One of our commitments to the Clio community is keeping you up to date on the latest innovations and ideas in legal tech and business practices for law firms. As a small firm or solo practitioner, we recognize the challenges you face—assigning valuable time and resources to market your firm or update your technology is difficult, but a necessity.
Our monthly legal webinar series has been specifically designed to help you meet those challenges and make the most of your time and efforts with practical solutions that are easy to implement. Thousands of legal professionals agreed, attending high-value webinars ranging in topic from flat-fee billing to alternative career paths for new lawyers.
Of course, we’re making our plans for 2015’s webinar series and we’ll be looking to take them to the next level with even more great ideas and guest presenters. But for now, let’s take a look back at all the topics we tackled in 2014, with links to the recordings.
Into every practice, some legal research must fall. Oh the joys of precedents, cases, judgements, and the system of common law. But when it comes to researching law, how do you choose between the multitude of tools out there while balancing costs, diligence, and time?
This webinar explored ways to effectively use the growing trend for courts and tribunals to publish their own cases, as well as taking a look at emerging legal search engines and free, alternative sources of information. Review the recording (co-presented with Ed Walters from Fastcase and Adam Ziegler from Mootus) to learn how to structure a research plan that grabs the information you need without breaking the bank.
The practice of law continues to evolve. Lawyers are no longer limited between choosing to work in Big Law or running a solo storefront practice. How do you pick the right model for your practice? This presentation with Nicole Bradick of Potomac Law took a look at the new types of law firms that are being founded, and the types of lawyers that will excel at them. Could they be the right fit for you? View the webinar to find out.
You’re a lawyer, not an accountant, but you still have to balance your assets and liabilities and keep your firm’s financial machinery in fine form. Today’s tech tools can help you modernize your accounting processes for greater efficiency. There are better solutions for handling those boxes of receipts and spreadsheets. Listen in with Joshua to learn the basics of accounting and how to better manage your funds in this joint webinar presented with Carla Caldwell, Director of Training at cloud accounting solution Xero, and Omar Ha-Redeye, Adjunct Faculty at Ryerson University and a practicing lawyer.
Are you looking at taking your practice to the cloud but have some concerns? Beyond the business and operational implications, you have an ethical duty in play—ABA Model Rule 1.1 requires lawyers to keep abreast of the benefits and risks associated with technology. Whether it be a server or a cloud service, when it comes to tech, law firms now have more options than ever for storing their data; see what dangers exist for digital information and the policies you can implement to minimize those risks. Joshua explores the topic with Doug Edmunds, Assistant Dean for Information Technology at UNC School of Law.
Running a law practice is a complex and unique combination of client files, contracts, contacts, trials, and research. It also means defining the value of your legal services and making sure your finances are in order. This webinar, co-presented with Colin Cameron, CA, and founder of Profits for Partners, Management Consulting Inc., examines ways to measure your firm’s worth so that your billing and accounts meet your needs and your clients’ expectations.
Clients are shifting how they find legal help. Instead of looking at the shingle hanging in the town square, people now look to search engines, rating services, and social media. Are you making your services available to clients in these new spaces? This webinar, with legal marketing expert Gyi Tsakalakis and Clio’s Joshua Lenon, focuses on tools and techniques for bringing your marketing inline with the online world—and making sure potential clients can find you when they need you.
Clients love flat fees; lawyers worry about them. Driven by client demand, hourly billing is being put under the microscope and flat fees are fast becoming a preferred method of choice for legal billing. It’s becoming crucial that firms acquaint themselves with the practical and ethical issues that are associated with flat fee billing. You can too with this webinar, featuring Lee Rosen of the successful Rosen Law Firm.
How do you get your clients to pay their bills? It’s the one challenge with which every law firm struggles. This webinar offers some suggestions for getting over that hurdle so you can get paid. From client engagement to depositing funds, discover billing strategies such as setting reasonable fees as per ethical guidelines and targeting when you send bills for maximum efficiency. Ed Poll of LawBiz shares his expertise in getting clients to pony up.
Measuring success in a modern law office isn’t just about the number of clients, wins, or revenues. Traditional law firm metrics are being challenged because they only tell part of the story. And why would you only want to read one part of a story as fascinating as the success of your law firm? In this webinar with Clio’s George Psiharis, you’ll learn why traditional law firm metrics—like realization rates and profit per partner—don’t necessarily work for today’s small and solo firms.
Unlike traditional information stored in paper form, electronic information is much more pervasive, long-lasting, and transient. But even with the growing importance of eDiscovery, most law firms still aren’t prepared to handle large amounts of digital information. Make sure that yours isn’t one of them. Watch as Nextpoint CEO Rakesh Madhava and Clio’s own Joshua Lenon walk you through the world of eDiscovery. Have an idea or burning issue that you think might be of interest in 2015? Share it with us in the comments. We love helping you solve the problems and challenges of managing a firm and practicing law in the digital age.