Growing a business and supporting a community
Karine E. Sokpoh, Managing Attorney at 402 Legal, started her law firm two years out of law school. Despite not feeling prepared to manage the business side of her practice, the firm has flourished. Aside from growth, Karine’s greatest source of pride is the wider impact her firm has had in her community.
Originally from Togo, Karine knows what it means to immigrate to a new country, what it means to uproot from your network, family connections, and social capital, and what it means to have to rebuild and start a new narrative for oneself. She also knows how important it is to have the support of others in building new opportunities.
How Clio supports 402 Legal in helping others
As the first winner of the Reisman Award for Diversity and Inclusion, Karine has been involved in several initiatives throughout her education and career. She currently leads Pitch Black, a Shark Tank-style competition in Omaha where BIPOC entrepreneurs can pitch their ideas, get coaching, participate in workshops, secure funding, and earn bragging rights for their business.
Karine also led the Midlands Bar Association, an association for Black attorneys in Nebraska, supporting the local bar association in helping new Black attorneys entering the profession, as well as providing pro bono legal services through Law Day and the Volunteer Lawyer Project.
1. Reducing the burden of administrative work
Running a business takes up a lot of time and energy that Karine would rather be putting towards her most important work, like supporting her clients and her community. Clio reduces the burden of administrative work so that she can focus on her passion.
2. Making it easy to bill and collect payments from clients
It’s not uncommon for law firms to spend days on billing. Without the right tools, generating, approving, sending, and collecting payments requires a lot of repetitive work that needs to be done for each and every client.
3. No more spreadsheets to manage and keep track of her work
Karine hates having to manually input and keep track of numbers—especially given how time-consuming it is. Clio takes that work off her plate, while giving her a better way to manage her firm’s finances.
4. Easy to set up—and more affordable than other software
Karine looked at multiple software solutions when she started 402 Legal, but she liked how easy it was to customize Clio to suit her needs. She quickly set up templates in Clio that eliminated the need to regularly retype information for routine tasks.
“We chose Clio over the competition because it’s easy to use and set up, and the cost was on point.”
5. Automate work across 200+ integrated apps
With the number of immigration cases that 402 Legal deals with, DocketWise provides a range of purpose-built features that are invaluable to Karine and her firm. Since DocketWise integrates directly with Clio, the two platforms can share information, saving her from having to retype information in more than one place.
How 402 Legal plans to automate more with Clio Grow
Karine and her firm have just purchased Clio Grow to help automate follow-ups with clients after a consultation and when they first reach out through her website.
As a dedicated intake software, Clio Grow will help keep track of all prospective clients in one place, while opening opportunities to set up online intake forms and handle e-signatures. The goal is to open up even more time to focus on the impactful work Karine and her team loves best.