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Using Computers in the Law Office (Book Only)

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Summary

USING COMPUTERS IN THE LAW OFFICE, 6th Edition is the ideal book to provide readers with comprehensive, up-to-date information on the use of technology by paralegals in all types of legal organizations. It describes basic computer concepts as well as more complex skills and software programs with coverage and assignments for Word, Excel, Adobe Acrobat, AbacusLaw, CaseMap, HotDocs, Summation iBlaze, Tabs3, TimeMap, TrialDirector, and more. Using Computers in the Law Office covers important topics such as an updated discussion of electronic discovery, Internet legal/factual research, legal timekeeping and billing, litigation support software, and case management and docket control software. A variety of other topics are covered including WestLaw Next, Google Scholar, mobile computing, document management, security, ethics, the electronic courthouse and many other trends in legal computing. Each topic is presented in a clear and organized manner that includes many examples of how the software is actually used on-the-job. Detailed Hands-on Exercises ensure that readers will gain practical knowledge of these tools by giving them the opportunity to apply what is presented in the book and to practice using computers to complete legal work.

Table of Contents

Overview of Computers in the Law Office
Chapter Objectives
Introduction to Computers and the Law
Elementary Computer Concepts Common Computer Terms and Examples
Relax, You've Done This Before Specific Law Office Applications of Computer Software
How Computers Can Help the Legal Assistant
Legal Technology Trends
Legal Ethics and Computer Technology
Summary
Internet Sites
Key Terms
Test Your Knowledge
On the Web Exercises
Questions and Exercises
Endnotes
Word Processing, PDF File Creation, and Document Assembly
Chapter Objectives
Centralized and Decentralized Word Processing Systems
Legal Word-Processing Programs--Microsoft Word vs
Corel WordPerfect
Legal Word-Processing Fundamentals
PDF File Creation
Document Assembly Programs
Word Processing in the Legal Environment
Ethical Considerations
Summary
Internet Sites
Key Terms
Test Your Knowledge
On the Web Exercises
Questions and Exercises
Endnotes
Hands-on Exercises--Word 2007
Hands-on Exercises--Word 2003
Hands-on Exercises Adobe Acrobat
Hands-on Exercises HotDocs
Spreadsheet Software
Chapter Objectives
What is a Spreadsheet? "What If" Analysis
Spreadsheet
Structure and Organization
Spreadsheet Fundamentals
Spreadsheet Planning
Spreadsheets in the Legal Environment
Ethical Considerations
Summary
Internet Sites
Key Terms
Test Your Knowledge
On the Web Exercises
Questions and Exercises
Hands-on Exercises--Excel 2007
Hands-on Exercises--Excel 2003
Legal Timekeeping and Billing Software
Chapter Objectives
Introduction to Timekeeping and Billing
Manual versus Computerized Billing Systems
The Computerized Timekeeping and Billing Process
Kinds of Legal Fee Agreements
Legal Expenses
Timekeeping and Billing for Legal Assistants
Functions of a Successful Billing System
Computerized Timekeeping and Billing
Integrating Timekeeping and Billing, Accounting, and Case Management
What to Look for in Timekeeping and Billing Software
Billing from the Corporate and Government Perspective
The Ethics of Timekeeping and Billing
Summary
Key Terms
Internet Sites
Test Your Knowledge
On the Web Exercises
Questions and Exercises
Endnotes
Hands-on Exercises--Tabs3
Databases, Case Management and Docket Control Software
Chapter Objectives
What is a Database? How Databases Are Used in Law Offices
Calendaring, Docket Control, and Case Management
Introduction to Docket Control / Case Management
Manual Docket Control
Types of Computerized Docket Control Systems
Overview of Computerized Legal Case Management and Docket Control
Implementing Case Management Systems--Why They Fail
The Docket Cycle
Considerations
Summary
Internet Sites
Key Terms
Test Your Knowledge
On the Web Exercises
Questions and Exercises
Endnotes
Hands-on Exercises--AbacusLaw
Electronic Discovery
Chapter Objectives
Electronically Stored Information
Electronic Discovery Overview
The Electronic Discovery Process
The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Electronically Stored Information
Producing and Receiving ESI Ethical Considerations
Summary
Internet Sites
Key Terms
Test Your Knowledge
On the Web Exercises
Questions and Exercises
Endnotes
Litigation Support Software
Chapter Objectives
Information and Documents to Be Tracked in Litigation
Why Litigation Support? Manual Litigation Support Methods
Overview of Computerized Litigation Support
Types of Computerized Litigation Support Systems
The Litigation Support Process
Litigation Support Tips
Questions and Fears About Computerized Litigation Support
Ethical Considerations
Summary
Key Terms
Test Your Knowledge
Internet Sites
On the Web Exercises
Questions and Exercises
Endnotes
Hands-on Exercises--CT Summation iBlaze
Hands-on Exercises--LexisNexis CaseMap
Hands-on Exercises--LexisNexis TimeMap
The Internet, Computer-Assisted Legal Research and Electronic Mail
Chapter Objectives
Introduction to the Internet
Use of the Internet in Legal Organizations
Searching for and Finding Information on the World Wide Web
Performing Legal Research on the Internet
Problems with Researching on the Internet
CALR: Online Legal Databases
Fee-Based Computer-Assisted Legal Research Services
WESTLAW
LexisNexis
Other CALR Fee-Based Service Providers
Increased Productivity on CALR Systems
Legal Organization Web Pages
Legal Organization Intranets and Extranets
Electronic Mail
Ethical Considerations
Summary
Internet Sites
Key Terms
Test Your Knowledge
On the Web Exercises
Questions and Exercises
Endnotes
Hands-on Exercises--Legal and Factual Research on the Internet
Hands-on Exercises--WESTLAW
Hands-on Exercises--LexisNexis
The Electronic Courthouse, Automated Courtroom, and Presentation Graphics
Chapter Objectives
The Electronic Courthouse
The Automated Courtroom
Overview of Presentation and Trial Presentation Software
Creating Presentations with Microsoft PowerPoint
Courtroom Presentation Tips
Presentation Graphics in the Legal Environment
Ethical Considerations
Summary
Internet Sites
Key Terms
Test Your Knowledge
On the Web Ex
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