2012 MARCH


¡§Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems.¡¨
¡VRainer Maria Rilke

Dear Solo and Small Firm Practitioners,

Welcome to the month of March at the New York City Bar. The weather becomes milder and nature reawakens and gets ready to present us with buds, leaves and flowers. Our energy and determination are also restored, and our minds fill with new thoughts and ideas on how to improve our professional and personal lives. How can we manage our time most effectively to improve the bottom line of our practice and to increase much needed time for family and friends? Does it make sense to decrease our overhead and consider a Virtual Law Office model? Two March programs at the NYC Bar will address these concerns. On Thursday, March 8, please join us at the Small Law Firm Luncheon entitled ¡§Powerful Productivity for Lawyers: The Eight Essentials of Optimizing Your Time, Revenue, and Peace of Mind¡¨ and on Thursday, March 22, members of the Small Law Firms Committee will present a CLE program entitled ¡§Virtual Law Firms and Telecommuting: What You Should Know¡¨.

Of course, as always, I am here to brainstorm about your practice. Just email me at aroytberg@nybar.org and we will set the time to meet.

Wishing all of you a pleasant month of March,

Alla Roytberg

Save the Date!

Small Law Firm Luncheon
April 12, 2012
Family and Divorce Mediation: Expand your practice by adding a role as consulting attorney while helping clients save money

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 Barbara Friedman at barbarasfriedman@gmail.com and bserebro@legalny.com.

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 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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Small Law Firm luncheon
Powerful Productivity for Lawyers: The Eight Essentials of Optimizing Your Time, Revenue, and Peace of Mind
Thursday, March 8, 2012 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

The most successful attorneys understand the imperative of strong time management. Even in demanding environments, they¡¦re in better control of their activities and their schedules than most. For example, they plan their days effectively, they minimize interruptions, they keep track of their to-do¡¦s, and they prioritize and delegate efficiently. As a result, they¡¦re more profitable, less stressed, and have happier clients. Learn how they do it in this practical, solutions-rich presentation.

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

Speaker: Bill Jawitz, Law Practice Advisor and Founder, SuccessTrackESQ, LLC

Registration by March 5 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.


Small Law Firm CLE
Virtual Law Firms and Telecommuting: What You Should Know
Thursday, March 22, 2012 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Solo practitioners and small firms often operate on a shoe-string budget and work out of a home office or in a virtual office. Others maintain a virtual office simply as a conscious choice to reduce costs and maximize profits. As a result, firm partners and employees, including support staff, have the option of telecommuting either on a full time or part time basis. Before setting up a virtual office or implementing a telecommuting option there are practical, legal, ethical and tax issues that lawyers should be aware of and consider. This program will examine the following topics: the basics of how to start a virtual law firm; whether and how to use social media; the ethical issues relating to virtual offices and telecommuting; billing, fees and collection; tax issues concerning virtual offices and employing telecommuters; and employment/labor issues with telecommuting and having a virtual assistant. These issues and more will be discussed at this program by panelists who have their own solo or small firm practice.

To see the Agenda and faculty, please click here.

To register online, please click here.

Small Law Firm Luncheon
Powerful Productivity for Lawyers: The Eight Essentials of Optimizing Your Time, Revenue, and Peace of Mind

Thursday, March 8, 2012 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Non-Traditional Careers for Attorneys: A Program for Law Students and Recent Law School Graduates
Monday, March 12, 2012 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Is Work and Life Balance Possible in the 21st Century? The Libra Solution Shows Professional Women and Men How to Have the ¡§Best of It All¡¨
Thursday, March 22, 2012 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Contemplative Lawyers Group: Emotions and Lawyering
Thursday, March 22, 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Nuts and Bolts of Re-entry
Thursday, March 29, 2012 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Smart Marketing Series
Growing Your Practice by Creating the Client-Centric Firm: Understanding the Whole Client

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Defense Of Marriage Act Litigation: Strategy, Tactics & Theory (Video Replay)
Friday, March 2, 2012 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Negotiation Skills & Strategies
Friday, March 9, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Ethics in the Empire State: Are You Familiar with the Latest Rules of Professional Conduct?
Monday, March 12, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Virtual Law Firms & Telecommuting: What You Should Know
Thursday, March 22, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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