I started working at Clio late in 2012. It was not a small decision to transition to Clio. I was disrupting my personal life, moving literally across the entire continent to start building something new.
Why did I make this decision?
To say that the legal sphere is undergoing changes would be a gross understatement. If you want to know more about this, I highly recommend Richard Susskind’s, “The End of Lawyers?”. I was seeing this change personally, from underfunded courts to vast corporations relying on a shrinking number of law firms – each desperately clinging to unrealistic profit margins.
I also see all the people being left behind. There is a public unable to afford basic legal services. There are dedicated, small firm lawyers struggling in an antiquated system that does not respect innovation. There are whole classes of law students lacking the mentorship and training they should have received in school.
There are large problems in the legal sphere.
I honestly believe Clio can help with some of these problems. Clio has taken legal software out of the doldrums it has languished in since the 1990’s. They work hard to bring a modern understanding of design and usability to the product. Clio also understands that lawyers need to change the way they work, if they want to survive. This platform helps enable that change. It reduces administrative overhead, creates better billing and encourages efficiency without sacrificing competency.
Clio is also helping students learn the skills they need while still in school. For years, law students have been left to learn the practice of law on their own. Law schools teach little practical knowledge; graduating students unfit to be lawyers. Clio is helping change this by providing an environment where students and teachers can work together on real legal activities.
After years of researching the changing legal sphere, I saw that someone was taking action to make things better. Clio is a company on the precipice of great things. How could I not drop everything to be a part of that?