Continuing Legal Education

Computer Basics: Is This Thing On?

May 9, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
3.50 MCLE hours, including 3.50 approved Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours
Presented by Senior Lawyers
Co-sponsored by Young Lawyers Division

Chicago
National Louis University
122 S. Michigan Ave., 4th Floor - Room 4024
(map and directions)

 

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Or you may call the CLE Registrar at 800-252-8908 to register over the phone.


Competent representation not only requires legal knowledge, skill, and preparation, but also requires you to keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with technology. Don’t miss this program that’s designed to give you the individualized, personal, hands-on computer training you need that’s directly applicable to the practice of law! Attorneys lacking basic computer skills who attend this seminar will better understand:

  • How to use computer hardware, including the keyboard and mouse;
  • How to create documents in Microsoft Word;
  • How to create an email account and what to do with it once it’s created;
  • The dangers of opening attachments and spam;
  • Using the Internet – including Fastcase – for your online legal research;
  • The importance of converting documents to PDF;
  • How to safeguard yourself and your practice against the dangers of advanced technology; and
  • Much more!
     


Program Coordinator:
Eugenia C. Hunter, Attorney at Law, Carbondale

Program Moderator:
Hon. Edward J. Schoenbaum, Retired Administrative Law Judge, Springfield
 

Please Note: Parking tickets can be validated on the 3rd Floor in Room 3114.

 

Agenda

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.  Familiarization with the Hardware*
This segment opens with a brief lesson on computer hardware, keyboard, mouse, and menus and then moves on to individualized training in which our team of hands-on instructors helps you overcome any difficulties you may have. Exercises to help you master using the mouse are included.
John T. Phipps, John T. Phipps Law Office P.C., Champaign

9:15 – 10:00 a.m.  Basic Typing and Word Processing*
Learn how to create a new document in Microsoft Word, format page counts, utilize keyboard functions, and choose the necessary type face and size according to your needs – including those required by court rules. Our team of hands-on instructors will assist you each step of the way.
Meghan N. O’Brien, Garofalo Law Group, Chicago

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.  Break

10:15 – 11:00 a.m.  Basics of Email*
Don’t miss this informative segment in which our team of instructors show you how to set up an email account through Google (called gmail), how to use email, how to create folders inside your email account for easy organization, and how to forward pleadings and motions for service on opposing counsel. The dangers of opening attachments, spam, and scams (especially those which prey on attorneys) are also discussed.
Don M. Mateer, Mateer, Goff & Honzel, LLP, Rockford

11:00 – 11:45 a.m.  Accessing the Internet*
Proceed at your own pace as our team of instructors show you how to access the Internet for your online legal research, as well as the invaluable online resources that are useful in the day-to-day practice of law. 
Hon. Edward J. Schoenbaum, Retired Administrative Law Judge, Springfield

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Panel Discussion: Scanning and Converting Documents to PDF*
This panel presentation discusses the importance of converting a document to PDF, explains what scanning is all about, and addresses general ethical safeguards to employ when using advanced technology. Privacy issues on the Internet, smartphones and tablets are also explored.
Don M. Mateer, Mateer, Goff & Honzel, LLP, Rockford
Meghan N. O’Brien, Garofalo Law Group, Chicago
John T. Phipps, John T. Phipps Law Office P.C., Champaign
Hon. Edward J. Schoenbaum, Retired Administrative Law Judge, Springfield