Monthly Archives: July 2013

PLI Treatises Updated July 2013

In July 2013, PLI published the following Treatises and Supplements.

If you are on standing order for any of these titles, these releases have already been shipped. If you would like to place an order, please email the Library Relations Help Desk at or call 877-900-5291.


AALL 2013 Seattle: Post-Conference Wrap-Up


(Left to Right): Alexa Robertson, Director of Library Relations, Jean Wenger, AALL Immediate Past President, Andrew Pantoja, Associate Publisher


  • Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth at the AALL Conference in Seattle. We were there to provide you with information on PLI’s eBook library, Discover PLUS, which provides online access to PLI’s Course Handbooks, Treatises, Answer Books, Legal Forms and Program Transcripts.
  • Discover PLUS was named the 2013 New Product of the Year at this year’s annual meeting!  The picture (above) shows Alexa Robertson, Director of Library Relations and Andrew Pantoja, Associate Publisher, accepting the award at the Awards Ceremony July 13, 2013.
  • We had a great turnout at the PLI Lunch & Learn on July 14, 2013 at the Sheraton Seattle.  Alexa Robertson delivered a presentation on eBooks, how Discover PLUS came to be and continues to evolve, and how we won the AALL New Product of the Year award with your help.
  • The lucky sweepstakes winner of our Discover PLUS branded REI Kayak and Paddle was Ruck DeMinico of Merlin Law Group.  Ruck currently lives in Florida where he manages all aspects of Merlin Law Group’s Document Management System, library and the informational operations of the firm. Congratulations and enjoy, Ruck!
  • There were more than 1475 attendees at the 106th American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Meeting & Conference.  We enjoyed meeting many of you at our booth, and hope that you had an opportunity to see our award-winning platform, Discover PLUS.  See you next year in San Antonio, Texas!



What’s New on Discover PLUS?

Whats new on PLUSBeing a PLUS subscriber means you have the benefit of instantly receiving our new content.  PLI is excited to announce that we’ve added 400 additional legal forms to Discover PLUS so you now have nearly 2,000 forms at your fingertips.

Based on the feedback we received, our customers need fast, up-to-date access to legal forms.  You can search, download, customize, email, and print forms from 24 practice areas.  PLI is committed to delivering critical and competitive value to our Discover PLUS customers, and as such, we will continue to add forms to Discover PLUS on a quarterly basis.

Stay tuned for upcoming updates!

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Law Librarian Blogs about Discover PLUS


Joe Hodnicki of Law Librarian Blog and County Law Library Director of the Butler County Law Library reviewed PLI’s Discover PLUS and gave his feedback on our award-winning eBook library.  Check out his 7/22/13 recommendation in “Discovering Discover PLUS.”  Thank you, Joe!  We appreciate your comments!

Questions? Contact the PLI Library Relations Help Desk at or 877.900.5291.

PLI Course Handbooks Published in June 2013

Listed below are the PLI Course Handbooks that were published in June 2013

Corporate Law and Practice

Intellectual Property

Litigation and Administrative Practice

Tax Law and Estate Planning


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

Delaware Environmental Law Blog Reviews EPA Compliance and Enforcement Answer Book 2013

EPA Compliance AB 2013EPA Compliance and Enforcement Answer Book 2013, PLI’s new Answer Book, has been getting rave reviews!  Check out the latest review from Delaware Environmental Law Blog here and below.  If you have any questions or would like to order the book, please email the PLI Library Relations Department or call 877-900-5291.

Book Review: PLI’s New “EPA Compliance and Enforcement Answer Book 2013” is Worth the Price

By: Stephanie L. Hansen July 26, 2013

Adam Sowatzka & Richard E. Glaze, Jr. 2013.  EPA Compliance and Enforcement Answer Book 2013I.  Practising Law Institute: New York.  330 pages.  $255.00 from publisher; $232.75 from

Practicing Law Institute (“PLI”) has a new publication out that addresses EPA and, to the extent similar, State enforcement of environmental laws. To be frank with you, I don’t have any handbooks like this on my shelf and I wasn’t so sure one might be helpful. Before heading off to law school, I worked for the state environmental regulatory agency for eight years as a scientist and regulator, and I have a pretty good idea how enforcement actions are approached by the state. I also know that EPA enforcement is a different animal, but there are similarities.

So, I was surprised at how useful this book really is. It’s a practical book that I found I could begin using immediately. It isn’t a textbook, so if you want anything more than a very brief overview of the major environmental laws, look elsewhere. However, in order to concentrate the enforcement action information and keep the book as practical and useful, more background information on the major environmental laws would have been a distraction.

There are a couple of sleeper chapters on compliance monitoring and reporting and an overview of major federal environmental laws, and a couple of chapters with narrow subject matter that you may not come across in your practice (citizen suits, and imminent and substantial endangerment authority). But the bulk of the book is a behind-the-scenes look at how EPA approaches different kinds of enforcement actions (administrative, civil, and criminal), the interaction between state regulators and EPA, how penalties are calculated, and practical advice on regulatory inspections. Good stuff.

If, in your environmental practice, you have any interaction at all with EPA, then this is a book you need to have – not just in your office, but somewhere you can easily reach. It’s written in a question and answer format so that it’s an easy read, and importantly, it comes with a lot of tables and footnotes citing the myriad of EPA regulations, guidance documents, and important case law at the end of each chapter. I have already printed out three documents from the footnotes that have immediate, practical use in my practice. I can see how the table on EPA penalty amounts under the various federal programs, adjusted through time, will be a great resource as well as the table listing the EPA penalty policy documents under various programs. Also helpful is the table with links to EPA memoranda on supplemental environmental projects and a good discussion on bankruptcy and its effect on enforcement actions. I also like the way the book breaks down the subject matter of each chapter into discussions under CERCLA, RCRA, CAA, CWA, etc., and how it gets into the details and practicalities of enforcement actions (all kinds) under each of the major federal environmental laws.

EPA regulators are different than state regulators. Although they often share enforcement authority with the state regulators and the processes they use to come to conclusions may be similar to those employed by state regulators, they have different priorities and dealing with them requires a different mindset on your part. This book will help you understand the terrain and, importantly, will point you to additional reference material if you need to go deeper (which you undoubtedly will).

PLI Treatises and Answer Books Updated June 2013

In June 2013, PLI published the following Treatises, Supplements and Answer Books.

If you are on standing order for any of these titles, these releases have already been shipped. If you would like to place an order, please email the Library Relations Help Desk or call 877-900-5291.


PLI’s Course Handbook Series Subscription

Do you want to receive the most current, time-saving, critical information in your practice area?  The Practising Law Institute is pleased to announce that our 2013-2014 Course Handbooks Series Subscription season is now underway.  Subscribers will save up to 75% off the retail price, and automatically receive each new title published in their practice area over the 12-month series period.

2013-2014 CHBS flyer

If you would like to subscribe to a course handbook series, please contact the PLI Library Help Desk at or call 877-900-5291.