Category Archives: 2019 Issues

Microsoft Office Tips and Tools

Since one of my hats is tech trainer in our legal writing classes, sharing how to use Microsoft Word effectively as a lawyer, I look forward to what I learn at the ABA TechShow each year about new features of Microsoft Office.

Often I’m able to from the folks who are most familiar with the legal applications of this core software. Ben Schorr, a Senior Content Developer for Microsoft, spoke at one session I attended and was called on to answer questions as an audience member at others. He recommends the Office for Lawyers Facebook group as a great way to learn new tips, best practices, and more. 

If you attended this show – sessions and/or Expo Hall, please feel free to share your own favorites tips or tools in the comments! Continue reading Microsoft Office Tips and Tools

ABA TechShow Legal Trends

Every year the ABA TechShow provides a great way to hear about tech trends in the legal field from practitioners, entrepreneurs, trainers, and journalists.

Tech Trends can include everything from shiny new devices to evolving business models to updated regulations and laws. With these changes come many legal challenges and opportunities.

I’m always interested to hear the types of practical advice and ongoing concerns brought to the TechShow. I’ve highlighted what stood out to me at this year’s show – if you attended and want to share what you took away in the comments, that would be very welcome! Continue reading ABA TechShow Legal Trends

Volunteer Day at Greater Chicago Food Depository

Packing Pears at Greater Chicago Food Depository
packing pears

On Saturday, March 9, 2019,  the Community Service Committee organized a trip to the Greater Chicago Food Depository with nine volunteers, to help repack bulk fruit for distribution to local shelters, soup kitchens and food pantries.

At the February 2019 Business Meeting, CALL’s Community Service Committee collected $249 in cash donations for the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and 4 bags of non-perishable food for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Continue reading Volunteer Day at Greater Chicago Food Depository

President’s Letter

Dear CALL Colleagues:

This is my fifth and final President’s message to you (including the one bonus message from last year), because during the May CALL business meeting at Petterino’s, I passed the gavel to Jessie LeMar. We can all rest easy knowing that our association (and the gavel) will be in her capable hands for the upcoming year.

I want to take one final opportunity to thank the Board members, committee chairs, and committee members for volunteering their time to make this an eventful and productive CALL year. Here are some of the highlights from 2018-19: Continue reading President’s Letter

CALL Executive Board Meeting Minutes – February 2019

Board Member’s Present: Joe Mitzenmacher, Jessie LeMar, Clare Willis, Scott Vanderlin, Jesse Bowman, Julie Swanson, and Annie Mentkowski

Board Member’s Absent: None

Significant Actions: None

Guests: Corporate Memory Co-chair Heidi Kuehl, Government Relations Co-chair Sarah Sherman

 Treasurer’s Report (Section IV):

  • Harris Bank Balance as of January 31, 2019: $17,497.80
  • Net Income as of January 31, 2019: $33.68
  • Membership numbers as of February 4, 2019: 290

CALL Executive Board Meeting Minutes – March 2019

Board Member’s Present: Joe Mitzenmacher, Jessie LeMar, Clare Willis, Scott Vanderlin, Jesse Bowman, Julie Swanson, and Annie Mentkowski

Board Member’s Absent: None

Significant Actions:

The Board will not be renewing the Survey Monkey account. It will explore other polling tool options.

Policy Change: Continue reading CALL Executive Board Meeting Minutes – March 2019

CALL Executive Board Meeting Minutes – April 2019

Board members present: Joe Mitzenmacher, Scott Vanderlin, Jessie LeMar, Clare Willis, Julie Swanson, Jesse Bowman (via phone)

Board members absent: Annie Mentkowski

Guests: Philip Johnson, Lindsey Carpino

Significant Actions:

Policy: In the event that Continuing Education decides to charge a fee for an event, speakers and members of the host organization will not be charged.

 Treasurer’s Report (Section IV):

  • Harris Bank balance: $16,277.59
    1. revenue March 2019 $2,039.41
    2. expenses March 2019 $566.44
  • Membership numbers to date: 243

 

What is Legal Technological Competency?

Several of the sessions I attended at the ABA TechShow worked to define what technological competency is in the legal field (including law schools) or how it’s approached in law firms, including “Tech Competencies: Past, Present & Future”  to “Can Technology Competency Help You Get a Job?

Other sessions in the Academic Track, “Law School Tech Training on a Shoestring” (presented by Joe Mitzenmacher and Debbie Ginsberg) and the “Technology in Law Schools: A Single Course or Curriculum Integration?”  looked at the work librarians are doing to create “legaltech” training programs for law students within the law school curriculum.

Most of all, I was encouraged to see this topic brought enthusiastic speakers and audiences from a range of backgrounds, not just law school librarians but everyone from firm hiring managers to new law students. The presentations were excellent, but so was the ongoing context provided during the Q&A, so I’ve included my live tweets here that to illustrate this broader conversation at the TechShow.

Continue reading What is Legal Technological Competency?