"Before beginning prepare carefully." – Cicero

Dear Solo and Small Firm Practitioners,

Welcome to 2012. It is a new year, full of fresh hopes and ideas, daring beginnings and creative ventures. Whether you are starting a new small law firm or changing direction of your existing practice there are so many options, so many new possibilities and variations on how you can make it uniquely your own and make it succeed.

The New York City Bar has been a home for many of you in 2011 and we will continue to do so in 2012. The Joint Mentorship program between the Small Law Firm Center and the Legal Referral Service has paired many new solo practitioners with seasoned lawyers in their practice areas of interest. Our monthly Small Law Firm Luncheons continue with an important one on January 12 entitled "Untangling the 'Tax Knot' for the Small Law Firm and Solo Practitioner". The networking groups are meeting every month as people continue to help each other perfect their law practice management and get new clients. Don't forget to take advantage of member benefits and special CLE discounts for small firm lawyers. Help others by participating in the City Bar Justice Center's pro bono projects and become active on a committee of your choice. All of this cumulatively, will help your practice thrive.

Finally, please contact me with your comments and suggestions and also if you would like a practice management consultation for your brand new or existing small law firm.

With Best Regards,

Alla Roytberg

Save the Date!

Small Law Firm Luncheon
February 16 , 2012
Attorney-Client Privilege and Confidentiality: Challenges with Social Media and E-Communications

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 new 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.

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
Untying the "Tax Knot" for the Small Law Firm and Solo Practitioner
Thursday, January 12, 2012 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Wipe those concerns away. Tax issues and related compliance issues should not hinder you from starting and/or running your own law practice. Attend this informative discussion on the various tax forms that need to be filed, and the related tax deadlines of which a small law firm owner should be mindful. Learn some tax strategies and planning tips to make your tax filings less stressful.

Alla Roytberg
The Law Firm and Mediation Practice of Alla Roytberg, P.C.
Director, City Bar Small Law Firm Center

Mark A. Josephson
Murray & Josephson, CPAs, LLC

Sponsored by:

Registration by January 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.

Untangling the "TAX KNOT" for the Small Law Firm and Solo Practitioner
Small Law Firm Luncheon
Thursday, January 12, 2012 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Communicate for Impact: Using "People Styles" to Hone Your Communication Skills
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Contemplative Lawyers Group: Emotions and Lawyering
Thursday, January 26, 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

When Do I Need Ethical Advice & How Do I Get It?
January 18, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Litigation 101: Practices & Latest Procedures
January 19, 2012 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Enforcing Money Claims Pre- & Post Judgement: How to Really Win Your Case
January 27, 2012 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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