October 29th, 2009 by Rian Gauvreau
ABA Bestselling Author Jay Foonberg and Clio President Jack Newton Partner to Teach New and Solo Attorneys How to Ethically Manage a Law Practice
Themis Solutions Inc. (http://www.goclio.com) is pleased to announce that it has partnered with prominent attorney and best-selling author Jay Foonberg (www.foonberglaw.com) to deliver an innovative new Continuing Legal Education (CLE) course focused on how to ethically manage a law practice. Themis President Jack Newton and Mr. Foonberg will present the CLE, “Ten Steps to a Happy and Successful Practice,” at the Wisconsin Bar Association’s Solo and Small Firm Conference tomorrow, October 30th.
The CLE course is officially entitled “How to Ethically Manage a New Practice to Enhance Client Relations, Increase Efficiency and Results, and Avoid Ethics and Malpractice Complaints.” Newton and Foonberg are offering the CLE free-of-charge to Bar Associations because they believe strongly that new and solo lawyers must learn how to avoid unnecessary malpractice and ethics complaints, as well as to leverage technology to properly manage a law practice.
Foonberg is a founder of both the American Bar Association’s (ABA’s) and California’s Law Practice Management sections, the ABA’s Solo and Small Firm section, and NALEM (National Academy of Law, Ethics and Management). He is well known for authoring several widely-read practice management books, including How to Start & Build a Law Practice, which continues to be the #1 bestseller for the ABA.
According to Foonberg, “Today’s new lawyers are at a crossroads. Technically speaking, it is critical for them to learn two systems of practicing law: paper-based and digital. They typically receive minimal training in practice management or client relations in law school and are therefore vulnerable to making errors that can lead to costly ethics complaints and malpractice suits. On a national basis, approximately 91% of the complaints filed against lawyers likely never would have been filed had the lawyer properly treated the client. This CLE course directly addresses these concerns, providing practical solutions that can be immediately applied. We have decided to offer this CLE course free-of-charge to Bar Associations because we strongly believe this important information needs to reach as many lawyers as possible.”
Jack Newton, creator of Clio, the leading web-based practice management system (www.goclio.com), is an expert in legal technology and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications for solos and small firms. The combined expertise of both Mr. Newton and Mr. Foonberg render them uniquely qualified to increase lawyer productivity while decreasing client complaints.
Newton remarks: “Throughout his established career, Jay Foonberg has led the charge for new and solo attorneys to learn practice management and client relations skills to help them manage their law practices effectively. When we developed Clio, we had the same goal in mind. In 2008, the findings of the Law Society of British Columbia compelled us to create a web-based system that would reduce or eliminate compliance problems and complaints that troubled small firm lawyers. Clio was the product of this effort. New lawyers and solos are particularly ‘at risk’ for malpractice since they often lack the management, technology and support infrastructure often used by mid-size and large firms. Clio offers new lawyers, solos and small firms an affordable, easy-to-use, easy-to-deploy practice management solution that assists in not only preventing malpractice and compliance issues, but provides a technological edge that can help the lawyer deliver timely and superior service to clients. This CLE course gives new and solo attorneys the distinct advantage of client relations and technology knowledge they need to run their practices with greater confidence and less exposure to risk.”
For more information on the CLE course “How to Ethically Manage a Law Practice”, visit: www.goclio.com/brochures/FoonbergClioCLE.pdf or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
About Themis Solutions and Clio
Themis Solutions Inc. is based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Its flagship product, Clio, is the leading web-based SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) practice management system for solo and small firm attorneys. 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. Visit www.goclio.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-888-858-CLIO.
About Jay Foonberg
Jay Foonberg is an attorney and bestselling author who has written several practice management and client relations books including the ABA’s #1 bestseller, How to Start & Build a Law Practice, as well as How to Get and Keep Good Clients and The ABA Guide to Lawyer Trust Accounts.
Foonberg is also a much sought-after speaker and has led seminars and taught client relations, malpractice prevention, ethics and ethical client development. He is the only person to have taught CLE in all 50 states and on every continent including Antarctica as well as Europe, South America and Asia in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Mr. Foonberg has earned numerous accolades including:
- The Harrison Tweed award from the ABA-PLI Consortium on Continuing Legal Education for being the Most Outstanding CLE Educator in the United States
- The Sam Smith Medal for Lifetime Achievement by the Law Practice Management Section of the ABA
- Don Riklis award for Lifetime Achievement by the General Practice Solo and Small Firm Division of the ABA
- Law Student Division of the ABA for Life Time Achievement.
- Lou Goldberg Award as the Most Outstanding Attorney-CPA in the United States by the American Association of Attorney-CPAs.