2013 MAY


"You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep
Spring from coming." – Pablo Neruda

Dear Solo and Small Firm Practitioners,

According to some studies, on average, in Denmark people devote 16.1 hours each day to personal (and not work) life. Even if half of that time is dedicated to sleep alone, that still leaves over 8 available hours each day. Can most small law firm and solo practitioners imagine having 8 hours of non-work time each day? And yet, if one considers an average work day being 9-5, at least 2 hours before (7-9) and 6 hours after (5-11) the regular workday are "technically" available. How do most of us fill that time? Do we spend at least 2 hours commuting? Do we have meals with family and friends, go for walks or exercise, engage in hobbies or, do we minimize the "off" hours, rushing to get back to our emails and paperwork at the first available moment? After all, for a small firm owner, there is usually no such thing as "business hours", as the task list is quite endless – if client work is done, there are law practice management tasks, billing, bookkeeping, marketing and technology issues. The arrival of springtime often reminds us to prioritize our personal lives. Are we able to do so?

One of the goals of the Small Law Firm Center at the NYC Bar is to make your business lives a bit simpler, more understandable and easier to manage and to enable you to emerge from underneath the piles of law practice management tasks, breathe some fresh air and carve out quality time for family and friends. This month's Small Law Firm Luncheon, entitled "Sustainable Business Growth for the Attorney-Enterpreneur" and next month's luncheons on Business Opportunities through the NYC Bar's Legal Referral Service and Mobile Applications to Improve Your Law Life are structured to help you develop skills needed to help manage your practice in an effective way.

I look forward to seeing you at these events.

With Best Wishes,

Alla Roytberg

Save the Date!

10th Annual Small Law Firm Practice Management Symposium

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

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.

Small Law Firm Vendor Program

We are currently in the process of expanding the Small Law Firm Vendor program and would appreciate it if you spread the word and recommend your firm's favorite qualified vendors.

This pilot program has been established by the Small Law Firm Center of the NYC Bar in collaboration with its Committee on Small Law Firms to help members obtain services from Small Business Vendors.

Vendors must provide law-related goods and services in certain specified areas as well as a significant added value to NYC Bar members, which may consist of preferred pricing, expedited or free delivery, extension of volume discounts, product add-ons, free or no fee services, service warranties and guarantees, or the provision of such other items or services that are otherwise not generally available to small law firms.

To qualify as a small business vendor, participant must have had either gross sales under $500,000 or less that 12 full-time employees in a prior calendar year. All Vendors are required to provide 2 NYC Bar member references. These references are verified by members of the Committee on Small Law Firms. If you know a vendor who is interested in participating in this directory please send an email to the Small Law Firm Center Director, Alla Roytberg at 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.

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

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May Small Law Firm Events!

Small Law Firm Luncheon
Sustainable Business Growth for the Attorney-Entrepreneur
Thursday, May 16, 2013 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Hanging out your shingle? Already done it? Now what? This presentation is for small firms and sole practitioners seeking to evaluate their performance and develop sustainable business growth opportunities. In this interactive session you will learn how to use the “compelling narrative” you already developed for networking to your greatest competitive advantage. You will learn techniques for measuring your performance, hear real-world examples of how to implement strategies to engage your target clients, and receive information and tools needed to build a sustainable business plan.

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

Speakers: David Post, DVP Advisors, Inc.; Mira Weiss, Weiss Law Group, PLLC

Registration by May 13 is requested. The fee, which includes lunch, is $35 for members, $50 for non-members. Please click HERE to register online.

Upcoming Small Law Firm Luncheons - Save the Date!

**Note: All luncheons take place from 12:30 PM until 2:00 PM unless otherwise noted. Attendance fee, which includes lunch, is $35 for members, $50 for non-members.

June 11, 2013 - Mobile Applications to Improve Your Law Life
June 13, 2013 - Business Opportunities Through the Association's Legal Referral Service

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.

Women's Rights in the Islamic World After the Arab Spring
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Challenges in Courtroom Interpretation: Effectively and Ethically Securing Language Access for Your Client
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Small Law Firm Luncheon
Sustainable Business Growth for the Attorney-Entrepreneur
Thursday, May 16, 2013
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Annual Meeting of the Association
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM


Best Practices for Solos and Small Firms: Ethical Concerns and More
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Negotiation Skills and Strategies
Friday, May 17, 2013
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Ethics for Litigators
Thursday, May 23, 2013
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

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