2011 MAY

A NOTE FROM THE SLFC DIRECTOR

¡§Every Step of Life Shows much caution is required¡¨
¡V Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Dear Solo and Small Firm Practitioners,

Many of us struggle when we encounter the risks involved in owning one¡¦s own business. As lawyers, we are often risk averse, trained professionally to advise our clients to exercise caution in their personal and professional lives. Sometimes, we wonder whether our subconscious restraint prevents us from achieving business success. Should we invest $10,000 in advertising and save on getting health insurance this year? How about malpractice insurance? After all, it is not mandatory to have it in New York State. If we make such a decision, how many sleepless nights will we lose agonizing about a potential illness or a disgruntled client who may sue and cause us to lose everything we have worked so hard to achieve?

We are not invincible, physically or professionally, and I would suggest that the best solution is to fully educate oneself about various insurance options available to solo and small firm practitioners. Recently Marsh and Zurich in North America have teamed up to provide the NYC Bar Members with affordable and reliable professional liability insurance. You can get a free quote by calling 877-783-5434. With their latest 25% discount for lawyers with Manhattan Offices you may even be able to buy insurance and have some money left over to spend on advertising. Don¡¦t forget to consider other member benefits and discounts available to you as members of the NYC Bar. Click here to review them.

They will help you reduce your overhead without having to sacrifice on protecting your personal or professional wellbeing.

With Best Regards,

Alla Roytberg



Announcing A New Member Benefit!

For a limited time, NYC Bar members can double your savings on select FedEx OfficeR services.Use your NYC Bar FedEx Office discount today and you can save up to 40% on select copy and print services from April 1 through May 31, 2011.* That¡¦s twice the normal discount! Click here and enter passcode BFBBTW to enroll online. If you have additional questions, call 1-800-MEMBERS (1.800.636.2377, 8 a.m.¡V6 p.m. EST, M-F).

*Click here for terms & conditions.


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.

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


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SAVE THE DATE!

Small Law Firm Luncheon
The Necessities of Opening, Expanding, and Running Your Own Practice Effectively
Thursday, May 12, 2011 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

If you are thinking about opening your own practice, have done so recently, or just want to run your business more effectively, this is a program you cannot miss. Our panel will address a number of important issues faced by attorneys who begin, develop or expand their own practices. Some of the important topics our panel will cover include: finding clients, choosing the correct area of practice, finding office space, choosing the right equipment and supplies for your practice, setting up bank accounts and effectively handling tax issues.

Moderator:
Robin Kravitz, Esq.
Kravitz & Verna LLC

Speakers:
Mark A. Josephson, Esq., CPA, CFP, CFE
Murray & Josephson, CPAs, LLC
Olivera Medenica, Esq.
Wahab & Medenica LLC

Alla Roytberg, Esq.
Director of Small Law Firm Center

Sponsored by:

Registration by May 9th 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.


Series on Marketing - How You Present and Communicate as a Marketing Tool
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 6:00 PM

Small Law Firm Luncheon
The Necessities of Opening, Expanding, and Running Your Own Practice Effectively
Thursday, May 12, 2011 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Annual Meeting of the Association
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 6:00 PM

Smart Marketing Series
Smart Marketing Means Ready, Aim, Fire: Fire Your Value Proposition at Your Targeted Prospects (Program III)
Thursday, May 19, 2011 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM




Article 81: Certified Training for Guardians, Court Evaluators & Attorneys for Alleged Incapacitated Persons
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 9:00 PM ¡V 5:00 PM

Practice Before the Immigration Court in Removal Cases: A Step-By-Step Guide
Thursday, May 5, 2011 6:00 PM ¡V 9:00 PM

The How-To of Successful Motion Practice
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 6:00 PM ¡V 9:00 PM



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