What is the Clio Cloud Conference Anyway?

By: Teresa Matich

To stay ahead of your competition, you’ve got to stay on the cutting edge of legal tech. The legal landscape is constantly changing, and those who don’t embrace the power of technology will be left behind.

So how do you stay on top of the latest legal technology trends? You could spend your time monitoring Twitter and keeping an eye on each new legal tech company that hits the market. Or, you could attend a legal technology conference — specifically, the best legal technology conference around.

That would be the Clio Cloud Conference.

So what is the Clio Cloud Conference?

The Clio Cloud Conference gives lawyers and legal professionals the skills they need to level up their practice. Combining talks on legal technology, the business of law, and more, the Clio Cloud Conference offers a fun, engaging environment to help you think outside the box by introducing new ideas and tools for your practice.

The conference also offers a chance to connect directly with our support team, which can help you get the most out of Clio’s legal practice management software. There are plenty of presentations to help you master Clio and supercharge your productivity. If you’re not a Clio user, the conference also provides a highly-curated, thoughtfully-selected speaker lineup to challenge the ways you think about your practice, operate your business, and engage with your clients.

Now in it’s fifth year, the conference is one of the most popular in the legal technology sector. It’s been pegged as one of the top four legal technology conferences to attend by Capterra, and has been called “the Burning Man Festival of the legal industry” by Omar Ha-Redeye. Attendance has nearly doubled every year since 2013, with 1,000 legal professionals expected to attend this year’s event.

In fact, the Clio Cloud Conference is so popular that it’s starting to influence how other conferences operate. For example, the ABA Techshow is “borrowing a page” from the Clio Cloud Conference by adding wellness activities such as yoga classes and meditation sessions this year.

The conference isn’t just for North American lawyers and legal professionals either — U.K. lawyer Rachel Roche travelled 3,800 miles to attend in 2016. Other international attendees came from:

  • India
  • Portugal
  • Colombia
  • Spain
  • France
  • Switzerland
  • Norway

Here’s a taste of what you can expect from the Clio Cloud Conference:

  • Professional development sessions. At the Clio Cloud Conference, presentations are categorized under three main educational tracks covering legal technology, the business of law, and tips and tricks for using Clio. You can focus on a certain track, or attend presentations across multiple tracks to create an experience that is most relevant to your needs. Bonus: The conference seeks CLE accreditation in many states, and will always support self-application in any state.
  • Speakers that motivate and inspire. The Clio Cloud Conference doesn’t feature your average presenters — last year’s conference featured keynote speeches from Kimberley Motley, the first foreign litigator in Afghanistan, and Gary Vaynerchuk, one of the world’s leading marketing experts. These are conference speakers that remind you of why you became a lawyer, and they’ll challenge the way you think about running a practice.
  • The royal treatment. The Clio Cloud Conference has a reputation for going above and beyond for its attendees. Expect yoga classes, catered breakfasts and lunches, excellent Clio After Dark events, and thoughtful hangover cures. In short, everything is taken care of so that you can enjoy yourself while soaking up ideas to help grow your firm.
  • Problems solved. It’s a tradition for Clio’s product department to take suggestions on how to improve Clio during the Clio Cloud Conference, and then fix those issues — during the conference. This is called the Clio Cloud Conference Bug Smash. Last year, we fixed 17 bugs and improved four of Clio’s features, all in under 48 hours.

What you’ll learn at the Clio Cloud Conference

The Clio Cloud Conference is definitely not just for Clio users. Whether your firm uses Clio or not, you’ll leave the conference with the tools you need to improve your practice.

Here are a few examples of what last year’s attendees learned.

  • New ways to think about running your practice. Have you ever thought about running your firm from India? It might seem impossible, but Washington attorney Greg McLawsen of Sound Immigration has done it. By thinking outside the box, you can create a practice that fits with your lifestyle — not the other way around.
  • Fresh ideas for law firm marketing. There’s more than one way to stand out from the crowd. Bryan Wilson, the Texas Law Hawk goes beyond traditional law firm marketing by using creative videos to attract clients.
  • Cutting edge ideas shaping the practice of law. Artificial Intelligence (A.I) was one of the top trends to follow in the legal sector last year, and Andrew Arruda of Ross Intelligence gave a riveting talk on how A.I. is changing the practice of law at the Clio Cloud Conference last year.

That’s just a taste of what the Clio Cloud Conference entails. You’ll learn so much more, and it could be one of the best things you do for your firm. As attendee F. Eric J. says:

The information gained could prove to be one of the most important things that I have done for my practice. After 29 years of practice I leave today with a little more ‘spring’ in my step and I think about the years to come.

You can get an even better idea of what to expect by checking out highlights from the 2016 Clio Cloud Conference, or by watching last year’s presentations online. For example, here’s Greg McLawsen’s talk on how to run a law firm from India (with a four month old):

What do people say about the Clio Cloud Conference?

To truly get a sense of what it means to attend the Clio Cloud Conference, it’s best to hear from those who’ve attended.

Here’s handful of reviews from attendees of last year’s conference:

“There were people from all parts of the world. And everyone was eager to be progressive.” -Dana F.

“I need to clone myself so I can attend more than one session at a time! So much valuable information.” -Susan D.

“I cannot accurately describe how much I appreciate the developers, project managers and techs at the Clio Lab and Clio Smart Bar. Thank you so much for being so engaged in listening to our needs. Obviously customer care is your strong suit!” -Margaret C.

“At most law conferences, you try to avoid the vendors, but at this one, we actually visited most of them.” -Todd J.

“Of course you’ll learn (and get CLE credits) in the educational sessions, but it’s the ideas you generate, the camaraderie, and the fire you leave a conference with that makes an event special. Clio Con brings this in spades.” -Kevin O’Keefe, LexBlog

In short, the Clio Cloud Conference has big potential to change your practice — and how your practice fits into your life.

If you’re interested in attending, this year’s conference takes place in New Orleans from September 25 to 26.

Want to go to the Clio Cloud Conference this year? Register now, and join us in New Orleans this September for some incredibly engaging discussions on growing your law firm with the latest in legal tech.

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Originally published at clio.com

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