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Clio Cloud Conference 2018 returns to New Orleans with a new software competition

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Clio CEO Jack Newton.

Celebrating 10 years in business, the Clio Cloud Conference will bring lawyers and technologists to New Orleans this week.

The conference, which takes place Thursday and Friday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel near the French Quarter, boasts speakers from around the country and Canada who will discuss the Clio platform, as well as broader, ongoing trends in legal technology and business.

“Client expectations are changing, and the legal industry needs to change with them,” says Clio chief executive officer Jack Newton. “Legal clients expect the same fast and attentive service that they get elsewhere as consumers, and lawyers that pay attention to the client experience and invest in improving it will reap the reward: They’ll set themselves up to get more referrals, build a stronger brand, and grow their firms.”

This year’s conference will include the inaugural Clio Launch//Code contest. Announced during last year’s conference. A jury of four judges, including Newton, will award a $100,000 prize for the “most creative, powerful and useful integrations for Clio.” According to Newton, there were over 50 entries in the competition and five finalists will be at the conference where they will compete for the prize.

Also new this year, attendees can schedule 30-minute sessions with professional coaches to talk about issues relating to work and personal life.

“This is a great opportunity, for legal professionals who want to tackle a specific challenge or opportunity, and information on booking sessions can be found in the conference app,” says Newton.

Keynote speakers this year include Bryan Stevenson, author and founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative; Bill Burnett and Dave Evans, the Stanford-based co-authors of Designing Your Life; and Kelly McGonigal, a health psychologist and Stanford lecturer who will focus on “how to make stress your friend.”

Attorneys can collect CLE credits through four educational tracks at the conference: business of law, legal technology, and two Clio University tracks—Seminars and Lectures. The Clio tracks will provide introductory presentations for those new to the platform and deeper dives for the seasoned user.

Business of law sessions will focus on topics including accounting, business operations, mentorship and sales. The legal technology track will dive into perennial legal conference favorites like artificial intelligence, blockchain, chatbots and other forms of law firm automation.

Clio will also release its 2018 Legal Trends Report. Started in 2016, the benchmarking report “outlines key industry metrics for billing rates, hours billed, fee structures, and more—with detailed analyses for specific states, practice areas, and seasonality,” according to Clio’s website.

In an effort to promote work-life balance, running and yoga sessions are scheduled.

Tickets are still available online. The ABA Journal is a media co-sponsor of the event.


Updated at 10:58 a.m. to correct an error about the dates of the conference introduced during the editing process. The Clio Cloud Conference will take place Thursday, Oct. 4 and Friday, Oct. 5.

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