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Technology in the Practice of Law Skills Series

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September 30, 2015
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm


Room 1078


Grisham Law Library/UM Clinical Programs


Justin Cook, Staff Attorney with the Office of the State Public Defender, Indigent Appeals Division, will present on the continued growth of the use of Microsoft Word© for creating pleadings, briefs, and other legal documents.  WordPerfect has been the default word processing system for most law offices, governmental agencies, and state courts over the last 30 years, but Millennials have changed this construct to the blanket use of Word.  Mr. Cook will speak on page formatting, methods of inserting authority, different fonts for legal writing, proper point style to comply with the Rules, inserting hyperlinks for references and footnotes, style in organizing sub-headers under broad pleading issues, use of the Thesaurus for creative legal writing, automatic pagination & forcing page number in the middle of a document, conversion to .pdf, scrubbing metadata from draft pleadings, basic cover sheet formatting, automatically alphabetizing tables within a document, and using the “comment” balloons on the right margin for edits.