2013 MARCH


"It was one of those March days when the sun shines
hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the
light, and winter in the shade." -Charles Dickens

Dear Solo and Small Firm Practitioners,

Welcome to March of 2013. As days grow longer and winter softens its grip on nature, we begin to venture outside, notice our surroundings and welcome spring and the renewal it brings to our personal and business lives. We make new friends, brainstorm and share new ideas and embrace the opportunity to refresh, redesign and reinvent ourselves personally and professionally. Should you review your current law firm agreements or restructure your law firm to ensure that your practice is secure? You can learn about it on March 21 at the Small Law Firm Luncheon, entitled "Key Law Firm Planning: Firm Partnership Agreements and Preventing Partner Separation from Destroying Your Practice". At 6 pm on the same day you can find out how the Affordable Care Act can affect your practice and at 7 p.m. you can enhance your personal life by attending a meeting of the Contemplative Lawyers Group. The New York City Bar's programs will inform and inspire you to gain a new perspective and give your practice a springtime boost.

With Best Regards,

Alla Roytberg

Are Facebook Posts Discoverable?

Submitted by Matthew A. Taub of The Taub Law Firm, P.C., member of the NYC Bar Committee on Small Law Firms.

Believe it or not, access to a Plaintiff's Facebook and other "social media" postings may be uncovered by the opposing party in a lawsuit, depending on the circumstances. New York Courts have established a balancing test to determine whether content on social media sites are "material and necessary," and if so, whether disclosure would result in a violation of privacy rights.

CLE Programs of Interest to Small Law Firms

Don't miss these special upcoming CLE programs and a special bundle offer on CDs and DVDs.
For more information click here.

Don't Let Your Business Listeners Upstage You!

Submitted by Maria Guida of Successful Speaker, Inc.

How can you maintain control of your business presentation, even with distractions, interruptions, and difficult listeners?

Apply strategies that actors use, to develop/demonstrate poise, authority, and flexibility. Here are three challenging situations and effective solutions that will help you maintain control while projecting a polished and professional image.

Interested in Contributing to the Small Law Firm Center eNewsletter?

We are currently accepting submissions of substantive and informative articles for inclusion in future Small Law Firm Center eNewsletters.

For more information or if you are interested in submitting an article, please email alla_roytberg@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.

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

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.

March 2013 Small Law Firm Events!

Smart Marketing Series
Using the Internet to Compete and Win
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Online and in-person may seem like two different worlds but they are really inter-connected. This session will discuss how to do targeted marketing using in-person activities and online venues – especially LinkedIn – to identify and connect with appropriate prospects.

Speaker: Carol Schiro Greenwald, Consultant, MarketingPartners

The fee, which includes breakfast, is $15 for members, $30 for non-members; or $35 for members, $70 for non-members if you register for the three-program series. Please click HERE to register online.

Small Law Firm Luncheon
Key Law Firm Planning: Firm Partnership Agreements and Preventing Partner Separation from Destroying Your Practice
Thursday, March 21, 2013 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Most attorneys do not provide their practice the key partnership planning they provide clients. This program will broadly discuss the vital law firm partnership agreement with focus on the confusing but also vital topic of drafting and planning for partner succession, tax, retirement, disability and insurance while keeping the eventual execution of the plan in mind.

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

Speakers: Kaiser Wahab, Wahab & Medenica LLC
Marty Murray, Murray & Josephson, CPAs, LLC
Glenn Fuzak, NL Financial Alliance

Registration by March 18 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

The Art of Schmoozing
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Smart Marketing Series
Using the Internet to Compete and Win
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Small Law Firm Luncheon
Key Law Firm Planning: Firm Partnership Agreements and Preventing Partner Separation from Destroying Your Practice
Thursday, March 21, 2013 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Implementation of the Affordable Care Act: Implications for 2014
Thursday, March 21, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Contemplative Lawyers Group
Science and Ritual in Contemplative Practice: What Works for Lawyers?
Thursday, March 21, 2013 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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