MCC Interactive - Digging Deeper With Westlaw

Thursday, February 1, 2007 - 00:00

Craig Miller,

Thomson West

As awareness of the benefits of a diverse workforce increases, corporations and other entities continue to intensify their efforts to enhance and encourage diversity. Meanwhile, corporations continue to focus on corporate governance and compliance readiness. This month's issue of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel takes an in-depth look at how these issues - as well as private equity, intellectual property and entertainment and sports law - affect the ever-changing role of corporate counsel.

Craig Miller, vice president and general manager, Corporate Sales and Account Management, Thomson West, invites current Westlaw subscribers to dig deeper into these issues through direct links to the Westlaw databases noted below from The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel 's Web site, www.metrocorpcounsel.com.

Westlaw offers many resources to complement this month's cover feature (page 1) and Part I of the Special Report on Diversity (cover page 49) to help corporate counsel fully understand the legal issues pertaining to equal rights and employment. Crucial texts such as the Manual on Employment Discrimination and Civil Rights Actions in the Federal Courts and Major Issues in the Federal Law of Employment Discrimination are available online and are fully searchable. These databases offer extensive analysis of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1991, along with all federal employment and civil rights statutes on which the bench and bar rely in discrimination cases. In addition to discussions of key court decisions, affirmative action policies and claim management techniques, researchers will find a wealth of helpful sample forms, checklists and charts.

As we have mentioned in previous columns, corporate governance and compliance readiness are perhaps the hottest issues facing corporate counsel today. This month's issue includes an interview on page 5 discussing Tyco International, Inc.'s SMARTER program and describing the role of outside counsel in its global compliance function. The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel will in future issues continue to keep readers up-to-date on this and other approaches to organizing the global compliance function.

Readers of this article may refer to several resources on Westlaw for practical guidelines on navigating the post-Sarbanes-Oxley corporate universe. The Practical Guide to Corporate Governance and Accounting: Implementing the Requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act database provides a comprehensive overview, including a complete analysis of each section of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, corporate responsibility for financial reports, ethics for senior financial managers, criminal penalties and more. Additionally, Arnold & Porter's Legislative History for the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 provides a collection of relevant public laws, reports, congressional records and other documents of special value to corporate counsel.

The Special Section on Private Equity (pages 9, 10, and 11) addresses the exciting area of mergers and acquisitions law, and corporate counsel can keep up to date on this trend through Westlaw. The searchable Journal of Private Equity database contains in-depth analysis of today's most innovative strategies and effective techniques in venture capital and private equity, and Equities offers financial news and analysis specialized for the equities market.

The articles and interviews on pages 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24 and 65 examine intellectual property, the lifeblood of today's business, from a corporate counsel point of view. Westlaw offers the comprehensive United States Patent Materials database, which contains the full text of all patents issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office since 1976 (plus patent applications beginning in 2001, when they were first published) and links to full-text images of U.S. patents and patent applications. These image links are available on Westlaw.

Additionally, the mission-critical treatise Intellectual Property Law: Commercial, Creative and Industrial Property provides corporate counsel with a detailed overview of intellectual property, including scope of patent rights, trade secrets, technological protection for copyrighted works, legal protection of trademarks and much more.

Finally, the article on page 7 focuses on sports law. For corporate counsel in the entertainment and sports law industries, keeping abreast of developments is crucial. On Westlaw, the Lindey on Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts 3d database provides expert coverage of entertainment law, mass communications and the arts, including state-of-the-art forms and detailed guidance for drafting agreements. The Andrews Entertainment Industry Litigation Reporter offers news on key issues such as breach of contract, copyright infringement, defamation of character and antitrust.

For information on becoming a Westlaw subscriber, please visit west.thomson.com or call Jocelyn Tollin at (212) 548-7438. Visit www.metrocorpcounsel.com to access the live links in this article and more.