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The Secure Cloud and Clio

The legal field has changed dramatically with the advent of technology. This change did not happen overnight. In fact, law firms took their time to adapt to this change. Security and confidentiality for client matters are reasons why law firms showed reluctance to embrace openly the rapid growth in technology in the legal arena. However, now, due to cloud computing and other tools, lawyers are confident to embrace these changes, and it turns out 27 states have adopted “the duty of technology competence”, which requires lawyers to know the changes in the legal practice in relation to the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology, and 20 states have even issued ethics opinions that permit cloud computing.

Clio is a practice management software that has been successful in the legal industry. The article, “Legal Computing: Where Are We Now”, mentioned that in 2008 there were doubts amongst lawyers of clouds security, but today it is generally affirmed that cloud is “more secure than on-premise solutions”. The reason why law firms are confidant with a practice management software like Clio is because Clio spends a bunch of money each year on security and a dedicated security team, all to protect a client’s data.

Clio is an important tool for attorneys not only because of security reasons but also because it provides many useful features for an attorney. For instance, Clio CEO addressed at a conference recently that Clio has created “a billable hour benchmarking tool so attorneys can compare their rates across a jurisdiction.” In addition, the billable hours could also be compared to other attorney rates in “urban and rural areas as pegged to inflation.” A 2017 study in that same article revealed that lawyers use only “28 percent of an eight-hour work day for billable work.”

Clio and other tools are important for attorneys, especially now. They make the practice of law more efficient and affordable. What was once considered reluctance to embrace a significant change has now turned into a need for the legal industry. Law firms can focus on time management and efficiency with these new changes, and firms can also be confident that security and confidentiality of their clients are not at risk.

-Ronique Padda