Greetings to the staff of law firms, government agencies, and corporate legal departments! Some of you already know me: I am a software trainer and legal word processor with longstanding ties to the legal community in California. Through my company, CompuSavvy Computer Training & Consulting , I provide hands-on training for legal staff, mainly in MS Word and WordPerfect, but also in a few other applications. For the past 15 years, I’ve also taught computer classes through UCLA Extension for legal professionals and, more recently, for older adults.
This blog is intended as a source of information to help you format pleadings and other complex documents that you produce in the course of your daily work. Periodically, I will offer word processing tips — for both MS Word and WordPerfect — that will increase your productivity and, I hope, simultaneously reduce your stress.
I also want to mention my new book, “Formatting Legal Documents With Microsoft Office Word 2007,” which is available for purchase on Lulu.com via this link:
I wrote the book because existing Word 2007 books typically don’t address the specialized formatting requirements of the legal profession. Because I’ve worked in the field for more than 22 years (I still use both Word and WordPerfect on a daily basis to set up legal documents), I’m familiar with both legal document formatting requirements and the pressures that legal staff experience trying to get their work finished and out the door. (The formatting instructions are geared toward California but can be adjusted easily for other jurisdictions.) The book is designed to make that work easier and more efficient. It includes instructions for changing default settings, customizing the program, working with everyday features like headers and footers, using automatic numbering, setting up pleading captions and footers, creating and generating a Table of Contents and Table of Authorities, tracking changes, comparing documents, converting files to and from other formats, and using the Document Inspector to remove certain metadata from Word documents (as well as describing the types of metadata that the Document Inspector doesn’t eliminate). In addition, it contains oodles of practical tips and tricks, including troubleshooting advice — such as how to fix those annoying mutating section breaks.
Although I want to make sure people know about my book (as well as a “Computers for Seniors” book that I’ve got in the works), the blog isn’t simply a vehicle to advertise my writings. It’s also a place for me to share some of the “secrets” about software that I’ve learned over the years that can make life — or at least work — go more smoothly for those of us who process documents every day.
For now, the blog will be read-only — no comments allowed. That might change later on, once the blog has gotten more established and I’ve determined who is looking at it.
Bear with me. This is just a start…
Meanwhile, thanks very much for stopping by!
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