Join us for a Lunch & Learn featuring the 2013 AALL New Product of the Year, Discover PLUS, PLI’s eBook library, on Sunday, July 14th at the Sheraton, from 12:30 – 1:45 PM. Discover PLUS is your source for PLI’s authoritative Treatises, Course Handbooks, Answer Books, Legal Forms, and Program Transcripts.
We’ll review the current eBook landscape within the legal research industry, talk about trends we see in the shift from print to digital, and discuss where Discover PLUS fits into the mix.
The University of Chicago currently has access to PLI’s Discover PLUS and the D’Angelo Law Library let their patrons know about their new resource via their blog, Library News!
Do you subscribe to Discover PLUS? If so, a blog post is a great way to spread the word to your patrons. Contact the PLI Library Help Desk for images and information you can add to your blogs, intranet, subject guides, practice area pages, listservs, or any other way you’re reaching your patrons!
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 paperback edition formatted 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 2013 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.
On April 17, 2013, the Supreme Court held in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. that the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), which allows suits in federal courts for violations of international law (including international human rights law), is subject to the presumption against extraterritoriality. Chief Justice Roberts’s five-justice majority dismissed the Kiobel case, ruling that cases under the ATS must “touch and concern” the United States, and that the “mere corporate presence” of a foreign multinational was insufficient to allow the presumption to be rebutted. The Kiobel case involved allegations that Royal Dutch/Shell, a Dutch/British conglomerate, was complicit in crimes against humanity and other abuses in Nigeria in the 1990s; although the lower courts had found that Shell was sufficiently present in the U.S. to be subject to personal jurisdiction, the Supreme Court ruled that this was not enough to proceed under the ATS. Justice Kennedy’s brief concurrence, however, suggested that many questions remain open after this decision, indicating that the majority opinion may not automatically be read to extend beyond the facts presented. A concurrence by Justice Alito and Justice Thomas argued that ATS suits should only be allowed where conduct within the United States violates international law, but the majority did not go this far. A separate concurrence in the judgment by Justice Breyer, joined by Justices Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan, argued that the presumption against extraterritoriality should not apply, but that nonetheless some international law basis for jurisdiction needed to be present, and that it was lacking here. The Court declined to address the original question certified – whether corporations were subject to suit under the ATS.
Join Paul L. Hoffman, a partner at Schonbrun DeSimone Seplow Harris Hoffman & Harrison, LLP, who argued the case before the Second Circuit and the Supreme Court on behalf of the Kiobel plaintiffs, and Marco Simons, Legal Director of EarthRights International, which submitted several amicus briefs at all stages of the Kiobel case, as they discuss the case and its implications, including:
What is the status of corporate liability for ATS suits after Kiobel
What sorts of cases might meet the new “touch and concern” test, i.e., cases involving U.S. defendants, defendants residing in the U.S., substantial conduct within the U.S., or cases that would go forward in the U.S. regardless of ATS claims
What other avenues for bringing suits to remedy international human rights violations remain