CBA Practice Management Center

Live Webinars for CBA Members

As a feature of the Practice Management Center, the Columbus Bar Association is offering one-hour, live webinars on topics related to technology and the practice of law. These webinars are available to CBA members only, at no charge.

Not for CLE credit.

Thursday, April 18, 2019
2:00-3:00pm EST
Email is Killing Me

Lawyers and staff are generally drowning in email and many feel helpless when trying to get it under control. This seminar will show you how to use all of Microsoft Outlook’s feature set to efficiently store, organize email (and attachments), and successfully deal with high email volume. We'll also show you how to fix Outlook’s default settings for email, calendar, contacts and tasks. Finally, we’ll explain many amazing and useful Outlook features which most users don't even know are there.

Presenter: Paul Unger, Esq., Affinity Consulting Group

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Thursday, May 2, 2019
2:00-3:00pm EST
The Evolution of Speech Recognition Software – You Won’t Believe How Good It Has Become

Lawyers have to draft pleadings and documents, capture time entries in accounting software, respond to emails, and enter case-related information into a file (or case management system). All of those things typically involve a keyboard, and unfortunately, many lawyers just aren’t good typists. Years ago, it was common for support staff to handle such things. But today, a high percentage of lawyers have limited or no access to support staff simply due to the cost. As a result, today’s lawyers have to be far more self-reliant in the generation of work product. Thankfully, speech recognition technology can resolve these issues. You talk, and the software types exactly what you’re saying. This technology can be used for automatic transcription, time entries, and any drafting task without ever touching the keyboard. Speech recognition has definitely arrived, and this seminar shows you how it works and what you need to incorporate it into your practice. We’ll focus on the popular Dragon Professional software application.

Presenter: Britt Lorish, Affinity Consulting Group

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Thursday, May 16, 2019
2:00-3:00pm EST
Microsoft Word Power Hour

Due to the complex formatting often required with legal documents, most users find Microsoft Word to be a constant source of frustration. It's the primary tool used to produce work product, yet many feel it works against them. Adding to the frustration is the fact that most of the techniques and features necessary to control complex formatting are simply concealed. Using Word and “clicking around” provides little improvement and no insight. This seminar is specifically designed to address those realities. We’ll show you exactly how to fix the common legal drafting problems plaguing you now and avoid them in the future. You’ll learn dozens of tips and techniques you can put into practice immediately. Even if you feel you have Word under control, we guarantee you will learn new things about Word throughout this class.

Presenter: Barron K. Henley, Esq., Affinity Consulting Group

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Thursday, May 30, 2019
2:00-3:00pm EST
The Devil Is In The Details - How to Map and Fix Your Law Office Processes

W. Edwards Deming famously said, "When a good person meets a bad system, the system always wins." If you know or suspect that there are some inefficient processes in your office, the first step to improvement is to map out the process in question. In the legal world, lawyers are rarely responsible for every step of a process. As a result, there's often a disconnect between what a lawyer thinks is happening and what is actually happening. In this segment, we'll show you how to map processes and give you some real-life examples where small adjustments made big differences.

Presenter: Jennifer Ramovs, Esq., Affinity Consulting Group

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