Monthly Archives: April 2015

The NFL Draft and Sports Entertainment Law

quarterback-558046_1280With the 2015 NFL Draft just hours away and the top NCAA football players anxiously awaiting their fate, what better way to ‘kickoff’ (pun intended) the festivities then a refresher on  sports entertainment law. A quick search on PLI Discover PLUS gives us these results:

Athletes’ Publicity Rights: A New Enforcement Paradigm

Contradictions Re Athletes’ Rights of Publicity: A Tale of Two Cases

Licensing Rights of Publicity for Athletes and Leagues

Sports Law: The Use of Athletes‘ Images – The Right of Publicity in a Sports Context

Transforming the Judicial Tests for Balancing Publicity Rights and the First Amendment: Protecting the Rights of Amateur Athletes

For more information, email PLI Library Help Desk or call 877-900-5291.


The 2015 Am Law 100

Earlier this week, The American Lawyer, released their annual ranking of the top 100 law firms.  The big news:  with a 14% increase in revenue, Latham & Watkins LLP become the 4th firm ever, in the thirty year history of the Am Law 100, to reach the top of the Am Law’s gross revenue rankings.   However, Latham & Watkins LLP wasn’t the only firm to experience sizable growth in 2014; taken as a whole, the Am Law 100 grew 4.6% in gross revenue from last year.

View the slideshow below to get the full visual breakdown of the 2015 Am Law 100.

The 2015 Am Law 100 Slideshow: By the Numbers


Don’t forget to check back here on Friday for our Law Day promotion!

And the 2015 Webby Award for Best Law Website goes to…. Built & Run by Libraries

The 2015 winner of the Webby Award for best law website goes to Harvard Law School Library – Innovation Lab for the beta site

According to a study by Harvard Law, approximately 70% of all citation links published in law journals from 1999 to 2011 are now defunct. plans to prevent all future broken links in legal citation through’s three step approach: create, vest, archive.

Create: A user enters a URL creating a Perma Link associated with a temporary archive.

Vest:  A Vesting User, someone affiliated with one or more Vesting Organizations such as law journals or courts, reviews and approves the Perma Link making the archive permanent.

Archive: An archive type is chosen (Live Page View, Screen Capture View, Archived Page View.

Visit to learn more! is powered by libraries because we’re in the forever business. We’re already looking after printed materials. It’s time we did the same for links.”


Happy Earth Day!

 Did you know Discover PLUS has more than 200 documents pertaining to Environmental Law? 

Course Handbooks: More than 160 chapters

Answer Books: More than 25 chapters

Transcripts: 27 segments

Forms: 9



Also, don’t miss the next live seminar of Environmental Regulation 2015: Hot Topics, Regulatory Developments, and Practical Guidance for Corporate Compliance on June 12, 2015 in New York, NY.

Join your fellow colleagues and our expert faculty for an insightful look into the current environmental law landscape and for many helpful takeaways to support your practice.

The 2015 program will cover the following issues among other topics:

  • Recent changes in air and climate regulation with practical suggestions for compliance and annual Title V certifications
  • Examination of new and proposed air and climate change regulatory standards for existing sources
  • International environmental regulation issues including chemical regulation, waste disposal and transboundary pollution
  • Clean Water Act issues, New NEPA guidance and EIS analysis issues
  • Hazardous waste sites and toxic tort issues and recent CERCLA case law
  • Environmental due diligence and negotiating real estate and corporate deals
  • Legal ethics in the environmental context

For more information, email PLI Library Help Desk or call 877-900-5291.

Free One-Hour Briefing on Accessing Justice: Ethics and Lawsuit Financing in a New Era

The expense of bringing a case to trial for attorneys, firms, and the parties themselves can be astronomical. How often in your practice do you reject cases because neither your firm nor the client will be able to shoulder the costs of litigation, particularly in cases that will be complicated or protracted? Have you found yourself at the receiving end of a scorched-earth defense strategy that has swallowed up firm resources and profits? Have your clients struggled to meet operating expenses while waiting for their day in court? What options do litigators without deep pockets have to properly prepare and bring cases to trial and appeal?

The use of alternative litigation finance (“ALF”) has engendered spirited debate within the legal community, largely centered upon its impact on attorney ethics requirements. Does a third party’s investment impact an attorney’s duty to use independent professional judgment? Can it cause impermissible conflicts of interest? Does it potentially threaten sacred attorney-client and work product privileges?

In this engaging and informative program, James Batson, an attorney with over 20 years of litigation expertise and an Investment Manager and Legal Counsel to Bentham IMF, will introduce the use of litigation funding as a modern means to ensure meritorious cases get the commitment of resources they deserve. In addition to introducing the basics of alternative litigation finance, Jim will address numerous Rules of Professional Responsibility and how they intersect with litigation funding.

A detailed appendix will be provided containing the ethics opinions and additional contents discussed during the program.

Register now and don’t miss this important free briefing!


PLI Free Fridays

Each Friday, PLI offers everyone one week of free access to one web segment or One-Hour Audio Briefing from its catalog of more than 3,500 hours of on-demand offerings. These Free Friday segments are good for one full hour of CLE credit, and can be passed along to clients, colleagues, or anyone in need of training.

As a reminder, PLI Privileged Members have access to all of PLI’s live programs, Webcasts, and on-demand programs.

Build Your Own Library in Discover PLUS with ‘My Bookshelf’!

Watch the above video tutorial to learn how to build your own library in Discover PLUS !

Create customized ‘bookshelves’, save documents to shelves, and email and print citations and links to documents on a shelf.

NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK 2015 Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library, Unlimited Possibilities @ PLI

Training: The Most Effective Communication Activity for Law Librarians

Earlier this year, the American Association of Law Libraries published a report on The Economic Value of Law Libraries .  The report emphasized the need for law librarians to communicate their libraries’ worth to their organizations and outlined best practices and strategies for doing so.

Electronic databases were ranked as the number one valued library service and training topped the list as the most effective communication activity across all respondents including users, library directors and stakeholders.

PLI Library Relations offers free in person and WebEx training sessions to our library customers.   Our training sessions showcase PLI Discover PLUS,  PLI’s electronic database of treatises, answer books, course handbooks, downloadable forms and program transcripts of PLI’s nationally acclaimed seminars.

To schedule a training, email or call 877-900-5291.

For additional training check out our Discover PLUS Training Center right here on this blog!


Happy National Library Week & National Library Workers Day from the PLI Library Relations Team!




Back Row Andrew Lissenden, Christina Davis, Olivene White, Stephanie Sica, Jennifer Stefanic, Zehava Brickner, Katie Hut

Front Row Allison Grillo, Lauren Rodriguez, Elizabeth Beller, Cory Goetze, Alexandra Stoilas, Alexa Robertson

Photo taken by Cia de Lawrence


Celebrate National Library Week with PLI

Happy National Library Week!  

Unlimited Possibilities @ your library, Unlimited Possibilities @ PLI Discover PLUS


In celebration of National Library Week, Practising Law Institute is offering a 20% discount on all Treatises and Answer Books from April 12 – April 18.

The Library Relations team would also like to encourage you to access our online publications through a subscription to PLI Discover PLUS.  A subscription to PLUS gives you access our Course Handbooks, Treatises and Answer Books. You can also search for PLI Forms to provide legal templates for your day-to-day tasks, and transcripts to many of our PLI programs and seminars.



From the Library Relations team at PLI, enjoy the
recognition you and your library deserve!