Monthly Archives: February 2015

AALS 2015

PLI was pleased to exhibit at the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Annual Meeting.  This year’s meeting was in Washington, DC, where attendees and exhibitors alike enjoyed weather that was downright balmy compared to the blizzard that raged during the conference last year.  Many thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth! We really enjoyed meeting everyone and hearing about your experiences with PLI and PLI Discover PLUS.

We raffled a Brookstone Pocket Projector and I’m pleased to announce that Professor Norman Garland of Southwestern Law School was the lucky winner.  Congratulations, Professor Garland!  We hope you find the mobile projector a welcome addition to your teaching tool bag.

Read on to learn more about Professor Garland, his thoughts on PLI and on the AALS Annual Meeting, and how he plans on using the pocket projector he won in the raffle:

Describe your role at Southwestern Law School.  What do you teach?

I am a professor.  I teach evidence, constitutional criminal procedure and sometimes trial advocacy and advanced criminal procedure (bail to jail).  I am an avid user of technology in the classroom and out.  One of my latest activities is to teach evidence as a blended (or hybrid) course, meaning partially on-line and based on flipping the classroom.  I have done that 4 times and now am in the process of developing a similar class for constitutional criminal procedure.

What are your plans for the pocket projector?

All of our classrooms are equipped with the latest technological equipment, but I look forward to using the projector for travel, at meetings and conferences, and perhaps in tighter rooms in the law school.  Other than that, personal use might include projecting films and such when travelling, especially in hotel rooms.

What did you think of this year’s AALS meeting?  Please share one takeaway from the conference.

As usual, I did enjoy the AALS meeting this year.  I love DC.  I lived in DC for four years back in the day (1964-68).  I have been attending AALS meetings since 1968 (having missed only a year or two here and there).  This is the first time I have won anything from any of the booths, so that is a major highlight.  Also, I was sitting in the hallway waiting for a friend after a session and Justice Scalia walked by.  I did not recognize him quickly enough to greet him before he ambled by and, by then, his security team surrounded him so I would have not been able to approach him anyway.  Unfortunately, I did not attend the session he was participating in, but I heard he was quite entertaining as usual.


The Library Ledger, February 2015, Vol 3. Issue 1

Our latest edition of the Library Ledger is now available on the blog! Read up on PLI Discover PLUS news with this most current edition which provides you with updates on the new titles on Discover PLUS; utilizing your ‘Viewing History’ on Discover PLUS; search tips on locating archived titles; and a letter from PLI’s Library Relations Manager Katie Hut. Read all of our newsletters on the Library Ledger page.

New Treatise! Technology Transactions: A Practical Guide to Drafting and Negotiating Commercial Agreements

Technology Treatise Practising Law Institute (PLI) has announced the release of their newest Treatise title, TechnologyTransactions: A Practical Guide to Drafting and Negotiating Commercial Agreements.

In a world that is increasingly focused on technological innovation, Technology Transactions: A Practical Guide to Drafting and Negotiating Commercial Agreements provides the reader with the tools necessary to draft, review and negotiate technology transaction agreements with the confidence that he or she is properly addressing the most important issues.

This comprehensive title walks the reader through the major legal considerations that surround any technology transaction, including knowledge of the:

  • Intellectual property basics
  • Regulatory framework of the Internet and domain name system
  • Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Technology Transactions also provides a complete discussion of the many privacy considerations that must be kept in mind in an agreement to leverage any emerging technology. Considerations under the following statutes are discussed:

  • The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act
  • The Childrens Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA) as well as the many protections that are afforded to international data transfers

The first eight chapters of Technology Transactions discuss specific types of commercial agreements often used in technology transactions, including:

  • Software license agreements
  • Software development agreements
  • Reseller agreements
  • Cloud computing agreements
  • Domain name transactions
  • Technology licensing and IP-centric joint ventures
  • Technology escrow agreements
  • Non-disclosure agreements

Technology Transactions provides practical examples, including nine form agreements, as well as practice tips on how to avoid common and uncommon legal traps for the unwary.

If you’d like to order Technology Transactions: A Practical Guide to Drafting and Negotiating Commercial Agreements, please email the PLI Library Help Desk or call 877-900-5291.

PLI Course Handbooks Published in January 2015

Listed below are the PLI Course Handbooks published in January 2015:

Communications/Telecommunications Law:

Corporate and Securities:


Intellectual Property:


Pro Bono:

Professional Skills:

Real Estate: