MCC Interactive - Digging Deeper With Westlaw

Sunday, April 1, 2007 - 00:00

Craig Miller,

Thomson West

Increased regulatory pressures have resulted in the need for corporate counsel to focus on compliance in varying areas of the law. This month's issue of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, in Part II of the Compliance Readiness Special Report, provides corporate counsel with the ammunition they need to deal with these growing concerns. In addition, the issue also provides an in-depth analysis of the role of the corporate secretary, corporate governance, environmental law, real estate, and other issues.

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.

Given the increased scrutiny on compliance and corporate governance, the role of the corporate secretary has expanded to include many related functions. Their duties and responsibilities are covered in the interviews on pages 63 and 64 in which leaders of the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals provide their perspective on this topic. Westlaw provides useful databases for corporate secretaries and other governance professionals. For example, The Federal Securities Law - SEC Staff Review Letters Database, (FSEC-SSR) contains letters prepared by SEC staffers on periodic reports such as 10-K and 8-K reports. In addition there is a thorough treatment of the transactional reports that a corporate secretary must prepare. Westlaw also provides a host of printed treatises on corporate governance. The Law of Corporate Officers and Directors: Rights, Duties, and Liabilities by Edward Brodsky and M. Patricia Adamski offers corporate secretaries the legal and practical perspectives that will assist them in carrying out their responsibilities.

Westlaw offers many resources to complement the articles addressing environmental law in this month's issue. Readers of the articles on pages 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 14 will find that the Westlaw Environmental Tab provides them with the full breadth of Westlaw's environmental databases. The tab provides Greenwire (EEP-GRW), a daily environmental news update for Federal Environmental Cases (FENV-CS); Environmental Briefs (FENV-BRIEF) offering information on pertinent U.S. Supreme Court cases; and Environmental Dockets (EDR Dockets) which can be used for tracking civil judicial cases filed by the Department of Justice on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency.

In addition, the articles on pages 15, 16 and 17 focus on real estate. Real estate practitioners will find several Westlaw products relevant to their practice. For instance, the Westlaw Real Estate Practitioner (RPT-ALL) contains forms, checklists, financial calculators and real property transaction records from more than 900 counties in 47 states and the District of Columbia. Furthermore, the article on page 45 demonstrates the benefits of using ADR to resolve construction disputes. Readers of this article will find Westlaw's Construction Practitioner specifically useful for a slice of real estate/construction information. One of the best content groupings is Construction News Plus (CONSTNWSPLUS) which covers the industry from boardroom to site office with financial news, analyses and legal reports.

For additional resources on ADR turn to these Westlaw databases including: Alternative Dispute Resolution specialist (ADR-SPECIALIST) with treatises, guides, journals, law reviews and arbitration materials; and International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes-ALL (ICSID-ALL) for arbitration awards, model clauses, current and historical arbitration rules from the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.

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.