2011 MARCH

A NOTE FROM THE SLFC DIRECTOR

¡§If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant:
if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity
would not be so welcome.¡¨ ¡V Anne Bradstreet

Dear Solo and Small Firm Practitioners,

Do you hear rumors that things are looking up? More cases, more clients and a slightly better cash flow? Are our firms in ¡§recovery¡¨ or are we simply so fed up with the slump of the last 2 years, that we made a resolute decision that we ARE doing better, just like the groundhog, who decided that we¡¦ve had enough winter storms, and it is now time for spring? According to some surveys conducted by temporary placement agencies small business owners remain cautious and have pushed their decisions to hire people and spend more money on overhead until the second half of 2011. Whether you choose to sit back and wait until you are certain the improvements are permanent or decide to take risks and plunge into a law firm expansion, use the New York City Bar as your resource. Get on the Legal Referral Service and increase your client base. Pair up with a mentor to co-counsel a new case. Learn how to run your firm better by developing professional relationships through the Small Law Firms Committee¡¦s networking groups and attending monthly Law Practice Management luncheons. Use your member-benefits to get valuable discounts on needed products for your office. And please brainstorm with us about your practice online through our Small Law Firm LinkedIn and Facebook groups.

With Best Regards, Alla Roytberg



Announcing A New Member Benefit!

Chauffeured Transportation Services by Carey Worldwide and Embarque- Members Can Now Save 10% on Carey Reservations and 5% on Embarque Reservations

In more than 550 cities and 60 countries worldwide, Carey provides personalized chauffeured transportation tailored to the unique demands of the world¡¦s most high-touch travelers. From airport services to customized itineraries, Carey is your complete transportation solutions provider. Carey¡¦s industry-leading global franchise network assures that our passengers will experience the same impeccable service and personalized attention in more than 550 cities and 60 countries worldwide.

Embarque offers affordable, stylish, and environmentally responsible chauffeur-driven services that are perfect for a ride to the airport, office or anywhere else. Currently, Embarque offers service in 16 cities in the US, plus London. Embarque delivers a chauffeured service experience that is universally accessible to any class of business or leisure traveler.


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.

or

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


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.


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!

Effective Technology for the Small Law Firm Luncheon:
Session III: Data Retention, Data Destruction and Disaster Recovery
Thursday, March 17, 2011 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Do you have a responsibility to your clients to retain information for specified periods of time, then to destroy it when the retention period has past? What happens to your clients' data, and to your data, in the event of a disaster? In this luncheon you will learn what needs to be considered to assure proper retention and destruction of data, and to appropriately prepare for a possible disaster.

Moderator:
Mark A. Josephson, Esq., CPA, CFP, CFE
Murray & Josephson, CPAs, LLC

Speaker:
David J. Rosenbaum
Real-Time Computer Services, Inc.

Sponsored by:

Registration by March 14 is necessary. The fee, which includes lunch, is $30 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.


SAVE THE DATE!

Small Law Firm Luncheon
Family and Divorce Mediation - Expanding Your Practice While Helping Clients Save Money

Thursday, April 28, 2011 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM


Lawyers Connect - First Thursdays
Lord & Taylor Shopping Event
Thursday, March 3, 2011 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Parenthood and the Legal Profession: Planning for Pregnancy, Maternity Leave and Beyond
Wednesday, March 10, 2011 6:15 PM - 8:30 PM

Minority Attorneys: Rebalance Your Career Asset Portfolio
Thursday, March 10, 2011 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Effective Technology for the Small Law Firm
Session III: Data Retention, Data Destruction and Disaster Recovery
Thursday, March 17, 2011 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Smart Marketing Series
Session I: Smart Marketing Means Ready, Aim, Fire: Ready for Effective Marketing?
Thursday, March 24, 2011 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Connecting with Clients in a Loosely-Connected World
Professional Development Workshop Series
Thursday, March 31, 2011 8:30 AM - 10:15 AM



Current Legal Ethical Issues
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Enforcing Money & Other Judgments in Matrimonial Cases
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Taking Your Firm to the Next Level: Growth & Expansion
Tuesday March 22, 2011 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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