Have you heard about PLI’s one-hour briefings? During these “bite-sized” programs, top legal practitioners explore topics ripped straight from the headlines. Many of our one-hour briefings have been transcribed and are available on Discover PLUS!
Check out the transcripts of some of our most recent briefings, available on Discover PLUS today:
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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.
April 24, 2014, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (E.D.T.)
Early stage companies (startups) are critical to economic growth. But startups face complicated legal issues because of their limited financial resources, the dynamic phase of product development, their hiring requirements, and their pursuit of investment. Put simply: startups always have legal questions and never have money; attorneys have answers, but always cost money.
With a conversation that will speak to both non-attorneys (startups) as well as attorneys, please join Charles Belle (Executive Director at the Institute for Innovation Law at UC Hastings) and attorney Ken Priore (General Counsel of Grindr) as they provide an overview of the legal issues startups face from launch to Series A funding.
Specific topics include:
- Understanding the lifecyle basics of a startup, from bootstrapped to Series A
- Critical legal needs startups need to be aware of
- When lawyers over lawyer: what startups don’t need
- When startups should be charged for services and when not
- Practical steps startups should consider in their funding options as they develop
- The impact of the new crowdfunding legislation as a funding mechanism
Mark you calendar and don’t miss this important Free Briefing!
PLI and LLAGNY have teamed up to offer free one-hour audio briefings for librarians, researchers, attorneys, and allied professionals. This spring we are offering a session on the complex legal and ethical issues surrounding data privacy and social media.
April 3, 2013, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (E.D.T.)
The use of social media in the legal industry is continually gaining momentum. But there may be ethical pitfalls with its use. This session will alert you to the ethical issues you should be aware of. Register for this free One-Hour Briefing, chaired by Janice E. Henderson, Patricia Barbone and Jill Gray, to:
- Learn the use of social media by attorneys
- Discover the rules of professional conduct in relation to activities in the use of Facebook, blogs and other forms of social media on the Internet
- Learn the ethical issues regarding pretext searching, conflicts of interest, attorney advertising issues and client confidentiality
This briefing, featuring instruction from experts in research strategy and social media, was conceived and created in cooperation with Practising Law Institute (PLI) and the Law Library Association of Greater New York (LLAGNY).
Click here to register.
Changing Jobs in the New Legal Environment: Tools, Tips and the Inside Scoop for Associates
January 12, 2012, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (E.S.T.)
We’ve all read about how the current legal environment has changed, and its impact on young lawyers. Still, there are many good opportunities for talented lawyers in a variety of practice areas and locations. In this free One-Hour Briefing, Executive Search Consultant Stephen Nelson and Career Counselor Katie White will review the state of the market and the factors that attorneys need to consider in determining whether to change firms, and the proper approaches that they should take if they make such a decision.
Topics that will be discussed:
- Good and not-so-good reasons for moving
- When is the best time to move
- What employers are looking for
- Importance of the resume and other materials
- How associates should get the process started
- Importance of career planning, business development, and networking
- Using recruiters—pro and con
- Dos and don’ts in working with recruiters
To register by phone, call PLI’s Customer Relations Department at (800) 260-4754. Be sure to mention your Priority Code: WFZ0-8LBS2
Free One-Hour Briefing
December 15, 2011, 1-2pm ET
During this One-Hour Briefing Andrea Lee Negroni, attorney and author of “What They Didn’t Teach You in Law School,” “Moving on Up: Reaching the Next Rung on the Law Firm Ladder,” and “Don’ts for Lawyers,” will identify and discuss tools and tactics to enhance job satisfaction and help associates take more control of their careers. She will focus on both time-saving ideas that can be implemented immediately and processes for longer-term goal-setting.
Join her for this important free briefing to learn what you can be doing to enhance your career.
To register by phone, call PLI’s Customer Relations Department at (800) 260-4754. Be sure to mention your Priority Code: WFZ0-8LBS2 when registering.
PLI and LLAGNY teamed up to offer a free one-hour audio briefing to librarians, researchers, attorneys, and allied professionals: Researching High Yield Offerings – Tools and Resources to Help You Keep Pace. Thank you to everyone who attended.
Researching High Yield Offerings – Tools and Resources to Help You Keep Pace is the 3rd in a series of library one-hour briefing that PLI and LLAGNY have created.
PLI and LLAGNY will continue to produce this series of Library Programs in the One-Hour Audio Briefing format. The response has been positive, both from an attendance and feedback perspective. Are you interested in speaking at a future briefing? Or do you have a specific topic you’d like to see covered? If so, please send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note this program has expired. If you are interested in current PLI Library Programs, please visit www.pli.edu/libraryaudiobriefings.