Montgomery, Alabama & Vancouver, British Columbia, January 27, 2012 – The Alabama State Bar has entered an Affinity Partnership that allows its members to subscribe to Clio, a web-based practice management system designed especially for solo practitioners and smaller law firms, at discounted rates.
"Clio provides our members with a cutting-edge technology to help them manage their law practices. Emerging technology like this can help smaller firms adapt to a changing professional environment," said State Bar President James R. Pratt, III, Birmingham (Hare Wynn Newell & Newton LLP). "We are pleased to offer this practical benefit to our members."
For smaller firms, the costs of purchasing software, upgrading it periodically and hiring technology support staff can be costly. Clio allows smaller firms to access a highly secure, sophisticated practice management system for an affordable monthly fee. Upgrades to Clio are automatically applied for users when they log in. Product support is included in the subscription cost.
Using bank-grade 256-bit SSL encryption for security, Clio is Internet- or "cloud-based," making it accessible on PC or Mac computers, smart phones and tablets. As a result, attorneys can easily update their calendars and tasks, manage cases and documents, track trust and operating accounts, record their hours, and prepare customized bills.
The state bar has, for some time, recognized that new legal technology offers both challenges and opportunities to solo practitioners and small firms. Pratt said the ASB’s Practice Management Assistance Program (PMAP) supports smaller firms with technology-related issues. PMAP suggested providing services such as Clio for practitioners whose individual investment in technological solutions is not economically feasible.
Jack Newton, president of Clio, said, "We are proud to announce that the Alabama State Bar is participating in the Clio Bar Affinity Program. Bar associations across North America are realizing that cloud-based technology is becoming integral to their members’ success, not only as legal professionals, but as business owners."
State Bar members are eligible for a 10 percent ongoing discount on Clio, making the system available for $44 a month per attorney and $22 a month for each support staff person. Members can try Clio for free for 30 days.
The Alabama State Bar has Affinity Partnerships with a number of law-related companies, allowing members to qualify for discounted rates for technology, health insurance and research services. For information about Clio and other member benefits, see www.alabar.org/memberbenefits.
The 16,900-member Alabama State Bar is dedicated to promoting the professional responsibility, competence and satisfaction of its members, improving the administration of justice and increasing public understanding and respect for the law.
Clio, a comprehensive web-based practice management Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) product, is specifically designed for solo practitioners and small law firms using PCs and Macs. It can be accessed from any Internet-enabled computer or mobile device.
Secure and easy-to-use, Clio provides case/matter management, time tracking, billing/reporting, client contact and document management, task scheduling, trust accounting, and performance metrics for independent lawyers to benchmark their business goals. In addition, Clio includes Clio Connect, a secure portal for document sharing and collaboration with clients, and Clio Express, an offline time capture application.
Clio’s parent company, Themis Solutions Inc., is based in Vancouver, British Columbia. The company was founded by Jack Newton and Rian Gauvreau. Visit www.goclio.com,
email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 1-888-858-CLIO or follow on Twitter @goclio.