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 New ABA book helps lawyers adopt to using Microsoft Office 365

Change isn’t always easy, but a new American Bar Association book to be released Aug. 18 promises to make for a smoother transition.

“Microsoft Office 365 for Lawyers,”  written by Ben Schorr and published by the ABA Law Practice Division, will guide lawyers through a smooth and successful transition to Office 365 and offers tips to leverage the software in their practices. 
In the book, the author answers many common questions that arise when adopting 365 to minimize any problems with the migration. The book covers a wide variety of topics, including an overview of the software basics and its individual programs, determining if an upgrade is necessary, bringing instant messaging and video conferencing directly onto desktops and troubleshooting common problems.
 
Schorr is a technologist and Chief Executive Officer for Roland Schorr & Tower, a professional consulting firm headquartered in Honolulu. His other ABA publications include “The Lawyer’s Guide to Microsoft Outlook 2013” and “The Lawyer’s Guide to Microsoft Word 2010.”

“Microsoft Office 365 for Lawyers” debuts during the International Legal Technology Association’s 37th Annual Conference Aug. 17-21 at Gaylord Opryland in Nashville.
 

Man sentenced to prison in buried  gold fraud scheme 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A former Michigan man has been sentenced to seven years and three months in prison for failing to file income tax returns and a scheme involving the bogus recovery of gold bars supposedly buried by Japanese soldiers during World War II.
 
The U.S. Attorney’s office in Grand Rapids says Friday that Freeman Carl Reed also is ordered to pay $1.3 million in restitution to victims of the fraud.

Reed, formerly of St. Joseph, pleaded guilty in the fraud case after his February tax conviction.

Authorities say money was solicited from investors to recover Yamashita’s gold, reportedly hidden in the Philippines at the end of the war. Investors were told their money was needed to extract it.
Other investors were told Reed had access to gold certificates worth millions of dollars.
 

Wayne Law James K. Robinson Fundraiser and Scholarship Event

A fund-raising event is going to be held to help raise money for the endowed scholarship fund created by the late James K. Robinson, a former dean at WSU Law school and class of 1968 alumnus. 
 
The fund was created to help students at Wayne Law. The event is going to be held at the home of Rich and Patty Rossman, 27 Oakland Park Blvd., Pleasant Ridge. The event includes hors d’oeuvres and drinks. 

For more information about this event, please contact Kristy Pagan at 313-577-8034 or kpagan@wayne.edu.

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