2011 DECEMBER

A NOTE FROM THE SLFC DIRECTOR

“Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dear Solo and Small Firm Practitioners,

For many of us 2011 was the year of hopes and expectations that did not quite fulfill itself in a right way. Yes, for most of us, our practices have managed to withstand the economic storms, but just barely so. By now, many of us feel that we have exhausted all possible avenues of creativity in our attempts to market our firms, manage overhead and provide incentives for clients who still struggle to pay their bills. In fact, many of them are out of jobs, needing our help and yet unable to fairly compensate us for our hard work.

Your record attendance at last month's Law Practice Management Symposium at the NYC Bar has demonstrated a great need for guidance in practice management, networking and mentorship. We hear you and we are here to help. Please join our networking groups, request a mentor or schedule a time to meet with me to discuss your practice. The best way to reach me is by email, at aroytberg@nycbar.org.

December is the month when many of us slow down a bit, review what we have accomplished during the year and take a well-deserved break amid family and friends. And with renewed energy we will surely achieve much in 2012.

Wishing you peace, joy and good cheer during the holidays,

Alla Roytberg


Save the Date!

Small Law Firm Luncheon
January 12, 2012
Untangling the “Tax Knot” for
the Small Firm and Solo Practitioner


New Member Benefit

NexFirm empowers attorneys to successfully launch their own law practice. The process begins as NexFirm helps you create a robust launch plan and financial strategy, and continues as all operational responsibilities from finance and accounting, to IT & telecommunications, to website and marketing and much more, is seamlessly handled so that you can focus on building a successful practice. NexFirm will save you money and time, and help you create a more professionally managed firm, but most importantly will increase your chances for success.


NYC Bar Members Count on FedEx This Holiday Season

Whatever your needs this holiday season, you can count on FedEx to deliver. Whether you have gifts to send or orders to fulfill, FedEx has the solutions to help you get it done on time. Plus, get NYC Bar member discounts on select shipping and business services through the FedEx AdvantageR Program.

  • Deliver On Time: Specify time-definite delivery in the U.S. and around the world with FedEx Express, or choose FedEx Ground for delivery in 1 to 5 business days within the contiguous U.S., based on the distance to the destination.
  • Home Delivery: FedEx Home DeliveryR is the only service of its kind dedicated to residential customers and is faster to more residential locations than UPS Ground.
  • Hold at Location: FedEx ExpressR, FedEx GroundR and FedEx Home Delivery packages can now be delivered – or even redirected in-transit – and held for pickup at the recipient's convenience. Packages may be held at to up to 2,400 FedEx locations, including many FedEx Office centers.

To enroll today, go to http://enrolladvantage.fedex.com/4979 and enter passcode BFBBTW. To speak to your dedicated shipping program administrator, or if you have questions about how you can save on your holiday needs, call 1-800-MEMBERS (1.800.636.2377, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM EST, M-F).


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.


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 new 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.


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.

or

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


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.


SAVE THE DATE!

Small Law Firm Luncheon
Growing in Tough Times: Why Should I Learn to Use Social Media Effectively?
Thursday, December 15, 2011 12:30 - 2:00pm

Social media websites can be a cost-effective way to promote your expertise. Our panelists will discuss how to use the tools available through LinkedIn, Facebook, lawyer business and hiring sites, other venues that allow you to showcase your experience and areas of interest, and how to do so while staying within the ethical guidelines.

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

Panelists:
John McCarron Jr., Esq.
Montes & McCarron;
Carol Schiro Greenwald
Consultant, MarketingPartners

Sponsored by:

Registration by December 12 is necessary. The fee, which includes lunch, is $35 for members, $50 for non-members. Please click HERE to register online.


The Legal Referral Service Holiday Party Invitation for Small Firm Practitioners
Come Celebrate with LRS!

The LRS at the NYC Bar warmly invites Solo and Small Firm Practitioners to attend its 27th Annual Holiday Party. Come and join us for music and delicious food. Don't miss this opportunity to network with members of the LRS Committee, LRS staff and Panel Members. The party will take place on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at the NYC Bar. If you would like to attend you need to RSVP by December 7. Please send your name, number of people attending and check or credit card information in the amount of $50 per person payable to “The Legal Referral Service” to:

Maia Hyary
Legal Referral Service
42 West 44 th Street
New York, NY 10036
Telephone: (212)382-4716
Fax: (212)575-5676
Email: mhyary@nycbar.org


A BENEFIT FOR MEMBERS
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.


Starting Early: Your Career Plan
Wednesday, December 7, 2011 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

The Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Distinguished Lecture on Women and the Law
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Small Law Firm Luncheon
Growing Your Practice: Growing in Tough Times: Why Should I Learn to Use Social Media Effectively?
Thursday, December 15, 2011 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Contemplative Lawyers Group: Empathy and Compassion as Lawyering Skills
Thursday, December 15, 2011 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM




Ethical Boundaries For Litigators
Tuesday, December 6, 2011 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

A Practical Guide to LLC's
Friday, December 9, 2011 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Current Legal Ethical Issues
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

A How-To Guide to Fiduciary Accountings
(Video Replay)

Monday, December 19, 2011 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM


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