2011 JUNE


¡§The Small Law Firms Committee of the New York City Bar believes that attorneys who provide limited scope representation ethically and competently, fulfill a critical legal need of New Yorkers in the current economy.¡¨ ¡V Report of the Committee
on Small Firms of the New York City Bar (May 2011)

Dear Solo and Small Firm Practitioners,

In May of 2011 the Committee on Small Law Firms of the New York City Bar issued a comprehensive 52 page report, entitled ¡§Best Practices for Solos and Small Firms in the Current Economy¡¨. The report was the result of nearly 2 years of committee work, which began with a survey circulated among New York City Bar members. The survey¡¦s purpose was to gather information on how solo and small firm practitioners manage various areas of their practice and to help the Committee identify practice management areas in which further guidance was needed. After receiving and analyzing more than 300 survey responses, the Committee decided to focus on the following six separate practice management areas with the view of discussing the current state of affairs and developing best practice suggestions for solo and small firm lawyers:

1. The Attorney-Client Relationship: Retainer Agreements and Beyond;
2. Conflicts of Interest;
3. Billing Practices: ¡§Unbundled Services¡¨ or Fragmented Legal Services;
4. Exit Strategies and Law Firm Partnership Agreements;
5. Technology and the Solo Practice; and
6. Professional Liability Insurance.

The report is now available on the New York City Bar website and can be accessed by clicking here. I highly recommend it as a valuable resource to every existing or aspiring small firm practitioner who seeks to improve his or her firm or organize it correctly from the outset.

Congratulations to all of the members of the Small Law Firms Committee who participated and to the Committee Chair, Olivera Medenica, whose excellent leadership helped complete this task!

With Best Regards,

Alla Roytberg

Save the Date!

New York City Bar Law Practice Management Symposium

Thursday, November 10, 2011
Stay tuned...

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 "The 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.

A New Pilot Mentoring Program for Solo and Small Firm Practitioners

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 will be 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 Facebook and 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 join our Facebook community.

Click HERE to visit us on LinkedIn.


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

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Small Law Firm luncheon
Business Opportunities Through the Association's Legal Referral Service
Thursday, June 16, 2011 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Are you looking to expand your client base? Would you like to join the panel to receive referrals from the Association's Legal Referral Service (LRS), which is the oldest and largest referral service in New York State and receives 300 to 500 calls each day from people looking for legal representation? Please attend this luncheon program to learn how LRS works and how it can help you.

Mark A. Josephson, Esq., CPA, CFP, CFE
Murray & Josephson, CPA's, LLC

Clara Schwabe, Managing Attorney
Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Sponsored by:

Registration by June 13th is necessary. The fee, which includes lunch, is $30 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.

Kick-off to Summer Reception
Lawyers Connect - First Thursdays
Thursday, June 2, 2011 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lunch with a Judge: Hon. Joan Madden
Tuesday, June 7, 2011 12:30 PM

LinkedIn for Lawyers
2011 Professional Development Series

Thursday, June 16, 2011 8:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Small Law Firm luncheon
Business Opportunities Through the Association's Legal Referral Service
Thursday, June 16, 2011 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Contemplative Lawyers Group: Stress, Happiness, and the Legal Profession
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 7:00 PM

Social Media Data: Practical Guidance on Handling Discovery Issues
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Back to Basics: Real Estate Valuation Principles for the Legal Professional
Monday, June 6, 2011 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Elder Law 2011: The Basics and More
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Ethical Dilemmas as Portrayed in the Movies
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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