Clio donates $1 million to help lawyers navigate pandemic challenges

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Burnaby-based legal technology startup Clio has committed $1 million to help law firms navigate the difficulties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative is aimed to help remove barriers faced by lawyers amid the outbreak.

Funding will focus on financial aid, education resources, free access to Clio technology, and onboarding help.

This funding will provide financial aid, education resources, free access to Clio’s technology, and onboarding help, and more to ensure lawyers (which are considered an essential service) are able to provide clients with the legal help they need. The company is hoping to quickly compress the legal-tech transition process from years into a few weeks.

“As the situation surrounding COVID-19 continues to evolve, some things haven’t changed,” said Jack Newton, CEO and co-founder of Clio. “Clients need their lawyers, some now more than ever.”

A Clio spokesperson told BetaKit the financing will be flexible and based on the needs of those who apply, but will generally fit under four pillars. The first is financial aid for Clio licenses, which gives firms the flexibility to work remotely and ensure business continuity by offsetting the cost of Clio. The second pillar is support with onboarding and implementation of Clio, which moves firms to the cloud via Clio’s software, and offers additional onboarding support to implement the technology.

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The third pillar is financial aid for law firms and legal organizations, which provides financial support to make working in this current reality as productive and seamless as possible. The final pillar is educational support, which offers exceptional educational resources and consulting expertise to help law firms navigate the current landscape.

Clio was founded in 2008 by Newton and Rian Gauvreau. The Burnaby-based company’s goal is to revolutionize “expensive, outdated on-premise solutions” with cloud technology that makes it easier for lawyers to manage firms, cases, and clients. The company raised a $330 million Series D round in September.

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