I love baseball, and Ben Schorr‘s new book, The Lawyer’s Guide to Outlook 2007, is so great it just naturally brings thoughts of home runs to mind. If you have already upgraded to Office 2007, and if you are feeling overwhelmed by both the new user interface in Outlook, not to mention the volume of email you receive every day, this is the book for you.
The author is a well-respected technology consultant with a multi-national stable of clients and an intimate knowledge of how Outlook works, from the inside out. But don’t let that scare you. The book is an extremely easy read – as if he’s a friend talking you through your use of the program. And from his many years as both a consultant and as director of information services for a large Honolulu law firm, he understands how lawyers use email.
Chapter 1 starts out with a tour of Outlook 2007 and explains all the different law office tasks it can help you perform, teaching you how you can configure the look and feel of Outlook 2007 to meet your needs. The book then proceeds to detailed chapters on each of the programs separate functions, such as e-mail, to dos, calendaring, contacts and using the journal, to show you how these tools can be adapted to your business processes – or how those processes can be strengthened to get more done, more easily.
The final chapters show you how to archive materials when the case is done, how to effectively use Outlook 2007 with other parts of the Office Suite, such as Word for mail merges, and how to avoid common mistakes that lawyers make when using Outlook. There is even a chapter of tips and trick that will amaze you with how easy using Outlook can be.
The Lawyer’s Guide to Microsoft® Outlook 2007 is published by The American Bar Association’s Law Practice Management Section and is a must-have for every lawyer who’s ever wanted to pull his (or her) hair out over information management. Alabama State Bar Members can purchase a copy at a 40% discount off the non-ABA member price of $69.99 by calling Kristi Skipper at (334) 517-2242 or e-mailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.