometimes, searching for hard-to-find materials.  I also spend some time assisting at the reference desk.

How do you feel technology has changed the field of librarianship?

In the context of interlibrary loan and reference work, technology has made the exchange of information almost instantaneous.  Requesting items from other libraries, or responding to outside requests is extremely fast and efficient.  It’s amazing how quickly a request for materials can be placed and filled. For items like journal articles in PDF format, the time between ordering and receiving the resource can take just a few minutes.

You’ve had some fascinating internships at different government offices – which one was the most rewarding and why?

During law school, I interned at both a Michigan circuit court, as well as at the Attorney General’s office in the Community Health department. Both were fascinating, since I had the chance to gain perspective on different aspects of the legal process.

At the circuit court, I responded to pro se complaints and observed criminal and civil trials in process.  At the AG’s department, I researched various issues pertaining to nursing homes and food stamp programs in Michigan.  Both offered the opportunity to strengthen my research skills and to gain a better understanding of state law.

What do you like most about your career?

I like that I’m working with a group of people who love what they’re doing, who are really engaged in their work, and who are fascinated by the challenges of research of problem-solving. I also love working in an academic environment, since there is a pulse among students that fills the library with a dynamic energy.

You have your JD as well as your MLS.  Do you feel your education adequately prepared you to enter the field?

I think that both degrees have contributed to my ability to work in the field, but like most professions, I believe that practical, working experience is the only way to truly grasp the intricacies of the field.  There’s always more to learn, and since technology changes so quickly, it’s important to be practicing in order to keep a handle on emergent information sources and research strategies.

PLI Discover – two more enhancements

We made two enhancements to the PLI site over the weekend.  These two changes improve the usability of the PLI Ebook Library – also called PLI Discover

1. Search Results Linking

You can now link directly into the full-text of the chapter results from the search results page.  You will see a pdf and html icon next to each chapter result.

2. Advanced Search

There is now an Advanced Search option (under the search box).  PLI Discover supports Boolean operators, exact phrase, and proximity searches.  Search tips are available here.

National Library Week

Happy National Library Week!  PLI Library Relations is offering free webex training sessions to our library customers.  Actually, we do this all year long…but it seems timely to mention it during National Library Week.  Our training sessions showcase PLI Discover – which is our online ebook library.  Interested in learning more, you can contact us at

Free 1-Hour Briefing on Researching High Yield Offerings

PLI and LLAGNY have teamed up to offer another free one-hour audio briefing to librarians, researchers, attorneys, and allied professionals.  This is the third in our ongoing series.

Researching High Yield Offerings – Tools and Resources to Help You Keep Pace

The past two years have been two of the healthiest on record for high yield offerings.  With offerings continuing at a frenetic pace, this program will be relevant for researchers and attorneys whose capital markets practice includes high yield transactions. The program will cover the documents that make up a high yield offering, with a focus on how to cull useful information from those documents, and will highlight the free and fee-based resources best suited to support the research needs in this practice area.

Discussion topics include:

  • What is a high yield offering
  • Overview of high yield market
  • Private placements and public offerings
  • Description of notes
  • Mechanics of a high yield offering
  • Sources for general and market information
  • Sources for precedents
  • Researching documents

This briefing, featuring instruction from a noted corporate researcher and an experienced practitioner, was conceived and created in cooperation with Practising Law Institute (PLI) and the Law Library Association of Greater New York (LLAGNY).  This briefing is chaired by Gitelle Seer, Janice E. Henderson, and Patricia Barbone.

What: Researching High Yield Offerings – Tools and Resources to Help You Keep Pace

When: May 5th at 1:00 PM Eastern Time

Presented by: Daniel J. Ferro – Manager, Corporate Resources Department, Fried, Frank, Harris & Shriver LLP and David A. Kanarek – Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP


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March 2011 Course Handbook Update

Here are the PLI Course Handbooks that were published during the month of March 2011.

Commercial Law & Practice Series

  • Consumer, Individual and Small Business Bankruptcy Cases

Corporate Law & Practice Series

  • 16th Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute
  • Antitrust Institute 2011
  • Basic Immigration Law 2011
  • Guide to Financial Institutions 2011
  • Hedge Fund Registration
  • How to Prepare an Initial Public Offering
  • Institutional Investor Forum 2011
  • Registration Under the Advisers Act
  • Venture Capital 2011: Nuts & Bolts

Intellectual Property Series

  • 5th Annual Patent Law Institute
  • Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry 2011
  • Hot Topics in Advertising Law 2011
  • Social Media 2011

Litigation & Administrative Practice Series

  • 12th Annual Supreme Court Review: October 2009 Term
  • Advanced Deposition Techniques 2011
  • California Hiring & Firing Update 2011
  • International Arbitration 2011
  • New York CPLR

New York Practice Skills Series

  • Basic Immigration Law 2011
  • Developing Business 2011
  • New York CPLR

Real Estate Law & Practice Series

  • Commercial Real Estate Workouts and Restructurings 2011
  • Green Real Estate Summit 2011

Tax Law & Estate Planning

  • Corporate Tax Practice Series: Strategies for Acquisitions, Dispositions, Spin-Offs, Joint Ventures, Financings, Reorganizations & Restructurings (**Treatise Style Format)

Please write if you have any questions or would like to order a title.

PLI Discover – two enhancements

We made two enhancements to the PLI site over the weekend.  These two changes improve the usability of the PLI Ebook Library – also called PLI Discover

1.  The Search Within the Results box has been moved to the top of the Narrow Your Results box on the left-hand side of the screen.  Thanks to everyone who suggested that we move that to a more prominent position. 

2.  We now have a Table View available throughout the site.  The default view is the list view – which you are used to seeing on your search results pages.  At the top of the results list there are now two icons, one for the list view and one for the table view (see image below).  Click on the icon to change the display.  Again, thanks to everyone who suggested we add this display item. 

And if you have any questions or have suggestions for improvement, please don’t hesitate to contact the Library Relations department at

Treatise Standing Order Plan

Is your library interested in subscribing to the PLI treatise standing order plan?  Subscribers automatically receive new treatise titles to review.  Any title that is purchased through this plan receives a discounted price on the initial purchase and future supplements. 

Option A subscribers receive a 25% discount

Receive newly published treatises and supplements from all 6 practice areas.

Option B subscribers receive a 20% discount

Receive newly published treatises and supplements from the practice areas you select. You may select between 3 and 5.

Option C subscribers receive a 15% discount

Receive newly published treatises and supplements from the practice areas you select. You may select 1 or 2 practice areas.

Practice areas to choose from:

  • Commercial Law  
  • Corporate Law
  • Tax Law & Estate Planning
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation
  • Real Property Law


All titles carry a 30-day review period and are returnable for each Standing Order Option.    

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