Students Ask and Staff Respond: Chicago-Kent 2019 Staff Team Excellence Award Winners

Congratulations to the Chicago-Kent Technology Instruction Team on winning the 2019 IIT Staff Team Excellence Award for “Innovative Contribution to Support Excellence in Teaching and Research”!

Chicago-Kent Staff Excellence Awardees Debbie Ginsberg, Dawn Young, and Emily Barney with IIT President Cramb and Provost Kilpatrick

Chicago-Kent Technology Instruction Team

  • Debbie Ginsberg, Educational Technology Librarian
  • Emily Barney, Technology Training & Marketing Librarian
  • Dawn Young, Director of Institutional Projects and Adjunct Professor of Legal Writing

Recent law graduates participating in a Solo & Small Practice Incubator (SSPI) technology workshop at the law school wanted to be more efficient at the office using technology, streamlining workflow processes, and creating automated forms.

In response, Debbie, Emily, and Dawn implemented new technology instruction initiatives so Chicago-Kent students and graduates would be better equipped to practice by being competitive and prepared.

The great news is that these initiatives are available to all of our current students too!

Legal Writing 1 and 2

Debbie and Emily teach Word skills to every first-year law student including styles, headings, pagination, tables of contents, and tables of authorities.

Students have access to Procertas, an online assessment program that helps you learn the Word, Excel, and Acrobat Pro.

Legal Writing 3 and 4

Dawn uses tech-infused training so students see how technology can be applied to non-litigation, transactional issues and documents. Debbie teaches advanced legal tech skills and gives a refresher on creating a table of contents and training on cross-referencing in Word.

Students are also given access to CLIO, a law practice management software, to learn how to use the technology to keep track of billable hours, and to create client bills. The information Debbie provided was so useful, she received an applause of gratitude from the students, “You’ve just made my life easier!”

Other Trainings

Other tech-infused trainings include Debbie and Emily hosting a session for the Clinic’s 1L Your Way program to discuss how technology is used by lawyers in practice.

With Emily’s expertise in marketing and website development, students learn how to use social media tools to market and brand their events and new graduates in CK’s incubator program have tech workshops on how to strategize their brand and plan a website that will help them become more visible online. Emily has also offered training on visual literacy for classes, staff workshops, and external conferences.

Debbie and Emily are also on the national stage as they promote their initiatives at professional conferences such as CALIcon and the ABA Techshow.

Congratulations to Debbie, Emily, and Dawn!

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