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Overview

Focusing on how computers can make paralegals and legal professionals more productive on the job, this bestselling text offers comprehensive treatment of computer concepts, including coverage of both basic software programs like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, to more advanced applications using AbacusLaw, CaseMap, Clio, DiscoverFY, HotDocs, Tabs3, TimeMap, and TrialDirector. Real-life examples, pertinent tutorials, ethical considerations and up-to-date coverage of the most popular software used in all types of legal organizations help students develop key knowledge and skills. Each topic is presented in a clear and organized manner and includes examples of how the software is actually used on the job.The detailed Hands-on Exercises include Basic, Intermediate, and Advaned assignments to allow for a variety of skill levels. These extensive exercises allow students to apply their knowledge and practice using computers to complete realistic legal work. This edition reflects the ever-changing rules and decisions affecting the legal process (gathering evidence, managing files, filing with courts, working on electronic copyright issues, presenting exhibits, billing, etc.) and covers the most up-to-date technology available to help paralegals comply to new rules and better handle complex records and files.

Matthew S.Cornick, J.D., Clayton State University

Matthew S. Cornick, J.D., is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo and the Emory University School of Law. He has been teaching civil litigation, legal research, family law, and introduction to law and ethics to paralegal students for over 20 years. Mr. Cornick frequently speaks to paralegal associations and law firms on the topic of technology in the law office. He has served on the Approval Commission to the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Paralegals and is the author of A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO FAMILY LAW, USING COMPUTERS IN THE LAW OFFICE, and advanced and basic editions of that text.
  • A new Chapter 6, "Social Media and the Cloud," delves into the practical and ethical issues raised by the intersection of law, social media, and the cloud.
  • Coverage of new software applications, Discover FY and Clio includes detailed descriptions and Hands-On Exercises that give students an opportunity to apply their knowledge.
  • Access to the latest versions of AbacusLaw, CaseMap, HotDocs, Tabs3, TimeMap, and TrialDirector is provided.
  • The discussion of electronic discovery is expanded and now includes a section on Predictive Coding.
  • New Hands-On Exercises cover WestlawNext and Lexis Advance, and the Hands-On Exercises for HotDocs have been expanded.
  • "Ethical Questions" in each chapter pose an ethical issue involving the use of computers in the law office.
  • Each chapter concludes with a Summary, Key Terms, a list of relevant Internet Sites, a Test Your Knowledge section, On the Web Exercises, Questions and Exercises, and an Ethics Question.
  • Comprehensive coverage, including both basic and advanced skills, prepares students for a paralegal career.
  • Detailed, Hands-on Exercises give students opportunities to apply what they've learned.
  • Demo software is provided on the Premium Website. allowing students to practice skills using the same tools they will use on the job.
  • Software screen shots in the Hands-On Exercises sections and throughout the book help students understand each step in the process.
1. OVERVIEW OF COMPUTERS IN THE LAW OFFICE.
Chapter Objectives. Introduction to Computers and the Law. Elementary Computer Concepts. System Components. Peripheral Devices. Local and Wide Area Networks. Introduction to Computer Software. How Computers Can Help the Paralegal. Legal Technology Trends. Legal Ethics and Computer Technology. Summary. Internet Sites. Key Terms. Test Your Knowledge. On the Web Exercises. Questions and Exercises. Ethics Question.
2. WORD PROCESSING AND DOCUMENT ASSEMBLY.
Chapter Objectives. Centralized and Decentralized Word Processing Systems. Legal Word-Processing Programs--Microsoft Word vs. Corel WordPerfect. Legal Word-Processing Fundamentals. Merging and Document Assembly in Word Processors. Word-Processing File Formats. Microsoft Office Online Training and Word Templates. Document Assembly Programs. Ethical Considerations. Summary. Internet Sites. Key Terms. Test Your Knowledge. On the Web Exercises. Questions and Exercises. Hands-On Exercises--Word 2007. Hands-On Exercises--Word 2010. Hands-On Exercises--Word 2013.Hands-On Exercises – HotDocs.
3. 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 2010. Hands-On Exercises--Excel 2013.
4. 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 Paralegals. 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. The Ethics of Timekeeping and Billing. Summary. Key Terms. Internet Sites. Test Your Knowledge. On the Web Exercises. Questions and Exercises. Ethics Question. Hands-On Exercises--Tabs3.
5. DATABASES, CASE MANAGEMENT AND DOCKET CONTROL SOFTWARE.
Chapter Objectives. What is a Database? Database Structure. Common Database Terms. 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. Ethical Considerations. Summary. Internet Sites. Key Terms. Test Your Knowledge. On the Web Exercises. Questions and Exercises. Hands-on Exercises--AbacusLaw.
6. SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE CLOUD.
Chapter Objectives. What is the "Cloud"? Advantages and Disadvantages of Working in the Cloud. Ethical Issues Raised by Working in the Cloud. What is Social Media? How Does Social Media Impact the Practice of Law? Ethical Issues Raised by Social Media.
Summary. Key Terms. Internet Sites. Test Your Knowledge. On the Web Exercises. Questions and Exercises. Hands-On Exercises--Clio.
7. ELECTRONIC DISCOVERY.
Chapter Objectives. The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Electronically Stored Information. Producing and Receiving ESI. Predictive Coding. Ethical Considerations. Summary. Internet Sites. Key Terms. Test Your Knowledge. On the Web Exercises. Questions and Exercises. Hands-On Exercises--Discover FY.
8. LITIGATION SUPPORT SOFTWARE.
Chapter Objectives. Tracking 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. Hands-On Exercises--Discover FY. Hands-On Exercises--CaseMap. Hands-On Exercises--TimeMap.
9. 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 Internet. Performing Legal Research on the Internet. Legal Organization Intranets and Extranets. Electronic Mail. Introduction to Computer-Assisted Legal Research. Manual Legal Research. CALR: Online Legal Databases. Fee-Based Computer-Assisted Legal Research Services. Westlaw. LexisNexis. Other CALR Fee-Based Service Providers. Increased Productivity on CALR Systems. Ethical Considerations. Summary. Internet Sites. Key Terms. Test Your Knowledge. On the Web Exercises. Questions and Exercises. Hands-On Exercises--Legal and Factual Research on the Internet. Hands-On Exercises--Westlaw and WestlawNext. Hands-On Exercises--LexisNexis and Lexis Advance.
10. 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. Creating Presentations with TrialDirector. Courtroom Presentation Tips. Ethical Considerations. Summary. Internet Sites. Key Terms. Test Your Knowledge. On the Web Exercises. Hands-On Exercises--PowerPoint 2007. Hands-On Exercises--PowerPoint 2010. Hands-On Exercises--PowerPoint 2013. Hands-On Exercises--TrialDirector.Glossary.
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