Tweak Your Default Settings for Legal Work

Tech Training Video

Program and Platform:

Microsoft Word for Windows and Mac

Featured Features:

  • Spellcheck Settings
  • Default Dictionaries
  • Formatting Settings

How-To Tech Description:

Learn to access and customize Word's interface, fix its programmatical settings, and install your preferred legal formatting as Word's default formatting. When you make Word work for you, you’ll harness the power of Word while stripping away basic settings inappropriate for a law office. You’ll also avoid annoying notifications, navigate faster, and stop using clunky workarounds. Download the handout for this lesson.

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Slide6-Mar-01-2022-12-22-09-30-AMAbout Barron K. Henley

Barron K. Henley, Esq. is one of the founding partners of Affinity Consulting Group, a legal technology consulting firm focused on automating and streamlining law firms and legal departments. He earned his B.S./B.A. (marketing and economics) and J.D. from The Ohio State University and is a member of the American, Ohio and Columbus Bar Associations, and the Worthington Estate Planning Council. He is a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member of Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Technology and the Courts, and a member of both the ABA Law Practice Management and the Real Property Trust and Estate Law (“RPTE”) Sections. Barron heads Affinity’s document assembly/automation and software training departments. Finally, Barron teaches continuing legal education (CLE) classes throughout the U.S. and Canada covering a wide variety of topics related to law practice management, technology and ethics.


Slide5-Mar-01-2022-12-23-56-35-AMAbout Ivy B. Grey

Ivy B. Grey is the Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for WordRake. Prior to joining the WordRake team, she practiced bankruptcy law for ten years. During her decade of legal practice, Ivy was named a Rising Star in the New York Metro Area for five consecutive years, and her significant representations included American Airlines, Columbia House, Kodak, and Dewey & LeBoeuf.

Since joining the legal tech world, Ivy has become known for her work on technology competence, ethics, and innovation. She has a unique blend of skills and an outstanding ability to synthesize technical, business, and legal information into practical advice and actionable plans. In 2020, Ivy was recognized as an Influential Woman in Legal Tech by ILTA. She has also been recognized as a Fastcase 50 Honoree and included in the Women of Legal Tech list by the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center.