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Dear Solo and Small Firm Practitioners,

Welcome to the Fall of 2013 at the New York City Bar. It has been a pleasure to see familiar faces of solo and small firm practitioners at our events, in our library and in our networking groups. The NYC Bar has truly become the home of the small firm lawyer, and we are continuously looking for new ways to enhance your busy lives, support your small law firms and help with business development and practice management, so that you can do what you do best — practice law and make your clients happy. In the 2013-2014 year we have expanded our Mentoring Circles from 3 groups to 6 in various practice areas. If you have not yet signed up, but would like to do so, we close the groups prior to our Kick-Off Reception on September 18th. To find out more about mentoring circles, please click here. Our monthly Small Law Firm Luncheons continue, with the first one, entitled E-Discovery & Data Odyssey for Small Firms, on September 24th.

Finally, this year, on November 14th, we are pleased to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our yearly Small Law Firm Symposium, a full day event of workshops, trade show of vendors who cater to the needs of solo and small firm practitioners and extensive networking. The Symposium Day serves as a one-stop trove of valuable information for lawyers who are either on the brink of starting their own practice or those who already run small firms and seek to improve them. The fee to attend is very modest, includes breakfast, lunch and a networking reception at the end of the day, and the benefits are great. Don't miss it. Please click here to find out more.

Wishing everyone a productive month of September,

Alla Roytberg

Small Law Firm Mentoring Circles - 2013-2014 - MEMBER EXCLUSIVE

The New York City Bar Mentoring Circles are designed to serve members at all stages of their practice. Each Circle will include several experienced lawyers and a somewhat larger group of newer lawyers who are establishing a practice.

In a traditional mentoring set up, experienced practitioners advise junior practitioners one-on-one. With Mentoring Circles, each member is both a mentee and a mentor and all members receive professional development and networking opportunities. While the benefits to a newer attorney might be obvious, Circles offer equally valuable opportunities to more experienced attorneys, for whom networking with newer solos and small firm practitioners may open up opportunities for help with piled up legal work and expansion of business through referrals of cases.
Mentoring Circles provide members with a confidential and more personal forum that allows the groups to hone law practice development and management skills, build relationships, expand referral networks and engage in substantive discussions.

The City Bar Mentoring Circles are divided into the following areas:

  • Corporate Practice Circle
  • Family Law Circle
  • General Practice Circle
  • Immigration Circle
  • Intellectual Property Circle
  • Litigation Circle

You must be a current City Bar member to participate. Attendance is limited and the annual cost of participation is $200. If you would like to join a Mentoring Circle please click here to fill out and submit a Mentoring Circle application. Not all applicants are assured of being placed in a Mentoring Circle. Anyone not placed in a Circle will have her/his payment refunded. A schedule of meeting dates is below. Each meeting will begin with a 30 minute reception where members of all six Circles can benefit from joint networking. The reception will be followed by individual breakouts for each Circle lasting up to one hour.

Mentoring Circles Kick-off Reception
Wednesday, September 18 - 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Meeting dates for the 2013-2014 year are as follows:
October 16 at 8:30 AM
November 20 at 8:30 AM
December 18 at 8:30 AM
January 22 at 6:00 PM
March 19 at 8:30 AM
April 23 at 8:30 AM
May 21 at 6:00 PM
June 18 at 8:30 AM

For questions about the Mentoring Circles please contact Alla Roytberg at alla_roytberg@nycbar.org or Martha Harris at mharris@nycbar.org.

The NYC Bar Full Day Small Law Firm Symposium

Don't miss the 10th Anniversary Annual Small Law Firm Practice Management Symposium on November 14, 2013, which is entitled "Your Small Law Firm in the 21st Century". 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. Learn how to leverage cloud technology, while avoiding ethical pitfalls, how to expand your firm with "of counsel" relationships and partnerships, how to attract clients with creative billing strategies and how to avoid malpractice claims. Most importantly, network with your colleagues throughout day at the trade show and at the "Seasoned Solo" Drop-in Center and at our complementary breakfast, luncheon and the wind down reception with live music. The early bird registration fee is an incredible $35.00 for members and $65.00 for non-members. For more information or to register for the Symposium, click here or on the brochure below.

Don't Miss These Upcoming CLE Programs

Hot Topics Affecting Cooperatives and Condominiums-Cases & Marketplace Developments in the Last Six Months
Friday, October 25, 2013 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Current Legal Ethical Issues with Professor Stephen Gillers
Monday, October 28, 2013 8:00 PM - 8:05 PM

Divorce Law 101: Breaking Up Doesn't Have to Be Hard to Do
Friday, November 1, 2013 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM

Adoption Law 101
Friday, November 1, 2013 1:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Anatomy of a Trial: Tips & Strategies to Win Your Case
Thursday, November 14, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Development Rights & Wrongs: The Dos and Don'ts of Zoning Lot Mergers & Development Rights Transfers in New York City
Monday, December 9, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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.

Small Law Firm Vendor Program

We are currently in the process of expanding the Small Law Firm Vendor program and would appreciate it if you spread the word and recommend your firm's favorite qualified vendors.

This pilot program has been established by the Small Law Firm Center of the NYC Bar in collaboration with its Committee on Small Law Firms to help members obtain services from Small Business Vendors.

Vendors must provide law-related goods and services in certain specified areas as well as a significant added value to NYC Bar members, which may consist of preferred pricing, expedited or free delivery, extension of volume discounts, product add-ons, free or no fee services, service warranties and guarantees, or the provision of such other items or services that are otherwise not generally available to small law firms.

To qualify as a small business vendor, participant must have had either gross sales under $500,000 or less that 12 full-time employees in a prior calendar year. All vendors are required to provide 2 NYC Bar member references. These references are verified by members of the Committee on Small Law Firms. If you know a vendor who is interested in participating in this directory please send an email to the Small Law Firm Center Director, Alla Roytberg at 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.


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
E-Discovery & Data Odyssey for Small Firms
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Learn about the latest technology and protocols for navigating the seas of data e-discovery. These valuable tools allow small law firms to handle bigger cases and control costs during litigations and investigations.

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

Speaker: Sanjay Manocha, Director of Discovery Analytics and Review, RVM, Inc.

Registration by September 20 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.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - Save Marketing Time and Money: Use the Internet

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.

Contemplative Practice for Lawyers: What's in It for Me?
Thursday, September 19, 2013, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Affordable Care Act: What You Need To Know
Thursday, September 19, 2013, 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Small Law Firm Luncheon
E-Discovery & Data Odyssey for Small Law Firms
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM


Residential Real Estate Closings: What You Need to Know from Pre-Contract to Closing
(Two-day program)
September 16 and 23, 2013 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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