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Dear Solo and Small Firm Practitioners,

Times remain uncertain and the only thing within our concrete power is what we are capable of accomplishing with our work, our friends and our families. As Small Law Firm owners just doing what we do on a daily basis is quite challenging, and we constantly need to find ways to do it better.

November is the Small Law Firm month at the NYC Bar. Not only do we already have record registration for our November 8th Small Law Firm Practice Management Symposium, but, throughout the association during the month of November solo and small firm practitioners receive a number of distinct benefits. For example, if you pay your dues in full by November 15, you will receive a free 3-credit CLE program. Click here to find out more about specific benefits for solos and small firm practitioners during the month of November.

The November 8, 2012 Small Law Firm Practice Management Symposium is just around the corner. At this point we are nearing our full capacity and may close registration. If you are trying to register, but online registration is closed, email sbrachman@nycbar.org to find out if you can still attend. To register for the Symposium please click here.

Don't miss our third Small Law Firm Practice Development and Time Management Breakfast Workshop on November 29, 2012 entitled Taming the Email Dragon: How to Make Email Permanently Manageable. Click here to register.

Also on November 29, 2012 we will continue with our third Small Law Firm Luncheon, entitled Advantages Accrue When You Put Clients First, which will help you learn how to show your appreciation to clients in an effective way. Click here to register.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Symposium and our other Small Law Firm events,

Alla Roytberg

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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Small Law Firm luncheon
Advantages Accrue When You Put Clients First
Thursday, November 29, 2012 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Often attorneys take clients for granted, forgetting to pay attention to the big and small initiatives that make clients feel appreciated. This session focuses on quick, easy and inexpensive ways of communicating with clients so that they feel valued. We will discuss a variety of initiatives from communication guidelines to invoices to ways of sharing knowledge.

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

Carol Greenwald, Consultant, MarketingPartners
Steven Skyles-Mulligan, Executive Director, Evoke Strategies Ltd.

Registration by November 26 is requested. The fee, which includes lunch, is $35 for members, $50 for non-members. Please click HERE to register online.


Small Law Firm Practice Development and Time Management Breakfast
Taming the E-Mail Dragon: How to Make E-Mail Permanently Manageable
Thursday, November 29, 2012 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Registration fee includes breakfast.

The dollar value of the 600+ hours a year you spend on email can easily reach six figures – and yet a huge percentage of those hours are lost because of less-than-optimal email folder organization, poor subject line and body content writing, and the lack of clear standards regarding distribution via CC and Reply To All. Fortunately, these problems all have solutions.

You will learn how to:

  • Organize your inbox using subfolders and automatic rules properly
  • Write succinct subject lines and body contect that get better results from your readers
  • Establish effective expectations for the distribution of email throughout your organization
  • Prevent common email mistakes such as forgotten attachments

Key benefits:

  • Get in control of your email again (or for the first time)
  • Reduce the amount of email you have to handle
  • Recoup hundreds of hours of wasted time
  • Improve firm-wide productivity
  • Strengthen your relationships with clients and colleagues
Moderator: Alla Roytberg, Director of the Small Law Firm Center

Bill Jawitz, Founder, SuccessTrackESQ
Doug Brown, Practice Advisor and Partner, SuccessTrackESQ

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

9th Annual Small Law Firm Practice Management Symposium
Thursday, November 8, 2012 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Friday Evening Chamber Music
Friday, November 16, 2012 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Small Law Firm Practice Development and Time Management Breakfast
Taming the E-Mail Dragon: How to Make E-Mail Permanently Manageable
Thursday, November 29, 2012 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Small Law Firm Luncheon
Advantages Accrue When You Put Clients First
Thursday, November 29, 2012 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Basic Skills from Which Every Attorney Can Benefit: Satisfy Your Annual Requirement
Friday, November 9, 2012 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

T&E Issues in Marriage Equality
Monday, November 12, 2012 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Lawyers Following Orders: Ethical Pitfalls & Practical Advice
Friday, November 16, 2012 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

A Practical Guide to LLCs
Friday, November 30, 2012 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

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