Practice Management

ABA and Clio team up to assist lawyers amid the coronavirus pandemic

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In a move designed to help attorneys confront the many difficulties posed by the ongoing public health crisis, the American Bar Association and legal technology company Clio have formed a new partnership that includes providing annual Clio customers with complimentary one-year memberships to the ABA.

In a Wednesday announcement, the ABA and Clio unveiled their new collaboration, which also features a toll-free hotline for lawyers with questions about practicing during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a press release, Clio customers also will receive a free membership in the ABA’s Law Practice and Solo, Small Firm and General Practice divisions. The offer is available to anyone who signs up for annual Clio membership until Dec. 31.

Meanwhile, ABA members will receive an additional 10% discount on Clio’s annual plan.

“The resources and services of the ABA and Clio complement each other well and will help lawyers navigate through this pandemic and position themselves for the future,” ABA Executive Director Jack Rives said in a statement.

Jack Newton, Clio’s CEO and co-founder, said in a press release that the legal industry is “experiencing change and disruption at an accelerated pace,” making the new partnership with the ABA even more important.

“We’re proud to join forces with the ABA to help legal professionals get access to the tools and resources they need to face both the challenges and opportunities facing lawyers and the public they serve,” Newton said.

In addition to advice about practicing during the pandemic, the toll-free hotline that the ABA and Clio are running—888-484-2685—will provide lawyers with information about federal stimulus programs. The hotline’s hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST Mondays to Fridays.

“The ABA’s collaboration with Clio on the toll-free hotline will give all lawyers access to timely information on government stimulus programs related to the pandemic,” ABA President Judy Perry Martinez said in the press release. “What’s more, Clio subscribers—as a part of their subscription—can become American Bar Association members with access to the ABA’s full range of valuable resources to help lawyers better serve their clients and manage their practices during these changing times and beyond.”

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