PLI Chronicle: Special AALL Edition

Dear Readers,

PLI launched the online journal the PLI Chronicle in September 2020 with a simple mission: to present engaging and timely discussions about the legal industry from a diverse range of perspectives. Chronicle editor Alyse Greer explains, “Since everyone offers value to their fellow industry associates, all legal and accounting professionals are encouraged to submit articles. The publication gives authors a platform to educate others and the freedom to write in their own voices.”

We compiled this “special edition” of the Chronicle from articles published in previous issues as a way to familiarize librarians with this new content type. The selection reflects what we identified as themes running throughout this year’s American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) conference: 1) Diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal profession; 2) The future of legal technology, education, and research; and 3) Mental health for legal practitioners.

In the articles below, you’ll find wellness tips from an attorney who overcame depression and addiction; a two-part look into the Internet of Things and open source software; musings on the role of curiosity in fostering inclusion and diversity initiatives; and more. You don’t need a subscription to read these articles. Everything published in the Chronicle is available for anyone and everyone to read. All you need is a PLI account, which is both free and easy to set up.

Our hope is that this curated edition will enhance the conference experience and perhaps even inspire some of our colleagues in law libraries to publish with us.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Fiore, J.D., M.A.
Associate Legal Editor, Publishing and PLI Plus

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 June 2021!

New Edition! Legal Guide to the Business of Marijuana

PLI Press is proud to announce the publication of the new edition of Legal Guide to the Business of Marijuana: Cannabis, Hemp and CBD Regulation (2021 Edition).

This is a unique resource for lawyers who represent clients in the fast-growing legal cannabis industry. For lawyers new to representing marijuana clients, the authors provide an understanding of the definitions of marijuana and other cannabis products, as well as a review of the policy and political issues that have led to the controversy and uncertainty of the current environment.

The book also offers critical guidance on a wide range of interrelated topics, including:

  • The complex and varying state regulation of medical and non-medical marijuana;
  • Federal law, enforcement, and preemption and their implications for employment, taxes, and banking;
  • Various aspects of establishing and managing a marijuana enterprise, including the growing, licensing, labeling, transporting, and distribution of marijuana and related products.

The new edition adds the latest on regulation of CBD products, the Final Rule for the Establishment of a Domestic Hemp Production Program, and the laws of the latest states to adopt some form of cannabis legalization—New Mexico, New York, South Dakota, and Virginia.

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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.

Click here to see what we added in May 2021!

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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