“Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by
the seeds you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

Dear Solo and Small Firm Practitioners,

When reflecting back, many of us may think that describing our life in 2012 as “interesting times” could be quite an understatement. Both the economic and meteorological tumult has been extreme. But we have persevered. On November 8, 2012, a mere week post-Sandy and the morning after a follow-up Nor'easter, over 200 people made their way to the New York City Bar to attend the Ninth Annual Small Law Firm Symposium. I would like to thank you for your participation and your enthusiasm. You have all helped make the Symposium a success, and have proven that when it comes to solo and small firm lawyers, we remain undaunted, unshaken and ever so determined, even when half of our city is still under water.

Thank you also to so many of you who have joined to volunteer and help the City Bar Justice Center in its efforts to untangle legal issues for New Yorkers affected by the storm. As we re-evaluate our practice at the end of the year and consider some of our best and worst decisions, the “people” factor cannot be underestimated. In the midst of our concerns about whether our practice will financially succeed, we should not ignore one really important point. As small firm lawyers who most often address the legal needs of individuals, we are uniquely situated to recognize when help is needed, to provide a safe space for a client to express his or her legal concerns, to help him or her navigate the often difficult and confusing legal issues involved and to really make a positive difference in that person's life. That is truly invaluable.

Wishing all of you a Joyous Holiday Season and a Happy New Year,

Alla Roytberg

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.

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Small Law Firm luncheon
Integrated Networking - Online and Offline - Makes Sense
Thursday, December 13, 2012 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Do you think that LinkedIn is in one world and eating lunch with prospects is another? If you do, think again. To maximize your networking, prospecting and selling time, and your firm's value proposition, you should be integrating activities in the online and offline worlds. This session will explain the where, why, what and how to create and implement an integrated networking plan between LinkedIn and person-to-person networking.

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

Speaker: Marc W. Halpert, Connect2Collaborate

Registration by December 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

How to Become a Judge
Saturday, December 1, 2012 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Business Development Skills for Women of Color
Monday, December 10, 2012 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

The Environmental and Energy Challenges
Facing the United States

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Small Law Firm Luncheon
Integrated Networking - Online and Off - Makes Sense
Thursday, December 13, 2012 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM


Family Issues in LGBT Parenting
Thursday, December 6, 2012 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Current Legal Ethical Issues
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

iPad for Transactional Lawyers
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

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