2011 APRIL


ˇ§The charity that is a trifle to us can be precious to others.ˇ¨
ˇV Homer

Dear Solo and Small Firm Practitioners,

Although April is clearly upon us, both the weather and our planet have not yet become sufficiently optimistic to announce the arrival of spring. As the world around us is enveloped in wars and revolts, tsunamis and environmental disasters, our daily hassles, ability to collect money from clients, getting our taxes finished in time and fretting over our law practice management issues all appear quite trivial in comparison.

The City Bar Justice Center of the New York City Bar is profoundly involved in helping those who are in need. By participating in one of their projects you can improve your knowledge of a legal practice area, earn CLE credits, and, most importantly, make a real difference.

Announcing A New Member Benefit!

One Medical Group ˇV Special Discount for New York City Bar Members

One Medical is not your typical doctorˇ¦s office. We offer:

  • Same-day appointments that start on time
  • Access to a trusted team of primary care doctors
  • Convenient Midtown and Downtown office locations
  • Email access to your doctor and our staff and other online services
We accept most forms of PPO and HMO insurance. Our patients support our practice with an annual membership fee of $199, which allows us to offer services not covered by insurance.

City Bar members, take 20% off your first year. Enter code: NYCBARX201 during registration at www.onemedical.com.

This offer is for new memberships only and cannot be combined with other offers. Expires 12/31/11.

A New Pilot Mentoring Program for Solo and Small Firm Practitioners

Dear Solo and Small Firm Practitioners,

A number of Association members have been seeking to connect with more experienced lawyers as mentors when handling matters in a particular area of law. In order to provide a means of matching lawyers with potential mentors, the New York City Bar has developed a new pilot mentoring program.

This will be a joint program of the Small Law Firm Center and the Legal Referral Service. If you believe you would benefit from the guidance of a mentor in a practice area, you may request to be paired up with a mentor, who is a panel member of the Legal Referral Service. Once your mentor is assigned, you can begin your mentor /mentee relationship on the following terms:

1. You may schedule meetings and/or telephone conferences with the mentor, during which you can ask specific substantive legal or practice related questions. For this type of service the mentors who are members of the LRS panel have graciously agreed to accept a reduced hourly fee of $100, which shall be paid by the mentee.

2. You may agree to co-counsel a case with the mentor based upon a mutually beneficial arrangement, which divides the work load and the fees from a particular client, subject to the LRS rules of panel membership.

3. The ability to help on any specific legal matter will depend upon the availability of a suitable mentor at the time that the request is received.

For more information and to apply, email aroytberg@nycbar.org.

Join our Virtual Small Law Firm Center Community on Facebook and LinkedIn!

Exchange practice management ideas, learn about upcoming events, ask questions, post discussions. Spread the news about your practice among your colleagues.

Click HERE to join our Facebook community.

Click HERE to visit us on LinkedIn.


Go to the New York City Bar Association Social Media Page
Then click on the links for the Small law Firm Center under FACEBOOK and under LINKEDIN

Practice Management Consultations

As a Member Benefit of the NYC Bar, any member who is interested in starting and/or growing his/her small law firm is entitled to one free practice management /brainstorming session with Alla Roytberg, Director of the Small Law Firm Center. If further consultations are needed, NYC Bar members can schedule additional consultations with Alla Roytberg at a discounted consultation fee of $50 per consultation. Payment should be by check made payable to "The New York City Bar" in advance of each consultation. A consultation would last up to one hour, as needed. To schedule a consultation email aroytberg@nycbar.org.

Are You Getting the Most Out of Your City Bar Membership?

Download the Small Law Firm Center Fact Sheet to see if you are taking advantage of everything the City Bar has to offer.


Small Law Firm Luncheon: Family and Divorce Mediation
Expanding Your Practice While Helping Clients Save Money
Thursday, April 28, 2011 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Learn how solos and small firm practitioners can complement their practice areas by acting as counsel to clients during a Family or Divorce Mediation process. Topics will include: a brief overview of the mediation process; hot tips for lawyers whose clients are involved in mediation; how lawyers can provide "financial handholding" to their clients including client budgeting and tax issues, before, during and after the mediation process.

Moderator and Speaker: Mark A. Josephson, CPA, CFP, CFE , Murray & Josephson, CPAs, LLC

Speakers: Alla Roytberg , The Law Firm and Mediation Practice of Alla Roytberg, P.C., Attorney/Mediator, Immediate Past President of the Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York

Glenn E. Dornfeld, Attorney/Mediator, Mediation Trainer and Mentor; Past President of the Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York; Past President of the New York State Council on Divorce Mediation.

Sponsored by:

Registration by April 25th is necessary. The fee, which includes lunch, is $30 for members, $50 for non-members. Please click HERE to register online.

ABA Books at 15% Discount to Members of the NYC Bar can now be purchased DIRECTLY from the ABA.

The Small Law Firm Center is pleased to announce that members of the NYC Bar are now able to purchase any book published by the American Bar Association at a 15% discount DIRECTLY from the ABA. To take advantage of this benefit click on the following link, http://www.ababooks.org and enter discount code PAB8ENYC upon checkout.

A Taste of Japan to Support Relief Efforts
Thursday, April 7, 2011 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Smart Marketing Series
Smart Marketing Means Ready, Aim, Fire: Aim with your value proposition and target client (Program 2)
Thursday, April 21, 2011 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Professional Development Workshop
Implementing Project Management to Advance Your Career
Thursday, April 28, 2011 8:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Small Law Firm Luncheon:
Family and Divorce Mediation - Expanding Your Practice While Helping Clients Save Money
Thursday, April 28, 2011 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Talk Your Way To The Top Of The Profession! Public Speaking For Lawyers
Friday, April 15, 2010 9:00 AM - 5:15 PM

Current Legal Ethical Issues
Wednesday, April 27, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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