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Clio Cloud Conference 2016 is right around the corner, and I can’t wait. TBD Law aside, it may be the best law practice conference of the year for its great keynotes (four of them!), useful sessions, hands-on learning opportunities for Clio users, and excellent after-hours food and entertainment.

I’ve been to every Clio Cloud Conference so far, so here are five tips for getting the most out of it:

  1. If you don’t use Clio, don’t worry. Just stick to the legal technology and business of law tracks. The Clio-specific content is in CEO Jack Newton’s opening remarks and the Clio University tracks.
  2. If you do use Clio, bring your problems. Clio developers will be on hand to do the hardest thing I can imagine: watch people use their product. They can help you solve problems on the spot, but they are also looking for opportunities to cure users’ pain points. By the end of the two-day conference, Newton will probably announce updates the team has made during the conference in response to feedback.
  3. Go to the after-hours events. The optional Clio After Dark events are awesome. Look for details when you check in so you don’t miss out. This year’s Monday night party at Carnivale is included with your ticket. Tickets for Tuesday night at Howl at the Moon for food and live music are extra, but sure to be worth it.
  4. Grab a hangover kit in the morning. Speaking of after hours, Clio throws some excellent parties after the sessions are done for the day. Plan to go out and stay out. To help you freshen up in the morning, there will be hangover kits.
  5. Leave your family at home. Or if you do bring your family, make sure they know they won’t see you for two days. Day or night, there isn’t really anything you will want to skip.

If you don’t already have a ticket, you can still get one. Use this link for $150 off the price. If you aren’t sure whether you should go, here’s my pitch.

If you use Clio, go. It’s a no-brainer. The energy and excitement Clio brings to this conference is probably unlike any other legal conference you’ve been to, and the whole point is to take good care of Clio users (which is why your ticket is worth much more than the price of admission). You’ll learn a ton, and the conference will probably pay for itself when you get back to your office and apply what you learned.

If you don’t use Clio but you are considering it, the Clio Cloud Conference is also a great idea. If you decide to use Clio, you will get a big head start. If you decide not to, you won’t have any doubts because you will have seen it, tried it, and talked to other lawyers who use it every day. And you will still learn a lot and take home a bunch of ideas inspired by the keynotes.

If you don’t use Clio and don’t want to, the Clio Cloud Conference is, I admit, less obviously compelling. But you’ll still get inspired by the keynotes, learn lots in the breakout sessions, and have a great time at the after-hours events. After all, I don’t use Clio and I look forward to this conference all year.

In short, go. You won’t regret it.1

Full disclosure: Lawyerist is a media partner for the Clio Cloud Conference this year, which means we get our logo on the conference materials and Clio is flying me to Chicago, putting me up in a nice hotel, and there will probably be a nice care package in my room when I arrive, as in years past.

  1. Although if you do I fully expect to hear about it. 

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