“Diamonds are nothing more than chunks
of coal that stuck to their jobs”
— Malcolm S. Forbes

Dear Solo and Small Firm Practitioners,

As the nation’s job crisis escalates, many of us feel somewhat blessed that as lawyers we have been given the special opportunity to be able to give ourselves a job, to hang out a shingle, to start our own law firm. Of course, times are difficult, as is our search for new clients and our struggle to collect fees from those that we already have. We are constantly on the lookout for cost-effective alternatives, in order to lower our practice’s overhead and continue to pay our bills and meet our personal obligations.

The November 10, 2011 Law Practice Management Symposium at the New York City Bar will help both those of you who are trying to start your new firm in the most cost-effective way and those who are looking to make your existing practice operate more efficiently. This full day event will enable you to attend up to 7 workshops, speak to vendors who cater to the needs of small firm practitioners, ask questions of seasoned solo practitioners in the drop-in center and network to your heart’s content during our breakfast, lunch and an afternoon music reception all for an unbelievably low attendance fee of $25 for members.

Here is the list of the workshops that take place throughout the day:

-Cost Effective Marketing: In Person, Online and at the Office
-Small Firm Startup on a Shoestring Budget
-Growing Your Firm While Minimizing Overhead
-Retainers and Escrow Accounts: Learn the Rules/Avoid the Pitfalls
-Proactive Risk Management: Attorney Engagement Letters and Non-Engagement Letters
-Cost Effective Legal Research Options for Growing Solos and Small Firms
-Billing Practices Roundtable: Billing to Get Paid

To register for the Symposium, or for more information, click here.

Also, don’t miss our second Small Law Firm Luncheon, which takes place on October 25, 2011 on the topic of How to Get Business through Networking Groups.

Looking forward to seeing you at the Symposium,

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.

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

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Small Law Firm luncheon
Growing Your Practice: How Can I Get Business Through Group Memberships?
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Networking groups come in all sizes, shapes and colors. So, how does an attorney decide which groups to join? A panel of seasoned group networkers will discuss hallmarks of a good networking group, how to select the best group for you and how to maximize your group membership. This is the first program of a three-part series.

Carol Schiro Greenwald
Consultant, MarketingPartners

David Birdoff
Law Firm of David Birdoff
Larry Hutcher
Davidoff Malito & Hutcher LLP
Mark A. Josephson
Murray & Josephson, CPAs, LLC

Sponsored by:

Registration by October 20 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

November 29, 2011 - Three Slices of the Apple: Can I Get More Business Through Marketing, Public Relations or Advertising?

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

Representing Clients with Diminished Capacity: Ethical Issues
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Small Law Firm Luncheon
Growing Your Practice: How Can I Get Business Through Group Memberships?
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Protecting Your Client in the Current Environment: Residential Real Estate Contracts & Leases Using Drafting & Negotiating Riders
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 6:00 PM - 8:15 PM

10th Annual Hot Topics in Advertising & Marketing Law
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Running A Client-Centric Practice: The Why & How
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Current Legal Ethical Issues
Thursday, October 27, 2011 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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