Monthly Archives: August 2012

Discover PLUS Demos – Schedule Yours Today!


Discover PLUS is Practising Law Institute’s comprehensive eBook library, offering customers electronic access to PLI’s authoritative Treatises and Answer Books. In addition, Discover PLUS offers exclusive access to our Course Handbooks, Program Transcripts, and Legal Forms derived from our acclaimed seminars and publications.

During the thirty-minute web demo, we will walk you through the Discover PLUS platform and give you an overview of the site’s main features including Search, Browse, My Folders, and My Searches.

To schedule a webinar today, please contact us:


Phone:  (877) 900-5291

PLI Listserv

The PLI Librarian would like to invite you to sign up for our Library Relations listserv.  Stay on top of all developments regarding our new eBook library, Discover PLUS, and learn what supplements are released each month. Our moderated listserv–we’ll only send messages about 3-4 times each month–will also keep you informed about our Answer Books, Treatises, and Course Handbooks, as well as our library-focused programs, and any other news that would be of interest to our library customers.

If you’d like to sign up please email

PLI Released a New and Updated Mobile App

PLI recently released a newly updated mobile app to make accessing our programs and published content easier than ever!

If your firm or organization subscribes to PLI Discover or Discover PLUS–our eBook libraries–you can access our books from your mobile device.

To start accessing our publications, first, download the app for free from the iTunes store.  After you have downloaded the app, you will be asked to log in.  Use your PLI username and password.

Once you’re logged in, click on the magnifying glass icon along the navigation panel at the bottom of the screen, then click the “Books” tab. From the Books screen, you can narrow the results list down by practice area, or search for specific titles or topics using keywords.  After you’ve selected a title, you can read an individual chapter by selecting it from, the chapter list screen, and you can search through the chapter text by clicking on the magnifying glass icon at the top of the screen and entering your terms.

Selecting a chapter to view will automatically download the chapter to your device.  You can delete chapters from the “Downloads” screen by clicking on the red “x” to the right of the chapter title.  Be sure to delete chapters after you’ve read them to save room on your device!

2012 Discover PLUS Coverage List

The Discover PLUS coverage list is a reference guide for librarians, attorneys, researchers, and other PLI Discover PLUS subscribers.  Inside the catalog is a listing of the books, forms, and transcripts that are available through Discover PLUS.  Discover PLUS contains all PLI published materials, including our authoritative Treatises, Answer Books, and Course Handbooks.

In addition, we have listed our searchable and downloadable legal forms, as well as those program transcripts made accessible through PLUS.

If you have any questions about the coverage list or would like to learn more about Discover PLUS, please contact PLI Library Relations at or 877-900-5291.


2012 Answer Book Catalog

Written by attorneys at major law firms, PLI Answer Books provide readers with a complete understanding of relevant practice issues that arise in each of the selected subject matter areas.  Our Answer Books provide step-by-step explanations of the regulations and issues practitiones are likely to encounter.

Each title in the series uses an easily understood Q&A format so that pertinent questions can be answered quickly. What’s more, every title also includes both practice pointers and checklists that assist in explaining every day client questions.

The 2012 Answer Book catalog can be viewed here.

Contact PLI Library Relations at 877-900-5291 or if you would like a hard copy of the catalog or to order an Answer Book!

PLI Discover PLUS Second Annual “Caption the Cartoon Contest” Announces its Winner

The conferences are over and election season is well underway so it’s the perfect time to announce the winner of our contest!

From June 29th through July 27th, PLI held our second annual Discover PLUS: Caption the Cartoon Contest, during which we asked that you come up with the cleverest caption for our debating treatises cartoon. We received lots of smart and funny captions but, unfortunately, we can only pick one winner.  So, without further ado, the winner of the 2012 Discover PLUS Caption the Cartoon Contest is…Elizabeth Kenney, Law Librarian at Consolidated Edison Co. of NY!


Course Handbooks Published in July 2012

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

Corporate Law and Practice

Intellectual Property

Litigation & Administrative Practice

New York Practice

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.



New Edition of The Trial Handbook



“A valuable reference tool that should be a part of every litigator’s library.”
— New York Law Journal

PLI’s Trial Handbook is the one-stop resource you can trust in the planning, trial and post-trial stages of litigation – now in an all-new format designed for ease of use both in your office and in the courtroom. Designed for quick reference at trial, the Handbook is keyed to the Federal Rules of Evidence, and focuses on the presentation of proof and the evidentiary problems faced by counsel.

Packed with practical checklists, charts, outlines, and sample jury selection questions, Trial Handbook gives you the knowledge and tools to:

  • Develop solid trial briefs and strong case plans
  • Prepare lay and expert witnesses and organize your exhibits more effectively
  • Master voir dire to maximize your chances of getting the most sympathetic jurors
  • Make a clear record at trial to aid jurors’ understanding of your case
  • Build a rapport and your credibility with the jury throughout the trial
  • Use opening statements to put your cases, clients, and proof in the most favorable light
  • Give summations that blend evidence and issues to paint a thoroughly persuasive picture
  • Exploit discovery materials at trial to get an additional edge
  • Lay the proper foundation for various forms of evidence
  • Capitalize on the powerful probative impact of visual aids at trial
  • Apply proven direct-examination and cross-examination techniques
  • Use pretrial, trial, and post-trial motions to gain strategic advantages
  • Draft clear, legally sound jury instructions that subtly sway judges

Included with the 2012 edition is a laminated fold-out Federal Rules of Evidence at a Glance, which is designed to be used as an easy reference during the trial.

At the heart of Trial Handbook is its unique Evidence Guide, which clearly explains the meaning, purpose, operation, and history of every rule, including how each rule applies to other cases and how leading cases construe a particular rule.

To order the book, click here or contact

Introducing PLI’s Discover PLUS!

Practising Law Institute announces the release of Discover PLUS– our new ebook library created by legal researchers to meet the needs of legal researchers.

Discover PLUS offers the following features:

  • First-rate secondary source material–Subscribers have all-inclusive 24/7 access to our library of acclaimed publications.
  • One flat, firm-wide fee–Pay a one-time, upfront, flat fee for the entire firm and avoid per-click charges and complicated statements.
  • Searchable forms–We’ve included a database of over 1,000 customizable legal forms
  • Manageable research–Organize your research using folders and saved searches
  • New look and feel–Redesigned interface for easy navigation

Interested in learning more? Check out our press release here or watch this video.

Please contact Library Relations (877-900-5291 or if you have any questions.

July 2012 Treatise Updates

In July 2012, 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 email