Monthly Archives: May 2012

Parts I and II of our CI Library One-Hour Briefings are Now Archived

Did you miss the PLI/LLAGNY library one-hour briefings on competitive intelligence?  Not to worry!  You can still hear Jennifer Alexander (Business Analysis Manager, McKenna Long & Aldridge   LLP) and Margaret Hennessey (Business Intelligence Analyst, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP) discuss CI and how law librarians can make inroads in this important and growing area by accessing the archived versions of the program here (Part 1) and here (Part II).

New Treatise! Corporate Political Activities Deskbook

Corporate Political Activities Deskbook provides a thorough grounding in the current state of the law on federal and state campaign finance, pay-to-play, lobbying, and gift compliance.  A practical manual for in-house attorneys advising corporations about involvement in the political process, this new deskbook draws on the extensive practice and regulatory experience of Skadden, Arps authors Ken Gross, Ki Hong and Lawrence Noble.

After describing the impact of the seminal 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizen’s United in expanding permitted corporate speech in the political realm, the Corporate Political Activities Deskbook walks the reader through the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) requirements in such areas as:

  • Permitted and prohibited corporate  activity in both the financial and in-kind areas
  • Who makes up the “restricted class” that may be approached for contributions to a corporate PAC
  • What federal dollar limits exist on financial and in-kind contributions to candidates
  • The difference between an “independent” and “coordinated” activity in support of a candidate
  • The specific FEC reporting requirements, including a line-by-line discussion of FEC Form 1, FEC Form 3L and others

Other chapters of the Corporate Political Activities Deskbook address federal lobbying and gift rules; the Foreign Agents Registration Act; and practice and appearances before the FEC.   An additional chapter addresses state campaign finance, lobbying, gift, placement agent rules and pay-to-play rules, including the national rules affecting those that do business with state or local government entities, such as MSRB Rule G-37 and SEC Rule 206(4)-5.

The deskbook appendices include helpful model documents, such as sample PAC bylaws, a PAC contribution card, and resolution establishing a PAC.  In addition, summary charts  of the 50 state contribution and lobbying laws are included. Rather than the extensive analytical approach of a treatise, the Corporate Political Activities Deskbook emphasizes the rules and provides practical examples of best practices and “do’s and don’ts.”  In many cases, the suggestions go beyond the black letter requirements to incorporate advice about practices that will help the reader utilize the available avenues of interacting with the government while avoiding negative press, public as well as legal regulatory attention.

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

Course Handbooks Published in April 2012

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

Commercial Law and Practice Series

Corporate Law and Practice Series

Intellectual Property Series

Litigation and Administrative Practice Series

New York Practice Skills

Tax Law and Estate Planning

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.

April 2012 Treatise Updates

In April 2012, PLI published new editions of the following treatises:

In addition, the following PLI treatises were updated:

If you are on standing order for any of the above titles, these releases have already been shipped. If you would like to place an order, please write

Happy Law Day!

Did you know that May 1st is Law Day? This year’s theme is “No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom”, which according to the American Bar Association, “underscores the importance of the courts and their role in ensuring access to justice for all Americans.”

To celebrate, PLI is offering 35% off all of our publications, including treatises, course handbooks, and answer books. Click here make a purchase or contact PLI’s Library Relations Department by email (

How are you celebrating?