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Ben M. Schorr is a technologist and Chief Executive Officer for Roland Schorr & Tower a professional consulting firm headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii with offices in Los Angeles, California; Flagstaff, Arizona and Astoria, Oregon. In that capacity he consults with a wide variety of organizations including many law firms. He is frequently sought as a writer, teacher and speaker for groups as diverse as the Hawaii Visitor and Convention Bureau and the American Bar Association. More than 16 years ago Microsoft named him as an MVP in their Outlook product group and he has been supporting Outlook, Exchange and most recently OneNote ever since.
Prior to co-founding Roland Schorr, Schorr was the Director of Information Services for Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert, a large Honolulu law firm, for almost 8 years.
Schorr was a contributing author for "Using Microsoft Office 2000" by Que and has been a technical editor or contributor on a number of other books over the years. For several years he was half of the "Ask the Exchange Pros" team for Windows Server System magazine. He is the author of several books on Microsoft Office which are published by the American Bar Association.
In October of 2005 Schorr was named by the Pacific Technology Foundation as one of the Top 50 Technology Leaders in Hawaii. He's a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' (IEEE) Computer Society, the American Bar Association and the United States Naval Institute.
In his free time Schorr enjoys coaching football, reading, playing softball, cooking and is a marathoner and Ironman triathlete. His dog is not impressed.
Most lawyers spend the bulk of their time (when not answering rafts of e-mail)doing word processing. And yet, it is sadly true that they use less than 10% of the capabilities of the software. Word is overwhelmingly used by lawyers - and yet lawyers, perhaps busy practicing law, fail to take advantage of all it can do - nor are they aware of how easy it might be to unintentionally reveal confidential client data.
I have long been a fan of Ben Schorr's writing - clean, easy-to-understand, and sometimes very funny. Ben is highly regarded as one of the country's best legal technologists. He has worked closely and often with Microsoft and has an insider's knowledge of the product.
It is incredible how often lawyers collaborate using changes and then forget to change the review panel to "Final" rather than "Final Showing Tracked Changes." So now they send the document to opposing counsel, who is tickled to see all the changes. And you still have to clean the metadata because the tracked changes, although not visible in a "Final" document, remain embedded in the document. This is only one of many tips that Ben offers in this excellent book.
The best way to read the book is with Word open on your ocmputer - we learn best by doing, so keep the book at your side and traverse the Word universe along with Ben. There are lots of helpful screenshots and some excellent "Tips of the Pros" to make you faster and more efficient in your use of Word.
This is an invaluable resource which lawyers should keep close at hand.
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