New Edition! Thinking Like a Writer: A Lawyer’s Guide to Effective Writing and Editing

PLI Press is proud to announce the publication of Thinking Like a Writer: A Lawyer’s Guide to Effective Writing and Editing (Fourth Edition).

A longtime favorite among PLI customers, this book provides practical advice to help lawyers strengthen their writing skills by “thinking like a writer” as effectively as they already think like a lawyer. It highlights guiding principles for writing clearly about complicated material and establishing credibility with demanding readers, and then turns those principles into specific techniques that apply to many types of documents and audiences.

  • Part I introduces the approach and principles that can guide lawyers in “thinking like a writer.”
  • Part II applies the guiding principles to a document’s organization.
  • Part III applies guiding principles to specific types of legal writing: letters, memoranda, and emails; briefs; and judicial opinions.
  • Part IV applies the principles to the smaller scale of paragraphs and sentences.
  • Part V applies the principles to the editing process, for both self-editing and editing the work of others.

Throughout, chapters include before-and-after examples to demonstrate how writing and editing can be improved by following the advice offered in the book.

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Treatise Update: Proskauer on Privacy

Proskauer on Privacy: A Guide to Privacy and Data Security Law in the Information Age provides essential guidance to organizations on how to develop compliance programs, ensure data privacy and security, prevent cybercrime, and avoid or minimize fines, penalties, litigation, damages, and negative publicity.

Updated content from the new release includes:

  • Chapter 3, Medical Privacy, notes proposed changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule to support individuals’ engagement in their care, remove barriers to coordinated care, and reduce regulatory burdens on the health care industry.
  • Chapter 9, Workplace Privacy, updates discussion of privacy concerns regarding COVID-19 infections; cannabis screening of employees and potential hires; use of biometrics; and recent NLRB rulings.
  • Chapter 13, Canadian Privacy Law, adds discussion of the statutory tort of invasion of privacy enacted in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Newfoundland; proposed amendments to PIPEDA under Bill C-11, which takes some lead from the GDPR; and proposed amendments to Quebec’s PIPA.
  • Chapter 17, Data Breach Litigation, incorporates summaries of recent significant data breach litigation, and expands circuit-specific discussions of the courts’ approaches to various issues including standing, causes of action, and damages.

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New Treatise! Principles of Appellate Litigation

PLI Press is proud to announce the publication of Principles of Appellate Litigation: A Guide to Modern Practice.

This treatise is an expert guide to appellate litigation as it is practiced today. It covers all aspects of appellate practice, from issue preservation at trial to Supreme Court review, helping readers to: (1) plan an approach for handling an appeal from start to finish, (2) learn specific techniques and strategies for improving their written and oral advocacy, and (3) answer common procedural and technical questions.

For generalist litigators and inexperienced appellate lawyers, this book provides an invaluable introduction to modern appellate practice. For the experienced attorney looking to take his or her skills to the next level, leading appellate advocate Mark D. Harris and a team of expert litigators offer hard-won insights into doctrine, strategy, and technique.

Written in the engaging, thoughtful, and thorough style one would expect from top appellate practitioners, the book also includes practice tips, checklists, and excerpts from actual briefs analyzing the strategic choices of the authors as well as the mechanics of their written advocacy.

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What’s New on PLI PLUS

We add content to PLI PLUS every month to ensure our subscribers have access to the most up-to-date and relevant secondary source legal documents. Renowned legal experts regularly update our acclaimed Treatises, Course Handbooks, Answer Books, Transcripts, and Forms to reflect recent changes and developments in the law.

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Treatise Update – Langer on Practical International Tax Planning

Langer on Practical International Tax Planning (Fifth Edition) provides current knowledge and expert advice attorneys need to help clients capitalize on ripe tax havens and financial centers. Stocked with case studies that illustrate sound planning approaches, this book delivers the latest word on the legal, tax, business, financial, social, political, technological, geographical, and regional factors to consider when developing and implementing customized planning strategies for clients.

Highlights from the fourth release of the Fifth Edition include:

  • Revised section on Dual Nationality explains that when a taxpayer works in the United States and another jurisdiction, it presents challenges under the Social Security system, including double taxation, incomplete coverage, or loss of continuity of coverage (see section 11:4.1).
  • Revised section on Foreign Bank Account Reporting (FBAR) Rules discusses how a “willful violation” of the FBAR reporting requirement includes both knowing and reckless violations, even though more is required to sustain a criminal conviction for a willful violation of the same requirement; in sum, “willfulness” includes “recklessness” (see section 30:2.3).
  • New section on Sale or Exchange of Partnership Interest explores regulations issued in November 2020, which (1) retain the ten-year exception as an exception to the determination of deemed sale effectively connected gain and loss; and (2) provide rules for the sourcing of deemed sales gain and loss (see section 34:3.2[E]).
  • New section on Foreign Life Insurance Companies examines the domestic asset/liability percentages and domestic investment yields needed by foreign life insurance companies and foreign property and liability insurance companies to compute their minimum effectively connected net investment income under section 842(b), for tax years beginning after December 31, 2018 (see section 43:2.1[D]).

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Treatise Update: Equipment Leasing– Leveraged Leasing

Equipment Leasing−Leveraged Leasing (Sixth Edition) provides readers with the comprehensive legal, tax, economic, accounting, environmental, and insurance information and advice they need to develop and implement leasing deals that maximize rewards and minimize risks.

The authoritative treatise was recently updated with new content to bring readers up to date on the cutting edge of the industry. Highlights from the new release (Release 1) include:

  • Chapter 29: Doing Business Under State Corporation Laws has been fully updated with the latest cases on suits by unqualified foreign corporations, the effect of subsequent qualification, defense of suits, and monetary penalties, as well as cases on doing business in interstate commerce, leasing personal property, and collecting debts.
  • New Appendix 29A provides state-by-state statutory citations on (1) the penalties imposed upon unqualified corporations that are doing business in the state and (2) the activities that may, or may not, constitute transacting intrastate business so as to require qualification.
  • New Appendix 29C includes state-by-state statutes and case law on LLCs doing business outside their state of formation, have also been updated.
  • Chapter 32: Leasing Outside the United States: Pickle, Loss Trapping, Subpart F, and Foreign Tax Credits has been updated with an extensive discussion of new concepts and statutory sections introduced by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), including: Global Intangible Low Taxed Income (GILTI), Foreign-Derived Intangible Income (FDII), the base erosion and anti-abuse tax (the “BEAT”), the section 163(j) interest expense deduction limitation, and additional provisions impacting leasing transactions.

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New Edition! Healthcare Employment Practice

PLI Press is proud to announce the publication of Healthcare Employment Practice: Policy, Law and Procedure (2021 Edition).

This clear and concise guidebook responds to the complex issues arising from the increasingly fractured and fractious hospital and healthcare environment with examples and details to save time, reduce errors and improve employee satisfaction. The text explores how the system actually operates, and suggests how lawyers, human resource professionals and hospital management teams can improve their outcomes through astute planning and careful drafting of agreements.

The 2021 edition includes:

  • Step-by-step, term-by-term guidance on physician employment contracts, with an emphasis on the problems presented by restrictive covenants, and a full sample Physician Employment Agreement
  • Labor and employment law as it affects healthcare industry employees
  • Issues presented by telemedicine
  • Stark and anti-kickback law compliance

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What’s New on PLI PLUS

We add content to PLI PLUS every month to ensure our subscribers have access to the most up-to-date and relevant secondary source legal documents. Renowned legal experts regularly update our acclaimed Treatises, Course Handbooks, Answer Books, Transcripts, and Forms to reflect recent changes and developments in the law.

Click here to see what we added in April 2021!

Recommended Reading: Gary Brown’s Article in April’s PLI Chronicle

We regularly receive research requests related to proxy voting, which is why we were excited to see an article by Gary Brown on the “Background of Proxy Requirements” in this month’s issue of PLI Chronicle: Insights and Perspectives for the Legal Community.**

The article serves as an excellent primer on proxy voting requirements for shareholders in US corporations.  Brown, a partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, regularly represents boards of directors and special committees of boards in matters involving SEC and Department of Justice investigations, activist shareholders, and strategic decisions. He is also part of PLI’s faculty and the author of several PLI Press publications including the recently published handbook Master the Proxy Statement.

**Articles published in the PLI Chronicle are available for any and everyone. Check out this month’s issue: PLI Chronicle: April 2021.