2014 FEBRUARY

A NOTE FROM THE SLFC DIRECTOR

"It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself."
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dear Solo and Small Firm Practitioners,

As we brave the challenges and move ahead with improving our practice, we continuously encounter one key factor in our quest for success, - each other. We reach out to one another for advice, encouragement and support. We help each other through difficulties and celebrate triumphs together. The New York City Bar and its Small Law Firm Center have been privileged to witness and participate in your trials and tribulations during our networking events, mentoring events, practice management and other programs and by offering a home where you can spend a day in the library, meet clients at our conference rooms, attend an informative event and also get to know one another formally and informally. Over the years I have witnessed many business relationships and friendships that have been formed within the doors of 42 West 44th Street. I hope that you will continue to consider us your professional home, and offer the list of upcoming Small Law Firm Events and programs below:

1. Small Law Firm Practice Management Networking Luncheons:
  Mind Your Own Business (Three Part Series): The Path to a Sustainable Practice
   
February 27, 2014
Part I – Business Analysis and Finding Your Competitive Advantage
   
March 27, 2014
Part II – Tools to Connect with Your Target Market
   
April 24, 2014
Part III – Business Plans for Sustainable Growth
  Speak with the Poise, Passion, & Persuasive Power of a Broadway Actor - March 11, 2014
  May and June Luncheons
    Dates TBA - Stay tuned
2. Small Law Firm Hands-On Tech Breakfast Workshops – Bring Your Own Laptop and Walk out with Results:
    April 2014 Hands-On Blogging Workshop
    May 2014 Hands-On LinkedIn Workshop
    June 2014 Hands-On Email Newsletter Workshop
3. Virtual Law Firm Program at the NYC Bar
  If you already have a virtual office in Manhattan, please consider the savings by joining ours. If your main law firm is outside Manhattan, your business may benefit significantly by having a Manhattan Office presence. The price is minimal and the benefits are great! Please click here for more information.

I hope that you will have the opportunity to take advantage of these events and programs.

With best regards,

Alla Roytberg


Save the Date!

Small Law Firm Luncheon
Speak with the Poise, Power and Persuasion of a Broadway Actor

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
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?

The NYC Bar is uniquely positioned to offer its members so much more than a mere "office presence", a "maildrop" or an "address"! Some of you already use the Small Law Firm Center free conference rooms of our prestigious historic landmark building to meet clients. Some of you already participate in our committees, attend our luncheons, CLEs and networking events. Some or you already take part in our Legal Referral Service and Mentorship programs. Now you can complete the picture by having a virtual office at your New York City Bar home as well. 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 (up to 250 pieces of mail per month included, $0.10 for each additional piece) 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 (Mon-Thurs 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM; Fri 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM)
  • Mail detail (daily description of mail origin) - $15 per month additional
  • Mail can be forwarded to an address of your choice (shipping & handling charges apply - postage marked up 30%, handling fees are $2.50-$7.00)
  • You can network with other Virtual Law Firm members of the NYC Bar through an exclusive VLF LinkedIn group.

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.


2014 Professional Development Workshop Series

The Professional Development Workshop Series is free to all City Bar members and to attorneys from sponsoring law firms. We have a great line-up of programs and most offer CLE credit.

Professional Presence: Communicating with Confidence, February 27: Kathleen Brady and Carol Kanarek
Developing Business through Networking: Live and Online, March 19: Tracy LaLonde
Implementing Legal Project Management to Advance Your Career, April 17: Aileen Leventon
Embracing Generational Diversity, May 15: Christopher P. De Santis and Jessica Delbaum

View the 2014 Brochure.


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.

or

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


Are You Getting the Most Out of Your City Bar Membership?

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


Save the Date!

Small Law Firm Luncheon
Mind Your Own Business (Three Part Series): The Path to a Sustainable Practice
Part I - Business Analysis and Finding Your Competitive Advantage

Thursday, February 27, 2014 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Whether you are up leveling an existing practice or starting a new one, using case studies and proven business-analytic techniques, you will learn how to identify and target your unique Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT analysis). Time will be allotted for attendees to network and to begin the process of identifying their professional competitive advantage.

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

Speakers:
David Post, President, DVP Advisors, Inc.
Mira Weiss, Weiss Law Group, PLLC

Registration by February 24 is requested. The fee, which includes lunch, is $35 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.


Upcoming Small Law Firm Luncheons - Save the Date!

**Note: All luncheons take place from 12:30 PM until 2:00 PM unless otherwise noted. Attendance fee, which includes lunch, is $35 for members, $50 for non-members.

March 11, 2014 - Speak with the Poise, Power and Persuasion of a Broadway Actor
March 27, 2014 - Tools to Connect with Your Target Market
April 24, 2014 - Business Plans for Sustainable Growth


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.


Mentoring Circles Meeting
Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 8:30 AM

Small Law Firm Luncheon
Mind Your Own Business (Three Part Series): The Path to a Sustainable Practice
Part I - Business analysis and finding your competitive advantage

Thursday, February 27, 2014 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Litigation Regarding Credit Default Swaps (CDS)
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Taking & Defending Depositions: Strategic Tips & Techniques
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Current Legal Ethical Issues
with Professor Stephen Gillers
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 6:00 PM - 8:05 PM

Fundamental Concepts in Drafting Contracts: What Most Attorneys Fail to Consider
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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