"The bargain that yields mutual satisfaction is the only
one that is apt to be repeated." - B.C. Forbes

Dear Solo and Small Firm Practitioners,

By now many of you have already begun to implement New Year's resolutions for your small law firms and are well on your way to a productive 2013. I just wanted to add one other idea. Take a look at your overhead. Is there anything that can be decreased at this point?

The New York City Bar offers many benefits to small law firm members. For example, if you pay hourly fees for use of conference room space, you can lower the cost significantly by taking advantage of the NYC Bar's free conference rooms to meet with your clients. Contact the library reference desk at 212-382-6666 to book a free conference room.

What are you paying for your malpractice insurance, website design, express mail, bookkeeping, office supplies or your New York Law Journal subscription? You can reach out to the New York City Bar Small Law Firm vendors and companies that provide member benefits to see if they can offer you a better deal.

Finally, if you are looking for a vendor or service that is not offered through the NYC Bar, please post a question on the NYC Bar Small Law Firm Center LinkedIn group and someone will be sure to respond.

With Best Regards,

Alla Roytberg

Member Benefit

Lexis Nexis Presents Up to 75 % Discounts to Lawyers Who Plan to Launch or Have Launched Their Own Law Firm within the last 18 months

Just passed the Bar? Plan on opening a new law firm or have in the past 18 months? This program recognizes the financial challenge of opening a new law firm by offering a comprehensive legal research package at a budget-friendly start-up pricing structure. Tailored specifically for you with discounts of up to 75% to assist in the budget crunch you might be in to get your firm up and running.

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.

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.

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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Download the Small Law Firm Center Fact Sheet to see if you are taking advantage of everything the City Bar has to offer.


Small Law Firm luncheon
TAX 2013 - What Next ... The Resolve of the "Fiscal Cliff"
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

What you need to know for 2013 and beyond. A look at the new income tax laws that affect you, your practice and your clients. Plus a review of best business practices to keep you compliant with the current income tax code and tax regulations.

Moderator: Alla Roytberg, The Law Firm and Mediation Practice of Alla Roytberg, P.C.

Speakers: Mark A. Josephson, Murray & Josephson, CPAs, LLC
Martin Klein, Kamerman & Soniker P.C.

Registration by February 8 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

Professional Development Workshop Series
Plan for Professional Success: Wisely Select and Develop Your Legal Career Path
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 8:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Small Law Firm luncheon
TAX 2013 - What Next ... The Resolve of the "Fiscal Cliff"
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM



Taking and Defending Depositions
February 5, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Co-ops & Other Residential Closings: Preparing for What Lies Ahead
February 6, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Fundamental Concepts in Drafting Contracts: What Most Attorneys Fail to Consider
February 11, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Scope of Attorney-Client Privilege
February 13, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:45 PM

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