"Announced by all the trumpets of the sky,
Arrives the snow..." – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dear Solo and Small Firm Practitioners,

I would like to thank the many of you who attended and participated in our 10th Annual Small Law Firm Symposium on November 14. You bravely shared your struggles and successes with our panelists and each other during our 9 workshops. You networked and brainstormed during our breaks. You provided me with valuable feedback. I was happy to see that the Small Law Firm Center of the New York City Bar has now become not only your resource of information, but also a "community center" and a networking hub for solo and small firm practitioners. This is exactly what many of us need so desperately as we transition into and grow our own law firms, - a vibrant group of colleagues with whom we can share our trials and tribulations.

I am thrilled to announce that our Member Exclusive Virtual Law Firm Program has been launched. Now you can have your own law firm presence at 43 West 43rd Street, New York, NY. To learn more and register for the program please see below or click here.

I also welcome your suggestions for future events and invite you to meet with me for brainstorming sessions.

Finally, I would like to wish all of you a Joyous Holiday Season and a Happy New Year.

Alla Roytberg

Save the Date!

Small Law Firm Luncheon
Tax 2014 - Higher Taxes, More Tax Compliance, What Small Law Firms and Solo Practitioners Need to Know

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

NYC Bar Member Exclusive Virtual Law Firm Program
"Member Exclusive VLF"

  • Are you a solo practitioner who needs a virtual office?
  • Do you already pay for a virtual office, but attend NYC Bar networking events, use the NYC Bar library for research and meet clients in the Small Law Firm Center Conference Rooms?
  • Are you a law firm that would like a Midtown Manhattan Office presence?

Now you can complete the picture by having a virtual office at your New York City Bar home as well. The NYC Bar is uniquely positioned to offer its members so much more than a mere "office presence", a "maildrop" or an "address"! For a mere $75 per month add-on to your dues, you can:

  • Provide your clients with your personal Manhattan Address, e.g. "The Law Firm of John Smith, 43 West 43rd Street, NY NY"
  • Your mail and deliveries will be collected and retained for your pickup in a secure location and can be retrieved by you Monday-Friday during the Library's open hours
  • Mail detail (daily description of mail origin) - $15 per month additional
  • Mail can be forwarded to an address of your choice (shipping additional fees apply)
  • Sign up by December 31 and prepay for 1 year to receive a $150 discount and one free admission to the Small Law Firm Law Practice Management Symposium or one Networking Luncheon of your choice.
  • Sign up by December 31 for monthly automated billing to your credit card, and receive one free admission to the Small Law Firm Practice Management Symposium or one Networking Luncheon of your choice.

To sign up for the Virtual Law Firm Program please click here. If you have any questions about the Member Exclusive VLF please email aroytberg@nycbar.org.

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.

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.

Click HERE to visit us on LinkedIn.


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

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Save the Date!

Small Law Firm Luncheon
Networking Tips to Maximize Holiday Partying
Thursday, December 19, 2013 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Are you maximizing your holiday networking? Do you plan ahead of time? Do you follow-up afterwards? Our speakers will give you tips to make your networking more effective all year long, but especially during the holiday season when colleagues and clients offer many opportunities to network for fun and profit.

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

Marcia Golden, President DGD Golden
Alla Roytberg, The Law Firm and Mediation Practice of Alla Roytberg, P.C.
Carol Schiro Greenwald, PD.D, MarketingPartners

Registration by December 15 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.

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.

Lawyer to Entrepreneur in 2014
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Mentoring Circles Meeting
Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 8:30 AM

Small Law Firm Luncheon
Networking Tips to Maximize Holiday Partying
Thursday, December 19, 2013, 12:30 PM- 2:00 PM


Current Legal Ethical Issues with Professor Stephen Gillers
Thursday, December 12, 2013, 9:00 AM - 11:05 AM

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