In 2008, China had just hosted its first Olympics, and the United States had just elected its first African-American president. The financial industry was in crisis, but there was one silver lining: I had my first encounter with a freshly minted Clio. Certainly, it was an historic year.
Adriana Linares is a legal technology trainer and consultant with LawTech Partners, and is also a Clio Certified Consultant. But her relationship with Clio goes way back to the beginning before there even was such a program. In fact, she met co-founders Jack and Rian around the time they were launching Clio.
“Back in those early days, I started doing weekly webinars with Jack and Rian,” Adriana recalls. “I would do the webinar on Wednesdays while Rian would take questions on the development of the product. That’s how I came to know of and love Clio and once they introduced the Certified Consultant program, it was a natural progression of that relationship.”
Adriana is based in Orlando, Florida, but she helps train law professionals all across the country on the latest and greatest technology. In her experience, she sees three areas that are causing lawyers a great deal of concern when it comes to managing a 21st-century law practice.
The first is keeping up with technology. So much changes so quickly and while keeping up can be hard, falling behind has even more severe consequences.The second, is that lawyers are very stressed out about missing deadlines—from client deliverables and communications to filings and court dates—there are a lot of critical dates involved in managing a practice. Technology can help make that easier.
And the third big challenge is managing their firm’s data. In every firm, there’s a lot of information and keeping it sorted and organized can be overwhelming. That’s why she describes Clio as a dream product.
“Clio is very easy to use. I’ve done a lot of training with lawyers but other than getting them comfortable with working in the cloud, I don’t really have to do a lot when it comes to helping them transition to Clio,” she adds. “It is well designed, almost anyone can figure out how to use it, and it truly makes sense for lawyers. That’s really what sets it apart.”
As both a Clio Certified Consultant and a legal technology consultant in general, Adriana needs to be able to know that she’s providing her clients with solutions that meet their needs.
“I need to be able to tell my clients that this is going to work for their practice and really mean it. And not one of the firms that I helped with implementing Clio has turned away from it.”
Looking to the future, Adriana believes that the practice of law will continue to be augmented and improved through the use of new tools and technologies. For her, the legal profession is about providing solutions and service for clients—technology enables that, addresses the challenges today’s lawyers face, and empowers them to be better attorneys.
“Tech doesn’t change the practice of law, it enhances it,” Adriana concludes, “And tools like Clio are here to make practicing law easier.”