Paul L. Caron

Friday, January 1, 2016

LexisNexis Sells Law School Publishing Business To Carolina Academic Press

LNCAPAs a LexixNexis author, I received the following email:  Law School Publishing News from LexisNexis Matthew Bender and Carolina Academic Press (posted with permission of LexisNexis):

Dear Author,

On December 31, LexisNexis® Matthew Bender® completed the sale of our law school publishing business to Carolina Academic Press. As part of this transaction, Matthew Bender® assigned all of the associated author agreements to Carolina Academic Press, and Carolina Academic Press agreed to assume all of the Matthew Bender obligations under such agreements. Therefore, Carolina Academic Press is now the publisher of your title(s).

As one of our dedicated law school authors, this transition will mean some changes for you. LexisNexis Matthew Bender and Carolina Academic Press will work together on an orderly transition to make the move as seamless as possible, and we will remain an alliance publishing partner with Carolina Academic Press in the library and practice segments developing links from course materials from both the LexisNexis and Carolina Academic catalogs. As LexisNexis sharpens its focus on developing a wider assortment of “bridge into practice” solutions — including Law360®, Lexis Practice Advisor®, Lex Machina® and our core research platform, Lexis Advance® — the time was right to sell our law school textbook line to a core legal education publisher.

LexisNexis has a strong track record of providing high‐quality educational content to law school faculty and students, which Carolina Academic Press is committed to carry on. During my 13 years in legal education publishing — first with Foundation Press and more recently Aspen Legal Education publishing — I have personally witnessed the growth of Carolina Academic Press in this sector. Its founder and publisher, Keith Sipe, is known for his tremendous commitment and support to his authors. The publishing house has emerged as a leader in on‐line education skills development tools due to Scott Sipe’s initiative. And most recently, they launched an expert sales team to support growth.

We have anticipated some of the questions you might have and have prepared a  Question and Answer document

Thank you in advance for your continued engagement and commitment to providing high‐quality content to law school faculty and students. If you have questions that have not been covered in the Question and Answer document, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at 212.448.2101 or


Steve Errick
VP & Managing Director
Research Information

Three years ago, Thomson Reuters sold its law school publishing business (Foundation Press and West) to Eureka Growth Capital.

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