2011 FEBRUARY

A NOTE FROM THE SLFC DIRECTOR

¡§Whatever you are be a good one.'' ¡V Abraham Lincoln

Dear Solo and Small Firm Practitioners,

The two main holidays in the month of February are associated with love and with two of the great leaders who helped shape our nation. February 14th connects us with those who are dear to us, and George Washington and Abraham Lincoln remind us of why many of us love what we do for a living. Solos and small firms often help some of the neediest New Yorkers - people of moderate means. Many of our clients are able to support themselves and their families, but just barely. They do not qualify for pro bono legal representation, but cannot afford to pay the fees charged by larger law firms. So they come to us and ask us, especially in this economic climate, to change our fee structure, to give them a level of certainty about how much they would have to pay in order to purchase their home, pursue a lawsuit against a corporation or finalize a divorce. We would like to help them, but are often afraid that switching to alternate billing would negatively impact our bottom lines. As we continue to struggle to find appropriate billing arrangements I invite all of you to participate in collective brainstorming by posting your comments on our LinkedIn and Facebook pages and sending me suggestions by email, which I can then post and/or circulate among members of our Small Law Firm community at the New York City Bar. I hope to hear from you soon.

With Best Regards, Alla Roytberg



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.

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


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.


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SAVE THE DATE!

Effective Technology for the Small Law Firm Luncheon:
Session II: Computer and Data Security
Thursday, February 10, 2011 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Your computer and data are at risk --- from hackers, from equipment failure, and from human error. In this luncheon you will learn what steps you need to take to protect your computer and data from intrusion and loss. This is a second program of a three-part series.

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

Speaker:
Joseph Caruso
Global Digital Forensics

Sponsored by:

Registration by February 7 is necessary. The fee, which includes lunch, is $30 for members, $50 for non-members. Please click HERE to register online.


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.


SAVE THE DATE!

Effective Technology for the Small Law Firm Luncheon
Session III: Data Retention, Data Destruction and Disaster Recovery

Thursday, March 17, 2011 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM


Friday Evening Chamber Music
Friday, February 4, 2011 6:00 PM

The Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Distinguished Lecture on Women and the Law
"Gender and the Law Stories: Learning from Longstanding Debates"
Monday, February 7, 2011 6:00 PM Reception
7:00 PM Lecture

Effective Technology for the Small Law Firm Luncheon
Session II: Computer and Data Security
Thursday, February 10, 2011 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Trivia Night
Lawyers Connect - First Thursdays
Thursday, February 10, 2011 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

New York Environmental Law Year in Review
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

The Art of Schmoozing
Monday, February 28, 2011 6:30 PM


Surviving the Residential Real Estate Closing
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Practicing in NYS Supreme Court - Video Replay
Wedensday, February 16, 2011 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Professional Development Workshop
An Objective Approach to Legal Editing
Thursday, February 17, 2011 8:30 AM - 10:15 AM

A How-To Guide to Fiduciary Accountings - Video Replay
Thursday, February 24, 2011 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM


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