“Each age has deemed the new-born year the
fittest time for festal cheer.” — Sir Walter Scott

Dear Solo and Small Firm Practitioners,

Welcome to 2013 at the New York City Bar. A new year has begun, and we can turn a new leaf in our personal and professional lives and, with renewed optimism, look forward to new opportunities and adventures. Often, our New Year's resolutions are so unrealistic that after merely a few weeks we succumb to a sense of failure for having been unable to fulfill them. In view of this challenge, here is my humble offering of a list for solo and small law firm owners:

  1. Update your online profiles on LinkedIn (both personal and firm profiles), Facebook, AVVO, and any other online social media sites and directories;
  2. Update your Website before March 1, 2013;
  3. If you have never written a Business Plan, complete one before June 1, 2013;
  4. At least once a month take a full day to do something you really enjoy;
  5. Set up a time management routine plan to be followed each morning. Before you start work, look at your calendar and plan out the time slots for the day in a realistic manner. Make sure to leave time for meals and short walks.
  6. Review and rate your cases. Drop one case before March 1, 2013;
  7. Call or email each client at least once before March 1, 2013;
  8. Identify your top 5 referral sources and schedule a lunch meeting with one of the people per month;
  9. Evaluate your networking groups and membership organizations. Rate them. Drop the one at the bottom of the list and add a new one before June 1, 2013;
  10. Go Green! Change at least 2 things in your office and in your home which would support the environment;
  11. Evaluate your overhead costs. Cut overhead costs by 10% before June 1, 2013;
  12. Take a walk outside during lunchtime;
  13. Review your practice areas. Consider narrowing or expanding your practice area to attract better clients. Decide on what you would like to do by March 1, 2013. Begin implementing it by June 1, 2013;
  14. Take one week of vacation between January 1, 2013 and June 1, 2013.

Enjoy your law practice in the New Year.

With Best Regards,

Alla Roytberg

Save the Date!

Small Law Firm Luncheon
Untangling the "Tax Knot" for the Small Law Firm and Solo Practitioner

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

New Member Benefit

MeetingZone is offering an exclusive 20% discount to all New York City Bar members. Whether you need to instantly discuss a case via conference call, work collaboratively in real time on a contract, or record and transcribe depositions, MeetingZone's legal services are proven to be secure and reliable.

The 2013 Professional Development Workshop Series

We are pleased to announce the 2013 Professional Development Workshop Series. The City Bar's annual series, led by nationally recognized career consultants, provides attorneys with critical training to help them succeed as they transition into more senior roles. As always, this series is free to City Bar members and attorneys from sponsoring law firms, and most of the workshops provide CLE credit. So whether you are a junior or midlevel associate, or more senior attorney that just wants to brush up on his or her skills, the Professional Development Series is just one of the many useful resources we offer our members. The series kicks off on January 17th with Writing On-Line About the Law.

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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Small Law Firm luncheon
Don't Let the Internet Eat Your Lunch
Thursday, January 17, 2013 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Have you paid attention to the online competition that includes free or almost free legal documents for those interested in do-it-yourself template law, almost free attorney reviews of documents computer surfers draft themselves, and low cost attorney turnkey services for wills, real estate closings, form of entity registrations, and many more. This session will discuss what's out there to contend with, and how you can compete and win those clients away from Internet rivals.

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

Speakers: David Rosenbaum, CEO & President, Real-Time Computer Services, Inc.
Carol Greenwald, Consultant, MarketingPartners

Registration by January 14 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

Third Annual Town Hall Meeting: What Will Be the Hot Tax Issues in 2013?
Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 6:00 PM — 7:30 PM

2013 Professional Development Workshop Series
Writing On-Line About the Law
Thursday, January 17, 2013 8:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Small Law Firm Luncheon
Don't Let the Internet Eat Your Lunch
Thursday, January 17, 2013 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Contemplative Lawyers Group
A Short Course in Happiness for Lawyers
Thursday, January 17, 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


Every Contract is a Litigation Waiting to Happen: Drafting Advice From a Litigator
Friday, January 11, 2013 9:00 AM — 11:00 AM

When Do I Need Ethical Advice & Where Do I Get It?
Thursday, January 17, 2013 6:00 PM — 8:00 PM

Ethical Dangers of Lawyers Using Technology & Social Media
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 9:30 AM — 11:30 AM

Professional Liability, Legal Ethics & Risk Management
Thursday, January 31, 2013 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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