• Federal Bail and Detention Handbook 2014

    Date: 2014.03.21 | Category: New Title!, PLI, PLI Publications, Treatise | Response: 0

    Federal Bail 2014The savings in time alone, as you try to prepare for an initial or detention hearing, makes the Handbook a bargain.
    —Defense Magazine

    The Federal Bail and Detention Handbook 2014 is now available.  This soft cover treatise has been published to help readers find answers in a hurry and its size makes it convenient to be carried to and from the courtroom.

    The Bail Reform Act of 1984 and its legislative history are lengthy and complex. Yet all federal court participants–lawyers, judges, and others–are required to understand the Act thoroughly and apply it swiftly and effectively, often under the pressure of a detention hearing.

    Authored by the Honorable John L. Weinberg, this title provides the busy practicing lawyer or judge with a quick and clear reference to the Act and all of the relevant statutory language, legislative history and appellate case law.

    Judge Weinberg has included “Practice Pointers”, which are designed to provide defense counsel and Assistant U.S. Attorneys with strategic suggestions for dealing with the Act.  The Handbook’s Table of Cases lists every federal appellate decision of significant precedential value that interprets or applies the Act.

    The paperback format of this 2014 edition has been tailored to help readers find answers in a hurry. Its size permits it to be carried conveniently to and from the courtroom.

    The book is $185.00 per copy, not including shipping charges of $7.50 per title, per consignee location.  There is a discount rate of 20% for 3 or more copies and of 33% for 100 or more copies.  To order a copy, contact the PLI Library Relations Help Desk or call 877-900-5291.

  • New Release for International Corporate Practice Published in February 2014

    Date: 2014.03.20 | Category: PLI Publications, Treatise, Treatise Supplements | Response: 0

    International Corporate PracticeIn February 2014, PLI pulished International Corporate Practice Release # 8.

    If you are on standing order for this title or have a Standing Order Plan with PLI, this release has already been shipped to you. If you would like to place an order, please email PLI Library Relations or call 877-900-5291


    Date: 2014.03.17 | Category: Book Reviews, PLI Publications, Treatise | Response: 0

    fashionFashion Law and Business, PLI’s new Treatise, has been getting rave reviews!  Check out the latest review from AALL 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: Fashion Law and Business: Brands & Retailers

    BY: Andreea Alexander | February 14, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Lois F. Herzeca & Howard S. Hogan.  2013. Fashion Law and Business: Brands and Retailers.  Practising Law Institute: New York.  847 pages.  $185 from publisher; $145.48 from Amazon.com

    While the subject hasn’t yet garnered the broad name recognition of practice areas like sports law and entertainment law, those familiar with the actual study and practice of fashion law understand that it’s about more than whether you should match your shoes to your belt (or even the Louboutin red soles case).   Fashion law encompasses a broad range of issues such as corporate law, international trade, labor and employment, real estate, and of course intellectual property.  And now, with Fashion Law and Business: Brands & Retailers, Lois F. Herzeca and Howard S. Hogan take fashion law a little further into the mainstream legal world.

    If your library purchases only one book on fashion law, this should be it.  Now, admittedly, there are only a handful of books explicitly dedicated to fashion law currently in print, so the options are fairly limited.  But in my opinion, this book is by far the most helpful for students and practitioners alike.  As one might deduce from the publisher, the Practising Law Institute, this text is targeted more toward practitioners, and was in fact written by two attorneys who Co-Chair their firm’s Fashion, Retail and Consumer Products Practice Group.   The authors explain in the introduction, “[T]his book is structured on the presumption that fashion law can be best examined in the context of an understanding of the business and operations of the fashion industry.”  This is not a casebook, and it’s not written to be a textbook (although it would be helpful in a fashion law course).  It is the most comprehensive guide to fashion law that has been published so far, with 847 pages (more than twice the pages of the next longest text on fashion law), and accurately captures both the large and small issues of the subject.

    Other in-depth examinations of fashion law feature chapters written by different scholars and practitioners on various topics; this leads to some redundancy as similar ideas are reiterated in different contexts.  Fashion Law and Business benefits from a unified tone thanks to the treatment of each topic by the same two authors.  The finding aids are excellent, including a detailed table of contents, a 36-page index, and a table of authorities allowing the reader to focus on specific cases or statutes.  Cases are not reprinted but are discussed in some detail, and the authors wisely chose to incorporate not only overtly fashion law-oriented cases but also cases that do not involve fashion but are critical to understanding a given topic in fashion law; for example, the grey market is a major issue in fashion law, but a basic understanding of the grey market would be incomplete without John Wiley & Sons v. KirtsaengFashion Law and Business includes an explanation of that case alongside more clearly fashion-oriented cases like Abercrombie & Fitch v. Fashion Shops of Kentucky.

    If I have one quibble with Fashion Law and Business, it’s that references are grouped at the end of each chapter as endnotes, instead of in footnotes on the relevant pages; flipping back and forth is a little bit bothersome for someone accustomed to the reference style of law reviews and journals.  But this is a minor issue, and the benefits of this text far outweigh that small irritation.  It’s also a comparatively good bargain—other fashion law texts are published in paperback and cost upwards of $80; at about $145 (prices via Amazon.com), this hardcover text delivers more content and promises to be more physically resilient.

    I’ve followed the recent publication of fashion law books with great interest, and this is the first one I felt I could unreservedly recommend for the libraries of both law schools and law firms.  It is thorough, well-written, and may help your library’s patrons see that “fashion law” means something more than “leggings aren’t pants!”
    Andrea Alexander is a reference librarian and assistant professor at Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law’s Taggart Law Library.  She never wears leggings as pants.

  • UC Hastings Blogs about PLI Discover PLUS!

    Date: 2014.02.27 | Category: PLI | Response: 0

    UC Hastings recently listed PLI Discover PLUS as a new database on their blog Hastings Law Library News.  The UC Hastings Law Library blog keeps students updated on latest news and resources that they library (or university) has to offer.

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    We’re happy to report that UC Hastings is a new PLI Discover PLUS subscriber.

    Are you a law school interested in a PLUS subscription? If so, email or call (877-900-5291) us today!

  • The Library Ledger

    Date: 2014.02.26 | Category: EBooks, Just for librarians, PLI, PLI Discover PLUS (our upgraded eBook library), PLI Publications | Response: 0

    thelibraryledgerlogoThe Library Relations team has created a page specifically for our newsletter, the Library Ledger.  This page allows you to access the current and also previous editions of the Library Ledger.  So you can keep up to date about the latest news on PLI Discover PLUS’s content, recent enhancements, search tips, research help, and important announcements!

  • PLI Course Handbooks Published in January 2014

    Date: 2014.02.26 | Category: Course Handbooks, PLI Publications | Response: 0

    Listed below are the PLI Course Handbooks published in January 2014:

    Commercial Law and Practice

    Corporate Law and Practice

    Intellectual Property Law

    Litigation and Administrative Practice

    Real Estate Law and Practice

    Tax Law and Estate Planning

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

  • Our Free Library One-Hour Briefing on Changing from Two to One Legal Database Vendor is Now Available On-Demand!

    Date: 2014.02.24 | Category: Just for librarians, Law Libraries, Programs (free) | Response: 0

    35336PLI and LLAGNY have teamed up to offer free one-hour audio briefings for librarians, researchers, attorneys, and allied professionals. Last month we offered a session on moving from two legal database vendors to one, which is now available on-demand!

    Our new economic world continually requires cost savings as a constant standard. Law Firms, Legal Departments and Government Libraries have subscribed to multiple major legal vendors since the 1980s. But currently, there are questions as to whether this should remain the standard. Can legal research be effectively performed with only one database? If a choice has to be made, how will that affect the efficacy of legal research?

    Lecture Topics:

    • Responding to the new normal: How many legal databases can/should we provide?
    • Learn what steps should be taken in making the decision to select one vendor.
    • Review your usage and content to maximize the offerings in your contract.
    • What issues may you face after the decision has been made to go to one vendor?

    The program faculty members are: Nancy Hancock of CURRENT ISSUES: A Library Service; Susan van Beek-McKenna of Budd Larner, P.C.; and Tanya Whorton of Crowell & Moring, LLP.

    This briefing, featuring instruction from experts in library management, was conceived and created in cooperation with the Law Library Association of Greater New York (LLAGNY) and Practising Law Institute (PLI). This briefing is chaired by Janice E. Henderson, Patricia Barbone and Jill Gray.

    Click here to listen to the on-demand program.

  • Now you can access PLI Discover PLUS with a Search Widget

    Date: 2014.02.21 | Category: EBooks, Law Libraries, PLI, PLI Discover PLUS (our upgraded eBook library) | Response: 0

    The library team at PLI is happy to announce the addition of the Discover PLUS search box. This search widget can be embedded into any page you choose whether it’s your library’s intranet page or standard webpage. It’s our mission to deliver you the most up-to-date valuable information in the most efficient way possible. This new search box will allow your organization and patrons a direct line to over 4,000 segments of legal research. This simple and easy search box allows you to enter a search query without having to open a new window with our designated web address.

    Interested in adding this to your webpage? Write us at discoverplus@pli.edu and we’ll send you the code.
    Or you can test drive the search from our blog.

  • Georgetown University Blogs about PLI Discover PLUS!

    Date: 2014.02.20 | Category: Law Libraries, PLI Discover PLUS (our upgraded eBook library) | Response: 0

    Discover PLUS was recently featured on Georgetown Law School’s Due Process blog, which keeps students updated about new resources and technology that the Edward Bennett Williams Law Library has to offer.


    We’re happy to report that Georgetown is a new Discover PLUS subscriber.

    Are you a law school interested in a PLUS subscription? If so, email or call (877-900-5291) us today!

  • Interview with our AALS 2014 Answer Book Raffle Winner, Professor Bill MacDonald

    Date: 2014.02.10 | Category: Answer Book, PLI Publications | Response: 0

    On Monday, January 7, 2014, Practising Law Institute announced our lucky AALS 2014 Answer Book raffle winner, Professor Bill MacDonald of Whittier Law School. Read on to learn more about Professor MacDonald, his thoughts on PLI and on the AALS Annual Meeting, and how he plans on using the eighteen PLI Answer Books he won in the raffle.

    Describe your role at Whittier Law School

    I am Director of Academic Support.  I work mostly with our first- and second-year law students to help them develop facility and confidence in the skills they need to perform well in their classes here.  I teach workshops and classes and I meet with students one-on-one to address specific concerns.  What I love about this job is the fact that so many students at so many stages of their development as lawyers recognize the value of taking a “big picture” view of their experiences here at Whittier Law, and come to my office seeking guidance and resources not just to help them understand the substantive law, but also to help them develop as learners and students.

    Do you use PLI publications? If so, which ones? What do you use them for?

    When I was a tax practitioner, I used PLI books on tax planning by Louis Freeman and accessed some of PLI’s online webcasts and learning content.  I thought these were great resources.

    What are your plans for the Answer Books?

    This is my first year as Director of Academic Support, and while we have quite a few PLI books in our main law library, one of my goals is to enhance the holdings of our Academic Support Program library, which many students turn to, on their own or in consultation with me, to help them get a better handle on what they are studying.  Your Answer Books are a perfect fit and I am delighted to be able to share them with my students.

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

    I thought this year’s AALS meeting was quite worthwhile – stimulating, informative, and enjoyable.  My biggest takeaway was that student services, law school administration, and substantive professors seem to be increasingly interested in working together to enhance law students’ experiences and opportunities from every angle – something that was very gratifying to observe, since that is the stance I’ve taken since arriving at Whittier Law, and it is one to which my colleagues here seem equally committed.

    And finally, how did the snow storm affect your travel plans?

    Fortunately, I traveled to NY by train from DC, and suffered no ill effects from the storm.  In fact, as a native New Englander now living in Southern California, I considered it a blessing that I got to see a few inches of snow before I was forced to return to the endless summer of Surf City.






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