2011 SEPTEMBER

A NOTE FROM THE SLFC DIRECTOR

“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship”
— Louisa May Alcott

Dear Solo and Small Firm Practitioners,

Welcome to the Fall of 2011 at the Small Law Firm Center of the New York City Bar. Every day we continue to wonder how and when will the economic burdens lighten, whether our life would return to “normal” and how would we define “normal” at this point anyway. Yet, this month the 10th Anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks reminds us, that we are able to survive great disasters, persevere and succeed amid storms and overcome adversity with a united force of spirit, comradeship and an unfaltering belief that we can continue to improve our lives and the world around us. On a smaller scale, this refers to our law practice, our families and our friends and colleagues at the New York City Bar.

During our first Small Law Firm Luncheon, which takes place on September 20, 2011 on the topic of Security and Ethics of Cloud Computing, we will devote the first 10 minutes to a brainstorming discussion on strategies needed to withstand the latest economic woes. Please make sure to join us.

DoníŽt miss the 8th Annual Law Practice Management Symposium on November 10, 2011, which is entitled “Small Firm Startup and the Art of Thriving in Tumultuous Times”. Whether you are just starting out or have been in business for decades, the Symposium’s workshops are tailored to meet everyone’s needs. Learn the basics of small firm startup or how to grow your existing practice in a cost-effective way. Brush up on the social media dos and don’ts and get valuable information on websites, and marketing to clients “on and off” the internet. Participate in the Billing Practices Roundtable and, most importantly, network with your colleagues throughout the day at the “Seasoned Solo” Drop-in Center and at our complimentary breakfast, luncheon and the wind down reception with live music. The cost of attendance is an incredible $25.00 for members and $50.00 for nonmembers. Registration information will be available soon.

If you would like to schedule an appointment to meet with me, I am usually available on Tuesdays and Thursdays of each week. If you send me at email at aroytberg@nycbar.org , I will be glad to schedule a meeting.

With Best Regards,

Alla Roytberg


Save the Date!

New York City Bar Law Practice Management Symposium

Thursday, November 10, 2011
Stay tuned...


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.

or

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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SAVE THE DATE!

Small Law Firm luncheon
Security and Ethics of Cloud Computing
Thursday, September 20, 2011 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

UPDATE: In view of recent events, this program with begin with a 10 minute brainstorming discussion on strategies needed for small law firms to survive current economic woes.

Cloud computing is one of the hottest trends in technology. Rather than installing and running software on your local computer, your software and data is hosted by a third party and made available over the Internet. During this informative seminar you will learn what lawyers need to be aware of including security, discovery, privacy risks, and ethical implications.

Moderator:
Mark A. Josephson, Esq., CPA, CFP, CFE
Murray & Josephson, CPA's, LLC

Speakers:
Michael Cardello III
Moritt Hock Hamroff & Horowitz LLP
Greg Cancilla
EnCE Director of Forensics, RVM Inc

Sponsored by:

Registration by September 15 is necessary. The fee, which includes lunch, is $30 for members, $50 for non-members. Please click HERE to register online.


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.


UPCOMING SMALL LAW FIRM LUNCHEONS - SAVE THE DATE

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

October 25, 2011 - Networking Through Groups: How Can I Get Business Through Group Membership?

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?


Lawyers Connect Annual Reception
First Thursdays Series
Thursday, September 8, 2011 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Small Law Firm Luncheon
Security and Ethics of Cloud Computing
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Contemplative Lawyers Group
“What is This?” Practice and Law Practice
Thursday, September 22, 2011 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM




A Mediation Career: Getting Started
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Residential Real Estate Closings: What You Need to Know from Pre-Contract to Closing
Monday, September 19, 2011 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Completing Professional Liability Applications to Maximize Your Protection
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM



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