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

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Introducing Procertas: Learn Word, Excel & More

The problem

Librarians speak in your writing classes about how lawyers use Word in practice. We show you how to set up briefs, use styles, set up tables of contents, and create tables of authorities.  We have also created an online guide explaining Word skills.

But we wanted to do more to help you learn these and other skills.  And we wanted to offer you tools that let you learn technology at your own pace.

The solution


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This year, the Law Library is pleased to offer a new tool, Procertas, to help you learn law office technologies such as Word, Excel, and PDF that are important tech skills to become an efficient lawyer. 

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Chicago-Kent at 2019 AALL National Conference

This year, three of our librarians traveled to Washington, DC to attend the annual meeting and conference of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) on July 13 – July 16, where they coordinated and presented conference sessions and panels. Continue reading

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NEW: Free Electronic Study Aids for Chicago-Kent Students

Nutshell Study Aids at Chicago-Kent

The Chicago-Kent Law Library now offers free electronic access to West Academic Study Aids (WASA). No need to come to the reading room or check out older editions to use Nutshells or Hornbooks now! You’ll also find a wide range of new study aids available – see what’s included below.

You can now access them on your computer or mobile device to supplement the work you are doing in your courses. In WASA, you can search across all their titles and add your own notes and highlighting while reading.

What’s included:

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2019 Summer and Post-Grad Access to Westlaw, Lexis & Bloomberg

Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg LogosCan you access your Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg accounts over the summer?  What about after graduation? The answer to both is yes, but with some restrictions for Westlaw and for graduates.  See below for more information.

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Redactions: Wins vs. Fails

Are you smarter than Paul Manafort’s lawyers?  You may remember earlier this year in the Manafort case attorneys put black boxes on sensitive information.  They thought they had added redactions. It turned out that anyone could copy and paste that information.  

Take a look here and see for yourself:

Manafort's Bad Redaction






The Daily Show had a field day.

Redaction is an important skill for every attorney. Recently, the CS-SIS Blog published a step-by-step guide describing how to use Adobe Acrobat Pro to redact information.  When Acrobat redacts information in a document, it also adds black boxes — ones that completely obscure the information.  The redacted information cannot be copied and pasted.  The black boxes cannot be removed.  

If you prefer to learn by video, this one describes the same steps.

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1Ls: Appellate Brief Help for Word’s Table of Authorities

This week and next, our two tech librarians Emily Barney and Debbie Ginsberg are visiting our legal writing classes to offer hands-on workshops to help 1Ls with formatting their appellate brief assignments.

In this post I’ll share two tools and tips you can use take to make Microsoft Word work for you without needing to go back and fix or reorganize your Table of Authorities because of bad default settings or missed details.

Find video guides, handouts, sample files & more in the Word for Law School guide

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ABA TECHSHOW 2019 – February 28-March 2

ABA TECHSHOW 2019 LogoAre you looking for a quick way to get up to speed on the latest legal technology?  ABA hosts an annual Techshow in Chicago that provides one of the best opportunities for students to engage with emerging legal technologies hands on.  The Techshow runs from February 28-March 2 at Hyatt Regency Chicago.  The conference will feature dozens of one-hour sessions on all kinds of legal technologies – from practical tips for using Microsoft Office, to digital security, to favorite websites and mobile apps.

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Creating Flashcards with Quizlet

Want to make sure you retain what you learn? One of the most effective strategies is to create your own study materials. This is true when studying for exams and as you go through your readings for class. 

While outlines are great for understanding relationships and big-picture concepts, you also need to make sure you’ve got a good foundation in your subject as well.  Flashcards can help with that. Lots of people like pen-and-notecard flashcards, but you can easily create flashcards online, too.

Quizlet is a tool for creating flashcards online that you can use to test your knowledge with a variety of tools.  These tools include quizzes, sample tests, and even games. Continue reading

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Take back your time with iOS settings

iPhone users: have you taken advantage of all the time-saving features built into your phone’s settings? If you’re a long-time user, you may have missed a few of these newer options that came with more recent updates.

Do Not Disturb

In 2017, Apple introduced its “Do Not Disturb” feature that silences notifications when you are driving.  With 2018’s update, iOS 12, they added this same function for “bedtime”, too. If you use your phone as an alarm clock, but would otherwise like your phone to be quiet when you sleep, give this new feature a try.   Continue reading

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