Lawyers Journal

May Book Briefs

Guide on understanding and managing electronic discovery The Washington Legal Foundation's latest edition of its educational book series 'A Corporate Counsel's Guide to Discovery in the Information Age' provides an overview of how electronically stored information has changed the landscape of document recovery. The book features a foreword by one of the federal judiciary's leading voices on this issue, Judge Shira A. Aheindlin of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and an introduction by electronic discovery expert Thomas Y. Allman, senior vice president and general counsel of BASF Corporation.
The book explores the types of electronically stored information that could be the target of discovery requests, an historical view of how federal rules governing discovery impact electronic documents, the need for reasonable limits on the extent of discovery and types of documents litigants can pursue, and the aspects of responding to requests for electronic documents. To order, call (202) 588-0302.
Publication reveals tips for clear, concise legal writing skills
The National Institute for Trial Advocacy has recently published 'Legal Writing: Form and Function,' written by Jane N. Richmond. The book is designed for lawyers of all levels of practice as well as for law students. Called one of the most concise and easy-to-used guides available on the subject, the book focuses on seven topics: style, persuasion, writing with flair, grammar, punctuation, the writing process and paragraph structure. The cost of the hardbound, 277-page book is $59.95. It can be ordered by calling (800) 225-6482.
ABA offers two books on franchising
With continuing reports of a struggling economy, the idea of taking a successful business and replicating it seems more intriguing than ever. But making heads or tails of the many aspects of franchising can be challenging. To help franchise lawyers, the American Bar Association has published two titles: 'Franchise Desk Book: Selected State Laws, Commentary and Annotations' and 'Fundamentals of International Franchising.'
'Franchise Desk Book,' created for franchise lawyers, contains text on all general applicable disclosure, registration and relationship statutes as well as commentary by experts in the field. The cost of this 910-page book is $175 and can be ordered by calling (800) 285-2221.
'Fundamentals of International Franchising,' written to help the reader plan and prepare for global expansion, covers key issues including: how differences in language and culture play a key role in communication, what to look for in demographics and geographic locations, the proper way to handle the varying laws and legal systems of respective countries, and practical and logistical difficulties of long-distance business dealings. The 438-page book costs $135 and can be ordered by calling (800) 285-2221.
ALI-ABA books deals with IRS 'Dealing with the IRS: Law, Forms, and Practice,' by Theodore M. David, published by the American Law Institute-American Bar Association Continuing Professional Education Committee, gives practitioners a solid understanding of the basics of tax procedure and a familiarity with the forms most often used by the Internal Revenue Service in its Examination, Collection and Criminal Divisions.
The book, which covers recent cases and contains hundreds of practice points for novice and experienced attorneys, explains the procedures of the IRS Examination, Collection and Criminal Divisions and those of the U.S. Tax Court. It also covers the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998; Taxpayer Bill of Rights issues; and new procedures, such as the separate liability election for innocent spouses and due process collection hearings. Cost of this 564-page hardcover is $139. To order, call (800) 253-6397.
'CCH Analysis of Top Tax Issues for 2002' spotlights planning opportunities To help practitioners and their clients avoid the pitfalls -- and take advantage of the opportunities -- stemming from recent developments in the field of federal taxation, CCH Incorporated, a provider of tax and business information and software, has published the 'CCH Analysis of Top Tax Issues for 2002.' The book covers tax law developments through 2001, sorts out the flow of tax events and trends in the past year into and easy-to-use guide that focuses on the most important issues affecting tax compliance and tax planning. The 239-page book costs $45 and can be ordered by calling (800) 248-3248 or visiting

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