Maximizing Your Summer Experience with Technology

These slides were part of a brief presentation for Pace Law students. The purpose of the presentation was to inform the summer 2017 interns and other interested law students of the nuances involved in the use of technology in law offices so they can be better equipped for their respective internships. The slides and resources that were handed out may be accessed by current Pace Law students by adding the class titled “Maximizing Your Summer Experience with Technology” to their  list of TWEN courses. The students were introduced to the presentation after discussion of the comment to ABA Rule 1.1 that states that

To maintain the requisite knowledge and skill, a lawyer should keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology . . .

The presentation covered training options and tools and tips for Microsoft Office (MS Office).  The resources and topics for the presentation were gathered from research taken from articles and related information from recent law technology conferences relevant to the tools that summer associates, lawyers, and partners need for practice. The research also included a select assortment of the topics presented to new and summer associates at a major New York City law firm.

The MS Office component of the presentation was a practical overview of specific overlooked areas in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

Word Excel Outlook PowerPoint
Styles & templates,
Accept/Turn-off track changes, Footers,
Hyperlinks, Apply/Modify style, Insert/Update cross-references,Page breaks, Non-breaking space, Clean document properties, Create comparison document (i.e., redline).
Creating spreadsheets, Formatting,
Formulas and functions,
Order of operations,
Working across multiple spreadsheets, Fill handle, Absolute references, Filtering and sorting data.
Creating and addressing messages,
Adding attachments from the DMS and local locations,
Email retention policies and filing,
Contacts management policies, Best practices. 
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The MS Office training component focused on tools available at New York Public Libraries (NYPL) and free online training modules. Pace Law students have free access to training via Lynda.com.

The final component was a handout that included relevant articles, videos, and websites.

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