2012 OCTOBER

A NOTE FROM THE SLFC DIRECTOR

"Good counselors lack no clients."
–William Shakespeare

Dear Solo and Small Firm Practitioners,

In anticipation of our Small Law Firm Symposium, which will take place on November 8, 2012, I would like to report on the results of this summer's small law firm survey. Nearly 700 of you have responded to the 9 questions aimed at helping us understand and better address the needs of solo and small firm lawyers both during the Symposium and while planning our other programs. Here are some of the main results:

  1. 78% of you work in firms of 5 lawyers or less (27.2% in firms of 2-5 and 50.4% are solo practitioners);
  2. 68% have been admitted to the Bar for over 12 years;
  3. 65% are law firm owners;
  4. 87% are already NYC Bar members;
  5. Most of you have rated CLE programs (61.3%) , the Library (52.5%), Online Legal Services (37.8%), networking events (37.3%) and committee participation (32.4%) as primary services that you find most helpful at the NYC Bar and also cited them as your main reason for joining the Association;
  6. 78 % have never attended the Small Law Firm Symposium, and you rated the following workshops as those that would be of most interest:
    1. Expanding Your Client Base – 314 responses;
    2. Technology Tools for Your Practice – 222 responses;
    3. Growing your Firm While Minimizing Overhead – 219 responses; and
    4. Cost-Effective Marketing – 213 responses.

We took your comments to heart and tailored this year's Small Law Firm Symposium to specifically address your needs. You will find a workshop on each of the above topics as well as many others to help growing small firms succeed.

The November 8, 2012 Small Law Firm 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 feature 9 workshops, and will enable you to 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 hear''s content during our breakfast, lunch and an afternoon music reception all for an unbelievably low attendance fee of $29 for members.

Here is the list of the workshops that take place throughout the day (including those running concurrently):

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM Client Development: Expanding Your Client Base Through Cost-Effective Marketing
10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Small Firm Start-Up on a Shoe String Budget OR Cost-Effective Technology Tools and Strategies for Small Firm Practitioners
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Taxes and Compliance for Solos and Small Law Firm Owners
1:15 PM – 1:45 PM Time & Cost Efficiency Tools OR Increasing Your Firm's Business by Utilizing NYC Bar Resources
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM Business Plans, Websites and Advertising Rules for Solos and Small Law Firm Practitioners OR Grow Your Firm While Minimizing Overhead
3:00 PM – 4:15 PM Billing Practices Roundtable: Billing to Get Paid

 

Below is a list of exhibitors and sponsors who will be present at this year's event:

Accurate Building Inspectors
Home and Building Inspection Firm
CLIO
Practice Management Simplified
Effective Solutions Plus, Inc
Comprehensive Tech Support for Small Businesses
Hudson Valley Bank
Banking for Law Firms
IGC RedactIt
Electronic Redaction Software
Ignite Brand Group, LLC
Branding and Logos for Small Firms
Interstate Filings, LLC
Incorporation Services for New Businesses
JP&R Advertising Agency
Legal Notice and Services Firm
LawPay
Credit Card Processing for Lawyers
Law Firm Suites
NYC Office Space for Attorneys
LexisNexis
Breakfast Sponsor

Marsh
NYC Bar Member Insurance
Micro Office Solutions
Virtual and Real Office Space Provider
Practice Marketing Advisors
"On" and "Off" Line Marketing for Professionals
Prudential
Retirement Plans for Small Law Firms
Riverside Abstract and Riverside
Title and 1031 Exchange Services for Lawyers
Tabs3/Practice Master
Billing Software
Thomson Findlaw
Websites for Lawyers
Thomson Reuters Westlaw
Legal Research for Small Firms
US Small Business Administration
Government Help for Small Firms
Your Wall Street Office, Inc.
Virtual & Real Office Space with Services for Attorneys

To register for the Symposium, click on the brochure link below.

Don't miss our second Small Law Firm Practice Development and Time Management Breakfast Workshop entitled "Work-Life Balance Tune-Up for Lawyers" on October 18, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. Last month's Breakfast Workshop was so well attended that we have to close registration. Click here to register.

On October 30, 2012 we will continue with our second Small Law Firm Luncheon, entitled "Don't Let the Internet Eat Your Lunch", which will help you learn how to compete with do-it-yourself template law services. Click here to register.

If you are interested in joining a Mentoring Circle, requesting a mentor in a substantive legal area or would like to schedule an appointment to meet with me, please email aroytberg@nycbar.org.

Looking forward to seeing you at our 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.

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
Don't Let the Internet Eat Your Lunch
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Have you paid attention to the online competition that includes free or almost free legal documents for those interested in do-it-yourself template law, almost free attorney reviews of documents computer surfers draft themselves, and low cost attorney turnkey services for wills, real estate closings, form of entity registrations, and many more. This session will discuss what's out there to contend with, and how you can compete and win those clients away from Internet rivals.

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

Speakers: Donna Drumm, Discoverlaw
Carol Greenwald, Consultant, MarketingPartners

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


SAVE THE DATE!

Small Law Firm Practice Development and Time Management Breakfast
Work-Life Balance Tune-Up for Lawyers
Thursday, October 18, 2012 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Registration fee includes breakfast.

Work-Life Balance Tune-Up for Lawyers: How to achieve the professional success to which you aspire without making unhealthy personal compromises.
Whether you're a seasoned partner or a new law firm owner, this program will provide you with concrete strategies to tackle the balancing act inherent in the high-stress field of law. You'll come away with both inspiring insights AND practical tools to help you successfully synthesize your professional achievement and your personal fulfillment.

You'll learn:

  • Dispelling the Myths of "Work-Life" Balance: What's Achievable and What's Not
  • Clear Priorities: How to Assess What You Reall Want and Need from Your Practice, and How That Impacts Your Life
  • Healthy Standards and Strong Boundaries: When and How to Say Yes, and When and How to Say No
  • Stress Reduction for Lawyers: Specific Techniques to Optimize Your Focus and Energy While Reducing Psychological, Emotional and Physical Tension
  • Designing and Implementing Your Plan: How to Set Specific Actions and Timelines to Get from Where You Are Now to Where You Want to Be.
Moderator: Alla Roytberg, Director of the Small Law Firm Center

Speakers:
Bill Jawitz is the founder of SuccessTrackESQ, a coaching and consulting firm which works exclusively with attorneys and law firms to help them improve their client development and productivity outcomes.
Dr. Pamela Enders, Ph.D. teaches lawyers and individuals in other high-pressure professions how to develop sustainable peak performance. Dr. Enders is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and has taught at the Beasley School of Law at Temple University. Her articles on life balance have appeared frequently in the Lawyering and Living column of The New Jersey Lawyer newspaper.


Upcoming Fall/Winter Small Law Firm Luncheons

November 29, 2012 - Advantages Accrue When You Put Clients First
December 13, 2012 - Integrating Networking - Online and Off - Makes Sense

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


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


Finding Your Passion During Tough Economic Times
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Small Law Firm Practice Development and Time Management Breakfast
Work-Life Balance Tune-Up for Lawyers
Thursday, October 18, 2012 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Small Law Firm Luncheon
Don't Let the Internet Eat Your Lunch
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM




Practicing in NYS Supreme Court
Thursday, October 11, 2012 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Recent Developments in Civil Practice 2012: CPLR & Evidence
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Taking and Defending Depositions
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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