I discovered Clio in early 2011, when the law school where I worked at the time started to explore better practice management options for its clinical program. As the assistant dean for IT, I led the evaluation process as we looked at various solutions, did some exploratory web demos with a couple vendors, and soon realized that Clio seemed like the best fit for a number of reasons. Chief among them were the intuitive user interface and rich set of features it had even back then. But just as critical was the fact it was cloud-based, which meant we would not have to invest heavily in infrastructure to implement it like we had with the previous solution (chosen before I started working there!).
It turned out that UNC Law became one of the first major Clio Academic Access Program success stories, as our 5 clinics adopted the solution with enthusiasm among students, faculty & clinic staff. Students were thrilled that they could access the cloud-based software via their laptops, anytime and anywhere, whether they used a MacBook or a Windows laptop. Faculty supervising their work appreciated the ease with which they could monitor their students’ work on matters and review documents in progress. Conflict checks were easy to conduct. And for the first time, accurate time keeping started to improve, something the administrative staff very much appreciated.
In the nearly 7 years since, I’ve become a Clio Certified Consultant and have helped numerous other legal clinics implement the solution. The company continues to innovate and improve its software, and in late 2017 it made huge waves throughout the legal industry with the release of the new Clio experience, a complete from-the-gound-up rethinking of its #1 cloud-based practice management solution. In so many ways, Clio rocks!