“Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to
be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough
people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon.”
— Winston Churchill

Dear Solo and Small Firm Practitioners,

Amid the dismal economic landscape of the last few months peppered with demonstrations of thousands of people desperate to make a living and speeches, promises and campaigns by politicians, here we are, hundreds of lawyers about to embark on a daring voyage of starting our own practice. For those of us who have owned our law firms for some time, the challenge of maintaining success and keeping clients has become even greater.

Many of you already know and have signed up for our November 10, 2011 Law Practice Management Symposium which will enable you to attend up to 7 workshops, speak to vendors who cater to the needs of small firm practitioners, explore opportunities offered by the US Small Business Administration, ask questions of seasoned solo practitioners in the drop-in center and network during our breakfast, lunch and an afternoon music reception. If you have not yet registered, please do so as soon as possible. The benefits are great and the cost is a mere $25 for members. To register for the Symposium, click on the brochure link below:

November is Small Law Firm Month at the New York City Bar Association. While we celebrate our members all year round, this November, the New York City Bar Association is especially celebrating you — the small firm practitioner. Whether in a solo practice or a firm of less than 25 attorneys, we have a full month of events, savings, and special offers just for you. Please take a look at the following Special Offers and Events for Small Firm Practitioners:

  • Members in small firm practice (fewer than 25 attorneys) - pay your dues in full by November 1st and receive a free 3 credit CLE program*
  • Take advantage of special offers from select member benefit companies, including LawPay and the New York Law Journal
  • Keep an eye out for new member benefits just for the small law firm practitioner
  • Free counseling sessions with the City Bar’s Small Law Firm Director
  • Attend events for the small law firm practitioner, including the November 10th Practice Management Symposium where you can participate in valuable workshops for start-ups and growing firms, network, and visit the Exhibit Hall where you can meet representatives from companies providing products and services specifically for the small law firm attorney.

*Visit www.nycbar.org/slfmonth for terms and exclusions.

Thank you for helping make the New York City Bar a wonderful home for small firms.
I look forward to seeing you on November 10,

Alla Roytberg

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 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.


Small Law Firm Startup and the Art of Thriving in Tumultuous Times
Thursday, November 10, 2011 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Join us for a full day of workshops for the small law firm practitioner and trade show where you can meet representatives from companies that cater to the small law firm community, including:

Accurate Building Inspectors
Home and Building Inspection Firm
ARL Abstract
Real Estate Title Company
Asahi Technologies
Premier Online Visibility and Marketing Firm
Practice Management Solutions
Time Tracking Solutions
Effective Solutions Plus, Inc
Comprehensive Tech Support for Small Businesses
JP&R Advertising Agency
Legal Notice and Services Firm
Hudson Valley Bank
Banking for Law Firms
Credit Card Processing for Lawyers
Law Firm Suites
NYC Office Space for Attorneys
Legal Research

LLC Publishing Corp.
Incorporation Services for New Businesses
Marketing for Professionals
NYC Bar Member Insurance
Virtual Transcription
Billing and Practice Management Software
Thomson Findlaw
Websites for Lawyers
Real Estate Title Agency
US Small Business Administration
Vcorp Services

Corporate entity support
Vicus Partners LLC
Commercial real estate
Your Wall Street Office, Inc.
Virtual Office Solutions
Zurich North America
Professional Liability Insurance

Breakfast sponsored by:

Please note that space is limited and we will be unable to provide refunds after November 1. Please click HERE to register online

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.


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

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.


Small Law Firm Luncheon
Growing Your Practice: Can I Get More Business Through Marketing, Public Relations, or Advertising?
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Marketing, public relations and advertising are three different approaches to building your book of business. Three panelists - one from each of these separate disciplines - will provide tips on using their specialty to grow your practice.

Mark Josephson
Murray & Josephson, CPAs, LLC

Carol Schiro Greenwald
Consultant, MarketingPartners
Jeanette Boccini
LVM Group, Inc.
John Hellerman
Hellerman Baretz Communications

Sponsored by:

Registration by November 23 is necessary. The fee, which includes lunch, is $30 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.


NOTE: All luncheons take place from 12:30 PM until 2:00 PM. Attendence fee, which includes lunch, is $30 for members and $50 fot non-members.

Growing in Tough Times Series

December 15, 2011 - Why Should I Learn to Use Social Media Effectively?

Lawyers Connect First Thursdays
Hugo Boss Shopping Event
Thursday, November 3, 2011 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

8th Annual Law Practice Management Symposium
Small Law Firm Startup and the Art of Thriving in Tumultuous Times
Thursday, November 10, 2011 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Bringing Mindfulness to Lawyering: Practicing on the Job
Contemplative Lawyers Group
Thursday, November 10, 2011 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Small Law Firm Luncheon
Growing Your Practice: Can I Get More Business Through Marketing, Public Relations, or Advertising?
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

The Google Powered Law Office: Search Tricks, Cloud Apps, and Research Tips (Video Replay)
Tuesday, November 1, 2011 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Practicing in NYS Supreme Court
Monday, November 7, 2011 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Taking & Defending Depositions: Strategic Tips & Techniques
Monday, November 21, 2011 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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