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Contact: Kit Thompson
Pearson Education

Pearson Prentice Hall Acquires Pearson Publications Company to Expand Legal Post-Secondary Offerings

Upper Saddle River, NJ - September 3, 2002. Pearson Education, the world's leading educational publisher (a Pearson company, NYSE:PSO), announced that its Prentice Hall imprint has acquired the legal and paralegal textbooks division of Athena Group. The acquisition of the division, called Pearson Publications Company (which had no prior connection to Pearson Education), includes twenty-nine titles as well as supplementary materials and companion websites.

The acquisition supports Prentice Hall's Career, Health, Education and Technology (CHET) division's commitment to providing high-quality, cost-effective publications for legal education, as well as training for paralegals which, according to the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, is one of the fastest growing professions.

Prentice Hall has also created a new Pearson Legal Series, which will offer the acquired titles along with a range of media and instructor materials, curriculum development tools and testing solutions.

"At Pearson, we're always looking for ways to increase the breadth and depth of our quality education offerings," says Robin Baliszewski, President of Prentice Hall's CHET division. "The new titles will enable us to enhance what we can offer pre-law and paralegal students and professors through the new Pearson Legal Series."

The titles include Essentials of The Internet by Craig B. Simonsen and Christian R. Andersen; Bush v. Gore: Understanding the American Legal System by Ransford C. Pyle, Esq., Heather Slusher, and Carol M. Bast, Esq.; Essentials of Intellectual Property by Christian R. Andersen; and Computer Applications for Legal Professionals by John A. Gurdak, Esq. and Linda Furlet. A complete catalog of titles can be found at

"We are pleased that Prentice Hall will continue our mission of supporting the legal education community with timely, high-quality teaching materials," says Enika Pearson Schulze, President of the Athena Group. "The authors, as well as professors and students, will be sure to benefit."

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