I’ll be attending the Clio Cloud Conference this Sunday through next Tuesday in Chicago.

Clio, a leading cloud based practice management solution, is probably right in billing “Clio Con” as the legal industry’s top conference. As a three year veteran, I can personally vouche for the tremendous experience of hanging out with business, legal and technology leaders for a few days.

Of course you’ll learn (and get CLE credits) in the educational sessions, but it’s the ideas you generate, the camaraderie and the fire you leave a conference with that makes an event special. Clio Con brings this in spades.

Though Clio’s users are primarily small and medium sized law firms,  the talks and keynotes on technology and innovation are thought provoking for lawyers and legal professionals from firms of all sizes. For those of you in Chicago, Clio Con is only a short walk or L ride to the Radisson Blu, just East of Michigan on the River.

Clio has invited over 40 industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators to speak at Clio Con. Keynote speakers include:

  • Gary Vaynerchuk, best selling author, entrepreneur, investor, public speaker, and internet personality
  • Kimberley Motley, first foreign litigator in Afghanistan, TED Speaker, and Founder, Motley Legal
  • Melanie Heller, Vice President and General Manager, Bloomberg Law
  • David Leary, Small Business Ecosystem Evangelist at Intuit

I really liked it last year where anyone who wanted to could sit around a conference room and “shoot the sh..” with the keynoter’s for an hour or two. I hope they’ll do it again.

Like Avvo’s conferences, Clio Con gives you a window into what it’s like bringing new technology to life in an emerging growth company. You’ll hear from Clio team leaders as to what they’re working on, the challenges they face and what their team is launching now and plans to launch in the coming year. This dialogue is not only fun to sit in for those not in the tech industry, but also provides valuable feedback for the Clio team.

Last but not least are the parties, food and drink. Clio CEO, Jack Newton and his team are known for the social side of conferences – whether it’s their conference or someone else’s. I’m convinced it’s because they’re Canucks – work yes, but have fun and welcome folks with open arms.

LexBlog is again serving as a Media Partner for Clio Con. Look for our coverage, including session stories on LXBN and Facebook Live interviews with speakers and attendees.

Yet to register? Use the LexBlog Discount Code on the Registration Page.

P.S. I’ll be in Chicago through Friday meeting with LexBlog Network members, other law firms and speaking Thursday at a Legal Innovation and Tech Meetup at Microsoft with a LexBlog Beer for Bloggers afterwards. Let me know if you’d like to get together.