Technology for Lawyers Workshop Part 1



  • Available Until 2/21/2024
  • Class Time 1:00 PM PT
  • Duration 60 min.
  • Program Code 113
  • CA General CLE Credits: 0.75 hr(s)



This two part CLE is designed to help you become a more efficient user of your computer and to learn the most important features of Microsoft Word for legal practice.

Part one focuses on becoming a more efficient computer user. Topics include shortcuts and tricks to work faster and with less reliance on the mouse. It then explains how to find information that has disappeared from the web, how to do so called Google "hacking," and how to find cookies and web beacons on clients' websites. This part concludes with an exercise to create a proper Microsoft Word template for legal office memoranda.

Part two principally deals with creating a proper template in Microsoft word for legal briefs. You'll learn how to use styles in Word to make document-wide edits, saving a lot of time. The session then turns to clever, programmatic techniques anyone can use to clean up a poorly-designed Word document. For instance, if you receive a Word document that has character, line-level, or inconsistent formatting, these techniques will show you how to correct the document quickly and create document-wide edits in seconds. Finally, this part makes an appeal to consider "data-centric" lawyering: the re-conception of legal practice around data instead of final reports (like memos and briefs). This last section explains how to structure data properly so that data can be used to generate reports. The payoff comes in techniques to deepen client engagement and to derive business intelligence from your firm's activities.