The 2020 Clio Cloud Conference was without a doubt our biggest and most unique event yet. As lawyer, writer, and media consultant Bob Ambrogi wrote, “The 2020 Clio Cloud Conference [moved] to a venue apropos of its name—the cloud.” With 4,500+ attendees from over 45 countries joining remotely, the eighth annual Clio Cloud Conference—and the first virtual one—was as immersive, eye-opening, and thought-provoking as ever. This year’s conference centered around rethinking and redefining how we…
With 4,500+ attendees from over 45 countries joining remotely, the eighth annual Clio Cloud Conference—and the first virtual one—is looking different this year. Acknowledging 2020’s sobering economic, political, and humanitarian challenges, Clio CEO and Co-Founder Jack Newton delivered an inspiring keynote that covered Clio’s vision for the future of legal services, recent additions to Clio’s product offering, and findings from the newly released 2020 Legal Trends Report. The Reisman Awards Every year, we’re proud…
Is it really always possible to follow your dreams, even if those dreams involve taking on huge legal cases while traveling the country in an RV? For Crystal McDonough, owner of McDonough Law, the answer to that question is “yes.” McDonough Law is based in Colorado, but they service clients in Colorado, Wyoming, and Nebraska—and that’s just for now. We spoke with Crystal at the 2019 Clio Cloud Conference about how she designed the…
In 1969, when the American Bar Association’s Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility first looked at whether a law firm could accept payment via credit cards, they could not have been more disdainful.  The payment of legal fees using credit cards deemed unacceptable. The committee found it was ‘wrong’ to put professional services in the same category as ‘sales of merchandise and sales of nonprofessional services.’ (ABA Committee on Ethics and Prof. Responsibility, informal opn.…
At this time of year, most businesses including law firms are usually starting to plan for the year ahead. The most successful law firms set goals for the upcoming year, draft budgets, and think carefully about how they’ll improve both the client experience and firm efficiency. This year, with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing, that process won’t look the same. Still, setting goals and planning to make improvements, even if they’re small ones,…
Law firm strategic planning may not be your top priority right now—especially with the current global pandemic and recession in mind. With pressing issues at hand, it can be challenging to step back and think about what the future will look like for your law firm. However, whether you’re a solo lawyer or have some partners at your small firm, law firm strategic planning is more critical than ever now. Strategic planning for law firms…
What do you think of when you hear “solo attorney”? You might picture a small-timer, a disheveled lawyer hustling behind-on-the-bills family law cases and barely making ends meet. Or you might picture a slick general practitioner who takes any case that comes in the door so long as they pay in cash and don’t ask too many questions. The truth is that solo and small firm practices are as varied as the people you met…
Things are never easy for a law school graduate. After three years of stressful study and hundreds of thousands in student loans, they now face the next hurdle in their slog to become a lawyer. All graduates must pass the bar exam. This is a test held just twice a year where law graduates must spend days regurgitating legal analysis and taking multiple choice exams. The tests are always held in large gatherings, overseen by…
As the legal industry continues to face unprecedented change as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, it’s imperative that we come together. This is crucial not just in order for the legal industry to succeed, but also so that those who need it have access to legal services that may be so vital right now. As legal industry leaders have looked for ways to most effectively help lawyers and legal professionals at this time, it…
As we enter our sixth month of a world transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us are still facing challenges. Many legal practitioners are not just surviving, but thriving in our new remote work environment. However, some are working in small spaces, or without childcare available, or amidst a number of factors causing additional stress during this already difficult time. Admittedly, it’s been difficult for lawyers to thrive as humans even under the best…