2013 OCTOBER

A NOTE FROM THE SLFC DIRECTOR

"We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything
about science and technology." — Dr. Carl Sagan

Dear Solo and Small Firm Practitioners,

In 2013 we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the NYC Bar's event for Solo and Small Firm Practitioners – Our Annual Small Law Firm Practice Management Symposium. This year's Symposium's focus is on your law firm's needs in the 21st Century. It will take place on November 14, 2013 and is designed to 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 law practice management 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 heart's content during our breakfast, lunch and an afternoon reception all for an unbelievably low attendance fee of $35 (early bird rate) for members.

Here is the list of the workshops that take place throughout the day, including those taking place concurrently:

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM Client Development: Expanding Your Client Base Through Cost-Effective Startup Websites and Networking "On and Off" Line
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM Small Firm Startup on a Shoestring Budget OR Growing Your Firm By Expanding and Nurturing Business Relationships (Choose one)
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Benefits, Pitfalls and Ethics of Cloud-Based Technology
1:15 PM - 1:45 PM Increasing Your Firm's Business By Utilizing NYC Bar Resources
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM Ethics and Social Media OR Billing to Get Paid: Billing Practices Roundtable (Choose one)
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Worst Case Scenario: The Do's and Don'ts of Case Selection, Management and Client Communications

Please click on the link below to view the brochure for this year's Symposium. If you wish to register, click here.

I am also thrilled to report the successful launch of year 2 of our Mentoring Circles in September. The event, attended by over 100 people, was a success, there are 6 MCircles this year, and they will meet on a monthly basis until the end of May of 2014. The MCircle registration will close for this year's program on October 15, 2013. We will reopen registration for next year's program in the Summer of 2014. If you are interested in learning more about the Mentoring Circles, please click here to visit our website.

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

Alla Roytberg



Ronald Reagan's Speaking Secrets for Attorneys

Contributed by Maria Guida, President and founder of Successful Speaker, Inc.

Ronald Reagan often read his speeches aloud as he addressed his audiences. To do this successfully -- to engage his listeners -- he had to become a master at reading a speech while maintaining good eye contact and sounding conversational.

As an attorney, you may on occasion be called upon to read a piece of text to clients, prospects, colleagues, or jurors – and fully engage them at the same time. In this situation, you should apply the strategy that Ronald Reagan learned during his years as an actor.

The technique, called "See-Stop-Say", is designed to help the speaker (originally, the actor) engage the listener by sounding spontaneous, conversational, and completely unscripted.

To begin, be sure that the text (printed large on your page!) does not appear in traditional paragraph form, but in phrases or thought groups that will be manageable for your eyes to absorb quickly.

Follow this three-step process:


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.


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
Save Marketing Time and Money: Use the Internet
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Most of us use the internet to get information on potential purchases, current events and news from friends and family. Harness the smartphone habit, key in to web-enabled research capabilities and turn your LinkedIn profile into a marketing magnet. Our panel will discuss ways to use internet-enabled options to increase your visibility in your target market and convert viewers to clients.

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

Speakers:
Richard Goldstein, Goldstein Patent Law
Sabra Sasson, Sabra Law Group, PLLC
Carol Schiro Greenwald, Ph.D., MarketingPartners

Registration by October 18 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.

November 19, 2013 - Profitable Pricing: Don't Think Billable Hour, Think Value

December 19, 2013 - Networking Tips to Maximize Holiday Partying


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.


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.


Small Law Firm Luncheon
Save Marketing Time and Money: Use the Internet
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

The New Front is Online - Are Your Defenses Ready?
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

 

Social Media: Advising Clients on the Do's and Don'ts
Friday, October 4, 2013 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Employment Laws Affecting LGBT Workers: Recent Developments & Best Practices
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Lessons from the Smartphone Wars: Surprising Developments in Patent, Copyright & Licensing
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM


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