Monthly Archives: March 2012

Discover: Try it before you buy it









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iPads and the Practice of Law

iPads are extraordinarily popular (89% of lawyers who use a tablet use an iPad) and easy to use, but they present some practical problems to those accustomed to working on desktop or notebook computers. In need of some tips on how to use your iPad effectively?  Wondering about security policies for iPads in the office as compared to those for Blackberries? Check out this article by Carol Gerber, former bankruptcy attorney who’s been teaching tech to lawyers for over a decade.  Gerber will also lead PLI’s upcoming one-hour briefing, iPads and the Practice of Law: Finding a Productive Common Ground (audio only), which will take place on April 3rd.

And did you know that PLI has an app for Discover, our eBook library, which you can download free from iTunes? For more information on how to use our app, click here.

Farewell Friday

This week, two often-used resources bid us adieu: the print version of Encyclopaedia Britannica and the GPO Access, the website for official US publications. But neither are disappearing completely–the Encyclopaedia Britannica will still be available online and the GPO has been folded into FDsys, or the Federal Digital System.

Read more about these changes here and here.

Federal Bail and Detention Handbook 2012 (New Title)

The Bail Reform Act of 1984 and its legislative history are lengthy and complex. Yet all participants—lawyers, judges, and others—are required to understand it thoroughly and apply it swiftly and effectively, often under the pressure of a detention hearing.

The Honorable John L. Weinberg’s Federal Bail and Detention Handbook 2012 provides the busy practicing lawyer or judge with a quick and clear reference to the Act and the relevant statutory language, legislative history and appellate case law.

Judge Weinberg has included “Practice Pointers,” designed to provide defense counsel and Assistant U.S. Attorneys with strategic suggestions for dealing with the Act.  The Handbook’s Table of Cases lists every federal appellate decision of significant precedential value that interprets or applies the Act.

The new paperback format of this 2012 edition has been tailored to help readers find answers in a hurry. Its size permits it to be carried conveniently to and from the courtroom.

Lawyers new to hearings on release and detention in federal court will find the book a useful basic course as well.

To order the book, click here or email

Changing Jobs in the New Legal Environment: What Partner Candidates Should Expect (Free One Hour Briefing)

March 29, 2012, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm  (E.D.T.)

Note: There will be NO CLE available for this FREE briefing.

The American Lawyer recently reported that after several down years, lateral hiring of partners is back to pre-recession levels. But in many ways, the landscape has changed significantly. In this One-Hour Briefing, Executive Search Consultants Stephen Nelson and Andi Cullins review the state of the market and the factors that partner-level candidates need to consider in determining both whether to make a move and how to evaluate opportunities that may arise.

Among the topics that will be discussed:

  • Evaluating your current position
  • Developing a “shopping list” for your search
  • An overview of the law firm lateral hiring process
  • The portable business question
  • Considerations for government and in-house lawyers
  • How to develop a business plan
  • Doing your due diligence
  • Ethical issues
  • Using recruiters – pro and con
  • Dos and don’ts in working with recruiters

Don’t miss this important free briefing!

Changing the Foreclosure Litigation Landscape with the 49 State AG Mortgage Servicing Settlement (Free One Hour Briefing)

March 19, 2012, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm  (E.D.T.)

Millions of homeowners have lost their homes and been subjected to unlawful conduct by mortgage servicing companies in the context of both judicial and non-judicial foreclosure proceedings around the country.  All state attorneys general, except the Oklahoma Attorney General, recently announced that they agreed to a 26 billion dollar settlement with the five largest mortgage servicers. The settlement is intended to help millions of homeowners modify their loans, provide compensation to homeowners who lost their homes as a result of the unlawful conduct of servicers in the foreclosure process, and change the way in which these five major loan servicing companies service mortgage loans that are both current and in default. The final settlement will be a long, complex agreement that advocates for homeowners, lenders and government agencies will need to understand in order to represent their clients effectively both in and out of court. This one-hour briefing will give you the tools to digest the relevant portions of the settlement and to deploy that knowledge to effectively represent your clients.

Adam H. Cohen and Elizabeth M. Lynch, foreclosure prevention attorneys at MFY Legal Services, Inc. will discuss the impact of the 49 State Attorney Generals settlement with some the countries’ largest servicers.

Don’t miss this important Free Briefing!

February 2012 Course Handbook Updates

Listed below are the PLI Course Handbooks that were published during the month of  February 2012:

Corporate Law and Practice Series

Intellectual Property

Litigation & Administrative Practice Series

New York Practice Skills

Tax Law and Practice Series

If you have any questions or would like to order a title, please contact the Library Relations Help Desk at or call 877-900-5291.