MCC Interactive - Digging Deeper With Westlaw

Wednesday, November 1, 2006 - 00:00

Craig Miller,
Thomson West

The November issue of Metropolitan Corporate Counsel features our annual Special Report on Civil Justice Reform, which provides an in-depth look at the efforts some law firms, legal service providers and organizations are making to improve the civil justice system. This issue also features articles and interviews focusing on various aspects of employment law and international trade. Craig Miller, vice president and general manager, Corporate Division, Thomson West, recommends that current Westlaw subscribers dig deeper into these issues through direct links to Westlaw from Metropolitan Corporate Counsel's Web site, www.metrocorpcounsel.com.

The Special Report on Civil Justice Reform examines many of the issues on the agenda of the December Membership Meeting and Conference of the Lawyers for Civil Justice (LCJ), a national organization supported by corporations and the defense bar seeking fairness and improvement in the civil justice system. Interviews with the leaders of LCJ beginning on the cover of the Special Report on page 41 detail the ways in which the LCJ has addressed topics that will be covered at this year's Membership Meeting and Conference.

Among the organization's long-term goals is streamlining the discovery process. To assist in-house and corporate counsel in this incredibly complex endeavor - and help CEOs and COOs make informed policy decisions - Westlaw offers eDiscovery & Digital Evidence, a comprehensive guide to electronic discovery, electronic filing and handling digital evidence. This database provides many practical forms, pertinent Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (including proposed changes) and guidance on effective use of technology in the courtroom. For additional resources, the E-Discovery Law and Strategy database provides content edited by lawyers, for lawyers, that covers the latest cases, precedents and rulings in e-discovery law.

Also on the docket for the LCJ's December Membership Meeting and Conference is the elimination of "junk science" from courtrooms. Westlaw offers many databases and resources related to scientific evidence, including Modern Scientific Evidence: The Law and Science of Expert Testimony, offering legal and scientific background to guide corporate counsel through the right questions when dealing with scientific evidence and expert witnesses.

The attorney-client privilege is one of the issues that LCJ will cover at next month's Membership Meeting. The attorney-client privilege in the UK is the focus of the article on page 44 in this month's Metropolitan Corporate Counsel. On Westlaw, Corporate Counsel's Guide to the Attorney-Client, Work Product & Self-Evaluative Privileges provides detailed information about the attorney-client privilege, and it includes practical advice on what does and does not work for protecting company information. It covers the traditional attorney-client privilege in the context of the corporate client, the tax practitioner's privilege, the attorney work product doctrine, the self-evaluative privilege, the attorney-client privilege in the EU and the joint-defense privilege. In addition to the law applicable to these subjects, this database also reviews important considerations plus cases that serve to highlight practical problems.

In this issue, employment law is an important theme with articles and interviews on pages 19 through 39. Current developments in immigration law are discussed on pages 21 and 38. Westlaw's employment law databases can provide corporate counsel with crucial resources related to immigration law and other employment matters. In addition to detailing the relevant government agencies, statutes and regulations, Business Immigration Law: Strategies for Employing Foreign Nationals discusses strategies for recruiting foreign nationals, discrimination issues, hiring practices and employment policies. Additionally, the Immigration Employment Compliance Handbook is a resource for corporate counsel on compliance with federal employment eligibility and discrimination requirements under federal legislation and regulations in the areas of employment discrimination and employer sanctions.

As companies expand and become increasingly global in their operations, international trade information is one of today's hottest topics. The article on page 14 of this issue focuses on international trade, and Westlaw provides many resources for attorneys, including International Trade Law and Regulation, which covers developments in trade law that directly affect commercial activity, including news from trading blocks such as the World Trade Organization (WTO), the European Union and European Economic Area (EEA) institutions, and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Additionally, Laws of International Trade serves as a guidebook for companies engaged in international business activity.

For information on becoming a Westlaw subscriber, please visit west.thomson.com or call Mary Sheehy at 1-800-328-WEST, ext. 82347. Visit www.metrocorpcounsel.com to access the live links in this article and more.