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Witkin's California Library now on PREMISE CD-ROM

California attorneys have a new way to search one of the most widely cited resources in California courts. The Witkin California Library, prepared by the Witkin Legal Institute, is now available on PREMISE, West Group's powerful CD-ROM research software developed for legal professionals.

The PREMISE research system combines the familiarity of book research with the ease, accuracy and speed of sophisticated computer research methods. With instant Westlaw access and Natural Language searching, PREMISE delivers the most current, relevant and thorough findings from the Witkin Library. And when subscribers to the Witkin Library on PREMISE access KeyCite, West Group's unsurpassed citation-checking service, they will also see numerous citations to Witkin from California cases.

The Witkin library contains the fourt treatises that make up B.E. Witkin's concise, thorough and insightful interpretations of California law: Summary of California Law 9th, California Procedure 4th, California Criminal Law 2d and California Evidence 3d. These works provide expert analysis and skillful case selection and classification as well as critical examination of statutory and case law in every important area of California law. The Witkin Library on PREMISE is available as a complete set or by individual titles, allowing attorneys to customize their resources.

For more information or to place an order, call West Group at 1-800/762-5272, visit the Witkin Legal Institute at or visit West Group at

Matthew Bender offers consumer credit law guide

Matthew Bender & Co., a leading publisher of legal analysis and research information, has released "Consumer Credit Law Manual," a one-volume treatise that covers every aspect of consumer credit law and regulation for the consumer credit and consumer bankruptcy attorney.

The manual is a source of background information for attorneys new to this field, but also can be used by seasoned practitioners to review any area of consumer credit law. The manual provides complete coverage of consumer credit transactions, including truth in lending, unfair and deceptive credit practices, fair debt collection and fair credit reporting. Creditor remedies and debtor defenses are also discussed in depth.

The manual is available in print and will be updated annually. The treatise is designed as a companion volume to the "Collier Consumer Bankruptcy Practice Guide" from Matthew Bender and will be added to the Collier Bankruptcy Library CD-ROM.

For additional information, call Matthew Bender at 1-800/223-1940 or visit

Internet research database shows actual contents

An innovative Internet-based legal research database ( is the first to allow attorneys, paralegals, law librarians and other legal professionals to quickly and easily view the actual index and table of contents from more than 4,000 titles prior to ordering.

The site is a comprehensive compilation of the indices, tables of content, title page and pricing schedules for available volumes from more than 60 legal publishers. Users simply search by keyword, title, author or publisher to locate and receive an accurate listing of on-point treatises available. If one or more books meet the researcher's criteria, he or she can just click and order the title directly from the publisher.

Among the legal publishers available are Lexis Law Publishing, BNA's Tax Management Inc., Kluwer Law International and Aspen Law & Business. In addition, Matthew Bender and West Group titles are expected to be available within the next 30 days.

Subscription prices for the web site are determined by the size of the law firm, ranging from $75 to $595 per year for unlimited use.

For further information or a demonstration, visit the web site or call 1-800/829-1836.

West Group releases new Mexican law resource

Attorneys and international investors have a new, easy-to-use guide to Mexico's complex business laws. "Mexican Law: A Treatise for Legal Practitioners and International Investors" is the most authoritative, current and practical guide available in the key areas of Mexican business, trade and investment.

Mexican business law has changed significantly over the past decade. This new two-volume set allows attorneys, investors and entrepreneurs to keep abreast of the latest developments in such important areas as negotiable instruments, labor law, environmental law, tax law, real estate and telecommunications. From financial groups and business entities to the industrial property system, "Mexican Law" supplies a thorough overview of more than 23 major areas of modern Mexican law.

The treatise is priced at $210. For more information, call West Group at 1-800/221-9428 or visit

Software's Interface aids time and billing

Software Technology Inc. of Lincoln, Neb., has announced the synchronized interface between STI's TABS III billing system and Advanced Productivity Software's DTE time-keeping system for 3Com's PalmPilot. TABS III is the nation's most widely used legal-specific time and billing system.

When using APS's DTE on the PalmPilot to track time, attorneys will be able to download their time directly from the PalmPilot to STI's TABS III. This feature will be available with the new release of TABS III Version 9 due out this summer.

More than 12,000 firms across the U.S. and Canada use STI software. For more information, call STI at 402/423-1440 or visit

PLI launches online video programs, reference books

Practising Law Institute has announced new MCLE-approved video programs (web programs) and reference books (web books) on its PLI Online site (

The web programs target lawyers and legal professionals who want to attend full-day, live PLI programs but are constrained by time and money. Now these same presentation (more than five hours of video) and the accompanying course handbooks (in downloadable and printable format) are available on demand anytime, day or night. Each web program is indexed so that attendees can move quickly to individual presentations by subject matter experts or go to particular topics within each presentation. Bullets of the speakers' key points are synchronized with the video.

The video lectures require the free RealPlayer, while the course handbooks and reference books require the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software. System configuration and registration requirements are detailed on the PLI online home page. Web programs and web books are priced at $149 each. A web program sample is available for no charge at

New digest summarizes discrimination laws, cases

Providing quick, reliable access to the latest changes in employment discrimination law is the aim of "Employment Discrimination Digest," the latest offering from James Publishing.

Compiled by Thomas J. Garland Jr., the new digest summarizes more than 500 supreme and major appellate court decisions discussing key issues such as Title VII, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, 1981, 1983, Rehabilitation Act, Equal Pay Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act.

The more than 1,100-page digest covers more than 500 cases. It is available for $99 and is updated annually. For information, call 1-800/440-4780.