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Dear Solo and Small Firm Practitioners,

As we enter the Fall Season infused with summer energy and new ideas, things undoubtedly are looking up. Over the summer, the Small Law Firm Center has circulated a survey among its members. Its goals were to help determine the current needs of solo and small firm practitioners, to hear your concerns, to read your suggestions and to incorporate them into our November 8th Small Law Firm Symposium as well as future programming at the NYC Bar. Out of nearly 700 responses, the great majority were from more experienced lawyers, and from those who are either solo practitioners or have owned their firms for some time. I will provide some details on Survey results next month, but in the meantime, we thank you for your comments and are tailoring this year's Small Law Firm Symposium to specifically address your needs, as well as to continue to address the needs of those of you who are on the brink of starting your own law firm.

With this in mind, here is a list of programs and events that we hope to present to you in the Fall of 2012.

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.

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Small Law Firm luncheon
Prevent Theft & Embezzlement in the Digital Age
Thursday, September 27, 2012 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Whether you have 1 employee or 50, this timely and informative seminar will help you and your clients prevent electronic employee theft. This includes intellectual property, client information, proprietary information, and embezzlement. You will not only learn preventative measures you should take immediately, but also what actions to take if theft or embezzlement occurs.

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

Speakers: Joel Greenwald, Managing Partner, Greenwald Doherty LLP
Greg Cancilla, EnCE, Director of Forensics, RVM, Inc.

Registration by September 24 is necessary. 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
Tapping the Power of Practice Focus: How to Create or Refine Your Niche to Attract and Close More A-Quality Clients
Thursday, September 20, 2012 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Registration fee includes breakfast.

Clients increasingly expect their attorneys to have specialized knowledge of, and experience with, the specific problem or opportunity for which they're seeking legal help. This hands-on program will lead you through a proven process to identify where and how to capitalize on your experience and interests in order to more effectively reach A-level prospects.

You'll learn:

  • The myths and misconceptions about "niching"
  • How to research possible niches
  • How to differentiate yourself in the marketplace with a strong value proposition
  • How to improve both your gross revenues and your profit margins by narrowing your focus
  • How to make the transition from your current practice profile.

Who Should Attend:

  • General practice attorneys who are seeking to transition into fewer, better defined areas
  • Attorneys who are already semi-focused into a few practice areas or industries but who want to go deeper
  • In-house counsel or attorneys in existing firms thinking of starting their own practice
  • Younger lawyers looking to jumpstart their business development strategy

Moderator: Alla Roytberg, Director of the Small Law Firm Center

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.
Joshua C. Nathan is the former Vice President for Business Affairs, General Counsel, and Secretary of WNET. He recently opened his own firm, using the process outlined in the program.

Upcoming Fall/Winter Small Law Firm Luncheons

October 30, 2012 - Don't Let the Internet Eat Your Lunch
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.

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

Small Law Firm Practice Development and Time Management Breakfast
Tapping the Power of Practice Focus: How to Create or Refine Your Niche to Attract and Close More A-Quality Clients
Thursday, September 20, 2012 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Careers in the Courts: The Road to the Bench and Other Less-Traveled Judicial Roles
Thursday, September 20, 2012 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Small Law Firm luncheon
Prevent Theft & Embezzlement in the Digital Age
Thursday, September 27, 2012 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Residential Real Estate Closings: What You Need to Know from Pre-Contract to Closing
(Both Days) Monday, September 10 and Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Ins & Outs of Recovering Assets Via Whistleblowers & Other Tipsters
Thursday, September 27, 2012 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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