2012 MAY

A NOTE FROM THE SLFC DIRECTOR

“Good counselors lack no clients.”
–William Shakespeare

Dear Solo and Small Firm Practitioners,

Do you know that according to new data released by the American Bar Association in April, nearly 20% of students who graduated from the 15 law schools in New York in 2010 were employed by small law firms of between 2 and 10 lawyers in size? In fact, according to the New York Law Journal, newly hatched lawyers who come from the outer boroughs and New York City suburbs are choosing to remain in their neighborhoods after graduation and focus their practice on helping local people with local issues. To read the New York Law Journal's Article in full click here.

There is a great intrinsic value and ultimately enormous satisfaction in being able to use one's legal knowledge to help neighbors navigate the legal system. It is wonderful that many lawyers are willing to participate in pro bono projects that help those who cannot afford to hire a lawyer. However, there is also a great need for moderately priced good quality legal help among people of moderate means. Many of them reside in these neighborhoods outside of Manhattan, and the trend noted by the ABA and the New York Law Journal may result in a great benefit for the legal profession and the public as a whole as it brings legal help to those who really need it. The New York City Bar supports the efforts of new solo and small firm practitioners by providing free conference room space to meet clients, networking opportunities, committee membership and a number of law practice management programs. On May 10, 2012, the Small Law Firm Luncheon, entitled “The Necessities of Opening, Expanding and Running Your Own Practice Effectively” will provide useful advice from solo and small firm practitioners, on June 14, 2012 you can learn how to expand your client base by joining the Legal Referral Service at the NYC Bar, and please save the date for our 9th Annual Law Practice Management Symposium, a full-day yearly event with helpful workshops, networking opportunities and an exhibit hall, which will take place on November 8, 2012.

Finally, if you would like to be paired with a mentor in a substantive area of the law, join a networking group or just schedule a brainstorming session about your practice, please email me at aroytberg@nycbar.org.

With Best Regards,

Alla Roytberg



NEW MEMBER BENEFIT

Micro Office is now offering City Bar members a 10% discount on all new rentals of workstations or office space.

Our office space is perfect for the small law firm or solo practitioner. We offer convenient locations, private and professional meeting spaces and access to potential additional clients through our office community which makes our facilities a more than ideal work place.

To schedule a tour call 646-839-9484, or visit our website www.microoffice.com.


TECH TIPS FOR SMALL FIRMS

Contributed by Anthony Verna of Kravitz & Verna, LLC, member of the Small Law Firms' Committee

Many small law firms seem to be lost in the vocabulary of the technical world. Because I have a Bachelor's degree in computer science, many fellow attorneys have asked me for help with technical issues in their own practices. Here are some tips I have given to attorneys in relationship to technology and their own practices.


Networking Groups are Seeking New Members

A. 1:00 PM Attorney Networking Group Announcement - No Food Included
If you are interested please send your name, email address and phone number as well as your practice area to Barbara Friedman barbarasfriedman@gmail.com and bserebro@legalny.com. There is no fee to attend.

B. Breakfast Networking Group Announcement – Continental Breakfast Included
We have several spots still open for one of the networking groups run by the Small Law Firm Committee. This group meets at 8:30 AM every third Thursday of the month. It is an attorneys-only group; only one practice area permitted per member. The following categories are already taken: Customs and international trade; trust & estate, elder law; tax; residential and commercial real estate; business/transactional, corporate governance; family law and divorce mediation, collaborative divorce; personal injury, legal malpractice, medical malpractice. Please contact Olivera Medenica if you are interested at OMedenica@wrlawfirm.com. Even if you think your practice area is already taken, we might be able to find a spot for you. $14 per meeting for members; $20 per meeting for visitors. Coffee, tea, juice, continental breakfast included.


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.

or

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.


SAVE THE DATE!

Small Law Firm luncheon
The Necessities of Opening, Expanding, and Running Your Own Practice Effectively
Thursday, May 10, 2012 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, employment and independent contractor issues, and effectively handling tax issues.

Moderator: Robin Kravitz, Kravitz & Verna, LLC

Speakers: Mark A. Josephson, Murray & Josephson, CPAs, LLC
Rachel J. Minter, Law Office of Rachel J. Minter
Alla Roytberg, Director of theSmall Law Firm Center, New York City Bar

Registration by May 8 is necessary. The fee, which includes lunch, is $35 for members, $50 for non-members. Please click HERE to register online.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 9th Annual Law Practice Management Symposium


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


Dispute Resolution Among Lawyers
Thursday, May 3, 2012 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

New York Cupcake Tasting
Lawyers Connect: First Thursdays
Thursday, May 3, 2012 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Small Law Firm Luncheon
The Necessities of Opening, Expanding, and Running Your Own Practice Effectively
Thursday, May 10, 2012 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

You're Not Paranoid, They Really Are Watching You: Hot Topics in Online Behavioral Advertising
Monday, May 14, 2012 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Annual Meeting of the Association
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM




Current Developments in Commercial Division Practice
Monday, May 7, 2012 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Creating a Game Plan for Business Development
2012 Professional Development Workshop Series
Thursday, May 17, 2012 8:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Advanced Commercial Mediation Training
Monday, May 21 and Tuesday, May 22 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
and Thursday May 31, 2012 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
(All three days are mandatory. Program not offered per day.)


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