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Legal Tech Session: Focus on Word

Part 2 in a Tech Series for law students of UGA's School of Law
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on 9 February 2015

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Transcript of Legal Tech Session: Focus on Word

So, what is the Audit?
"…hypothesis is that lawyers in general are woefully deficient
in using the software tools at their disposal –
e.g., Word, Acrobat, Excel."

The audit tests this by providing mock assignments.

Sample tasks include:
formatting a motion in
Word
preparing motion exhibits in
PDF
creating an arbitration exhibit index in
Excel
.

The specific tasks are of little importance as they are designed to test general skills. The foregoing examples could just as easily be any of the other myriad, routine, low-value-added tasks that lawyers regularly complete on their computers (or should).
The Stats
So What Do I Need to Know?


Apply, modify, and update
Styles

Insert and update
Cross-References

Use
Track Changes
to edit a document

Format and change
Header & Footer
information

Insert
Page
and
Section Breaks

Show/Hide ¶
Lack of Training
"It’s not incompetence, it’s lack of training."

There is a new
American Bar Association rule
for this: amendments were added in August to the ABA’s rules that govern professional competence which now expressly state a duty to be aware of and use technology.
The Legal Tech Audit
Focus on Word
Audit was taken
10 times by 9 firms

(1 firm took it twice)
ALL the firms failed
The audit takes 1 hour (or less) to pass
Best= 2.5 hours
Worst = 8 hours
Average pace = 5 hours
http://www.abajournal.com/legalrebels/article/could_you_pass_this_in-house_counsels_tech_test
http://www.abajournal.com/legalrebels/article/could_you_pass_this_in-house_counsels_tech_test
Bay, Monica. "Big Law Whipped for Poor Tech Training." The American Lawyer Online. ALM Media Properties, 22 May 2013. Web. 27 Oct. 2014.
First, let's take a look at the full list:
http://www.legaltechaudit.com/projects/LTA_Feature_List.pdf
Word

Why Word?
Assessment
& Certificate
Exercise #1
Modify and apply a style

View all styles

Apply automatic numbering

Insert and update cross-references

Rearrange sections of a document
Exercise #2
Show and hide


Insert and unlink section breaks

Create an automatically generated Table of Contents

Change page numbering
Exercise #3
Understand the benefits of tracking changes across revisions of a document

Track Change functionality:

showing markup

adding and reviewing changes

rejecting or accepting changes

Removing personal information
Track Changes
On your handout, there is a link to the
Word portion of our tech audit readiness assessment template and instructions.

Attend all three sessions, complete each assessment, and upload them to
http://www.law.uga.edu/legal-tech-audit

Deadline is March 27th

Next session is February 25th (Excel)
Styles & Cross-References
Section Breaks & ToC
Word 2013
Oh my!
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