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September 2010 Newsletter

A NOTE FROM THE SLFC DIRECTOR

"You send your child to the schoolmaster, but 'tis the schoolboys who educate him." – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dear Solo and Small Firm Practitioners,

Welcome to the fall of 2010 at the New York City Bar. As we end these warm days of summer and send our children to their schools, colleges and graduate schools, we often ponder our own educational experiences. Our law school has taught us how to approach a legal issue, our law firm experience has enabled us to gain confidence in a particular practice area, but it is to our peers that we turn to brainstorm about how to run our business. It is in the Small Law Firm Community of the New York City Bar, its Library, its committees, its workshops and its networking events, that we are able to obtain badly needed advice on how to bill (or not to bill) a client, what computer to purchase, where to turn to for a good quote on malpractice or health insurance or how to build a good website. We learn from our collective successes and failures and emerge, at the end of the day, better informed, more confident and better equipped to face the next day in a life of a small law firm practitioner. Read more


A MESSAGE FROM MARSH AFFINITY GROUP SERVICES

March 23, 2010* September 23, 2010* January 1, 2014*

Milestone dates in heathcare reform

While incremental changes will be made along the way, most Americans will not experience the impact of healthcare reform to any great degree until 2014. Like most members, you will need to continue to make important decisions about health insurance for you and your employees, especially when it comes to managing premium costs.

Whether you use your health insurance benefits to any great extent or not, you will likely face increasing health insurance premiums each year until 2014 and possibly beyond.

So what can you do until then? Read more



Join our Virtual Small Law Firm Center Community on Facebook and Linked In!

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


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
Avoiding the Newest Pitfalls With Technology That Can Destroy Your Practice or Your Clients' Business
Thursday, September 16, 2010 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

The landscape of the world is changing with the expansion of technology. Please join us for this informative seminar to learn how to mitigate risk and the high costs associated with litigation and e-Discovery, for yourself and your clients.

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

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

Sponsored by:

Registration by September 13 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.


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 "The 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.


SAVE THE DATE!

Annual Law Practice Management Symposium
Tuesday, November 4, 2010
Registration information and program details to follow

The Small Law Firm Center Presents: A Three Part Evening Series for Seasoned Solos and Small Firm Practitioners

Sponsored by:

Session I: Minimize Growing Pains - Expand Your Small Firm Practice with the help of Contract Attorneys
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Wine & Cheese Reception 6:30 PM - 7:15 PM
Program: 7:15 PM - 8:30 PM

Session II: Legal Research options for Growing Solos and Small Firms
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Wine & Cheese Reception 6:30 PM - 7:15 PM
Program: 7:15 PM - 8:30 PM

Session III: 10 Practice Management Tips to help make your Small Firm blossom
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Wine & Cheese Reception 6:30 PM - 7:15 PM
Program: 7:15 PM - 8:30 PM