"The administration of justice is the firmest pillar of government." —George Washington

Dear Solo and Small Firm Practitioners,

As we focus on learning how to run our own businesses, at times, it is easy to forget that we continue to remain members of an honored and ethical profession. Our code of ethics requires us to be honest in our dealings with the courts and with our clients and courteous in dealings with our adversaries. And now, with finances tight and courts in a state of disarray due to budget cuts, it is increasingly more and more challenging to navigate the practice of law in a dignified way.

The New York City Bar, which was established in 1870 specifically to bolster ethics within the legal profession, has several separate committees focused on ethics alone. The Committee on Professional Ethics is quite active in sponsoring educational events and issuing its reports to address ethical dilemmas of the day. You can view the reports by following this link: http://www.nycbar.org/professional-ethics. The New York City Bar's Ethics Hotline (212-382-6624) is staffed by members of that Committee, and it serves to provide guidance to New York lawyers faced with ethical questions. The Small Law Firm Center's Monthly Luncheon on February 16, 2012, entitled "Attorney-Client Privilege and Confidentiality: Challenges with Social Media and E-Communications" will explore the tricky balance between keeping a client satisfied through frequent electronic contact and maintaining attorney-client privilege while doing so.

While sometimes, in view of harsh realities of the business world, it may appear challenging to uphold the highest standards of legal ethics, in the long run, doing so, is most satisfying and ensures professional success.

Wishing all of you a productive month of February,

Alla Roytberg


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Small Law Firm Luncheon
March 8 , 2012
Powerful Productivity for Lawyers: The 8 Essentials of Optimizing your Time, Revenue, and Peace of Mind

Networking Groups are Seeking New Members

If you are interested, please send your name, email address and phone number as well as your practice area to 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.

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.

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Small Law Firm luncheon
Attorney-Client Privilege and Confidentiality: Challenges with Social Media and E-Communications
Thursday, February 16, 2012 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Electronic data and email are a part of our daily business. How can we preserve attorney-client privilege and maintain client confidentiality, when transferring data via social media, e-mail correspondence, or storing client information in the cloud, whether through business, personal or public computers or electronic devices. This program will explore these issues and also cover "Forensic best practices" when a forensic expert is needed and when they are not.

Mark A. Josephson, CPA, CFP, CFE
Murray & Josephson, CPAs, LLC; Attorney at Law

Michael Cardello III
Moritt Hock Hamroff & Horowitz LLP
Greg Cancilla
EnCE, Director of Forensics, RVM Inc.

Registration by February 9 is necessary. 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.

Lawyers Connect: First Thursdays
Salsa & Merengue Dance Class
Thursday, February 9, 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

2012 Professional Development Workshop Series
Professional Presence: Communicating with Confidence

Thursday, February 16, 2012 8:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Small Law Firm Luncheon
Attorney-Client Privilege and Confidentiality: Challenges with Social Media and E-Communications

Thursday, February 16, 2012 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Contemplative Lawyers Group
Thursday, February 16, 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Art of Schmoozing: Networking Made Easy for Law School Students and Practicing Professionals
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Blogging, Friending & Tweeting: What Attorneys Should & Should Not Do
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Surviving the Residential Real Estate Closing Without a Hitch: Better than Reality TV
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Fundamental Concepts in Drafting Contracts: What Most Attorneys Fail to Consider
Monday, February 15, 2012 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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