2013 APRIL


"There is no such thing as a good tax." - Winston Churchill

Dear Solo and Small Firm Practitioners,

Welcome to April of 2013. Our April calendar is packed with practice management events and networking opportunities. Don't miss the Business and Commercial Mediation Luncheon on April 18. It will help you understand how to expand your practice by adding a role as a consulting attorney while helping clients save money.

Our Mentoring Circles have been ongoing since October of 2012. The MCircles are designed to provide group mentorship and brainstorming within concrete practice areas for solo and small firm practitioners. Registration for MCircles closed very quickly last summer. If you are interested in joining for next year, you have the unique opportunity to sample the Mentoring Circles in April and June. If you would like to attend a Litigation Breakfast Circle meeting in April or June please email Ginger Trunkes at vtrunkes@skhmlaw.com. For Corporate Breakfast Circle email Kimberly Pallson at klensey@gmail.com. For General Practice Circle email Jeff Margolis at jamargolis@margolislawfirm.com. If you have any general questions about mentorship circles, please email me at aroytberg@nycbar.org. To learn more about MCircles click here. After June the MCircles will be on break until September.

Finally, please save the date for the Small Law Firm Committee's CLE program, entitled "Best Practices for Solo Practitioners & Small Law Firms: Ethical Concerns & More", which will take place on May 7, 2013.

With Best Wishes for a pleasant month of April,

Alla Roytberg
Director of the NYC Bar Small Law Firm Center

Save the Date!

Small Law Firm Luncheon
Sustainable Business Growth for the Attorney-Entrepreneur

Thursday, May 16, 2013
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Interested in Contributing to the Small Law Firm Center eNewsletter?

We are currently accepting submissions of substantive and informative articles for inclusion in future Small Law Firm Center eNewsletters.

For more information or if you are interested in submitting an article, please email alla_roytberg@nycbar.org.

Small Law Firm Vendor Program

We are currently in the process of expanding the Small Law Firm Vendor program and would appreciate it if you spread the word and recommend your firm's favorite qualified vendors.

This pilot program has been established by the Small Law Firm Center of the NYC Bar in collaboration with its Committee on Small Law Firms to help members obtain services from Small Business Vendors.

Vendors must provide law-related goods and services in certain specified areas as well as a significant added value to NYC Bar members, which may consist of preferred pricing, expedited or free delivery, extension of volume discounts, product add-ons, free or no fee services, service warranties and guarantees, or the provision of such other items or services that are otherwise not generally available to small law firms.

To qualify as a small business vendor, participant must have had either gross sales under $500,000 or less that 12 full-time employees in a prior calendar year. All Vendors are required to provide 2 NYC Bar member references. These references are verified by members of the Committee on Small Law Firms. If you know a vendor who is interested in participating in this directory please send an email to the Small Law Firm Center Director, Alla Roytberg at aroytberg@nycbar.org.

Our Pilot Mentoring Program for Solo and Small Firm Practitioners Continues

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 pilot mentoring program.

This is 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.

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 "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.

Join our Virtual Small Law Firm Center Community on LinkedIn!

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

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March 2013 Small Law Firm Events!

Smart Marketing Series
How to Use the Internet to Compete and Win
Tuesday, April 2, 2013 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

The Internet and technology are leveling the playing field: solos and smaller firms can compete successfully with larger firms. Today's discussion focuses on using technology to meet client demands for better communication practices and more involvement in the legal process related to their matter.

Speaker: Carol Schiro Greenwald, Consultant, MarketingPartners

The fee, which includes breakfast, is $15 for members, $30 for non-members. Please click HERE to register online.

Small Law Firm Luncheon
Business and Commercial Mediation: Expand Your Practice By Adding A Role As Consulting Attorney While Helping Clients Save Money
Thursday, April 18, 2013 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 Business and Commercial Mediation process. Topics will include: a brief overview of the commercial mediation process; hot tips for lawyers whose clients are involved in mediation; how lawyers can use mediation to their advantage and help their clients before, during and after the mediation process.

Moderator: Mark A. Josephson, Murray & Josephson, CPAs, LLC

Speakers: Stephen A. Hochman, former founding partner of Kramer, Levin, Naftalis & Frankel; Mediator/Arbitrator (concentrating in corporate, commercial and securities law; has mediated over 350 matters)
Alla Roytberg, Attorney/Mediator, The Law Firm and Mediation Practice of Alla Roytberg, P.C., Past President of the Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York.

Registration by April 10 is requested. The fee, which includes lunch, is $35 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.

Smart Marketing Series
How to Use the Internet to Compete and Win
Tuesday, April 2, 2013 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Professional Development Workshop Series
How Best to Convey Your Message in Meetings, Conference Calls or Any Conversation
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 8:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Small Law Firm Luncheon
Business and Commercial Mediation: Expand Your Practice By Adding A Role As Consulting Attorney While Helping Clients Save Money
Thursday, April 18, 2013 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM


Blogging, Friending & Tweeting: What Attorneys Should & Should Not Do
Tuesday, April 2, 2013 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Employment & Severance Agreements: What Both Employment & ERISA Attorneys Need To Know
Thursday, April 4, 2013 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Current Legal Ethical Issues - Professor Stephen Gillers
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 6:00 PM to 8:05 PM

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