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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.

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

PLI Librarian Advisory Breakfast at AALL 2014

breakfast meetingPLI cordially invites you to our Librarian Advisory Breakfast at the AALL 2014 Annual Meeting and Conference.

We’re currently developing a taxonomy with the aim of making our content even easier to find and discover online and we’ll showcase our prototype over breakfast. During the breakfast, we’ll also demonstrate the exciting future enhancements that are currently planned for Practising Law Institute’s Discover PLUS, our eBook library containing our authoritative Treatises, Answer Books, Course Handbooks, Program Transcripts, and Legal Forms.

Breakfast will take place bright and early on Monday, July 14th  from 7:30 – 8:30 AM at the Marriott Riverwalk.  Don’t worry–we’ll have plenty of coffee!

Please email us to RSVP and we’ll include location details in your confirmation.

Interview with our AALL 2013 Kayak & Paddle Sweepstakes Winner: Ruck DeMinico

On Monday July 15th 2013 at the 106th American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Meeting & Conference, Practising Law Institute announced its lucky sweepstakes winner, Ruck DeMinico of Merlin Law Group.

Tell us a little about yourself, your work, and what a typical day looks like for you:

I started off my legal career as a trial attorney and litigated for the first dozen years, trying a couple hundred jury trials. I had always been interested in librarianship and decided to go back to get my degree and work at what I really enjoyed. I don’t know that there is a typical day – unless controlled chaos can be considered typical. Being a sole librarian for a firm with offices on both coasts and in seven states, research questions can come in on any jurisdiction and, as in any private firm, they are all considered rush/priority by the sender and can come at any time of the day or night. I also handle the traditional library functions, vendor relations, DMS/KM, edit and maintain the firm blogs, create handout materials and PowerPoints for presentations by firm attorneys at seminars, and along with the Managing Attorney and COO am a member of the firm’s Management team.

Have you kayaked before? Where will you take your Discover PLUS branded Kayak:

I have, in the Miami/Everglades area. I love canoeing and spend as much free time as I can on the rivers here in Florida. I’m looking forward to exploring the mangroves around Tampa Bay with the kayak and may take fishing back up now that I can maneuver in the mangroves.

What do you like most about your job as Knowledge Manager of Merlin Law Group:

The constant change in what I’m doing. Every day is different, with new challenges.

As an attorney and law librarian, what do you think are the most challenging issues/trends shaping the legal industry today?:

I would say ESI/e-discovery, especially for smaller cases that may still have large amounts of electronic data to provide – where the use of vendors may be cost prohibitive.

Are you familiar with Discover PLUS, PLI’s eBook library?  Did you receive a demo at PLI’s booth at the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Conference in Seattle:

I did see the demo at AALL.  I like the ‘all-inclusive’ business model, rather than having to choose which individual books to purchase or subscribe to.


Discover PLUS provides complete online access to PLI’s Course Handbooks, Treatises, Answer Books, Legal Forms and Program Transcripts.

AALL 2013 Seattle: Post-Conference Wrap-Up


(Left to Right): Alexa Robertson, Director of Library Relations, Jean Wenger, AALL Immediate Past President, Andrew Pantoja, Associate Publisher


  • Thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth at the AALL Conference in Seattle. We were there to provide you with information on PLI’s eBook library, Discover PLUS, which provides online access to PLI’s Course Handbooks, Treatises, Answer Books, Legal Forms and Program Transcripts.
  • Discover PLUS was named the 2013 New Product of the Year at this year’s annual meeting!  The picture (above) shows Alexa Robertson, Director of Library Relations and Andrew Pantoja, Associate Publisher, accepting the award at the Awards Ceremony July 13, 2013.
  • We had a great turnout at the PLI Lunch & Learn on July 14, 2013 at the Sheraton Seattle.  Alexa Robertson delivered a presentation on eBooks, how Discover PLUS came to be and continues to evolve, and how we won the AALL New Product of the Year award with your help.
  • The lucky sweepstakes winner of our Discover PLUS branded REI Kayak and Paddle was Ruck DeMinico of Merlin Law Group.  Ruck currently lives in Florida where he manages all aspects of Merlin Law Group’s Document Management System, library and the informational operations of the firm. Congratulations and enjoy, Ruck!
  • There were more than 1475 attendees at the 106th American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Meeting & Conference.  We enjoyed meeting many of you at our booth, and hope that you had an opportunity to see our award-winning platform, Discover PLUS.  See you next year in San Antonio, Texas!



AALL Seattle: PLI in Booth #116

In just a couple of weeks, the Library Relations Team at Practising Law Institute will be in Seattle for The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Annual Meeting (July 13-16).  This year, we are proud to be the recipient of AALL’s 2013 New Product of the Year Award for PLI’s eBook library, Discover PLUS.

We know everyone’s conference schedules get booked fast with all the interesting sessions and networking events going on, but we look forward to meeting you!

We’re exhibiting at booth #116 where we will be raffling off a Discover PLUS REI Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 Kayak and Paddle. Sign up at our booth or online for a chance to win! And come join us for a “Lunch & Learn” on Sunday, July 14th. Our Director of Library Relations, Alexa Robertson, will demo Discover PLUS and lunch is on us! Please RSVP to libraryrelations@pli.edu and we’ll send you the location and more information.

See you in Seattle!

Up A Legal Creek Without A Paddle?


Sweepstakes ends on, and entries must be received by Monday, July 15th, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. PDT and the winner will be announced on Monday, July 15th, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. PDT.

Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. states and Washington, D.C., age 21 and older. Odds of winning depend on the total number of entries received. Prize is one (1) REI Kayak and Paddle, plus shipping, handling and applicable federal taxes (RTV $1,090). Sponsored by Practising Law Institute, 810 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019. Subject to Official Rules and Regulations.

For additional information, or questions, please contact PLI Library Relations at
libraryrelations@pli.edu or (877) 900-5291.


Join PLI for a Lunch & Learn at the AALL Annual Meeting

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For additional information or questions, please contact PLI Library Help Desk at
libraryrelations@pli.edu or (877) 900-5291.