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March 2010 Newsletter

A NOTE FROM THE SLFC DIRECTOR

"I am not young enough to know everything."
~Oscar Wilde

Dear Solo and Small Firm Practitioners,

In recent weeks I have met with many of you who are in the process of starting your own practice, not by choice, but out of necessity. Whether you are recent law school graduates or seasoned lawyers whose practice areas have been phased out, the common denominator is that many of you are trying to start a new area of practice, the one in which you do not have significant legal expertise. Of course, ideally, we should never start our own law firm or add on a practice area without first being trained and nurtured in a firm by experienced attorneys. However, often in the current market this is no longer a viable option. So what is a lawyer to do? Read more


Health Care Plans at the City Bar

You don't want to spend more than you have to for health insurance. However, buying a health plan because it's cheap could do you more harm than good: smaller premiums generally reflect fewer benefits. Make sure you know what coverage is right for your health needs, and be aware of what you may be giving up in return for lower premiums. Don't wait until a costly illness to understand your health coverage.



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!

Cultivating Work-Life Synergy for a Solo or Small Law Firm Practitioner
Part I of a three part luncheon series - Stress/Time Management
Thursday, March 11, 2010 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

This workshop will help you build real skills and achieve personal and professional success by managing time, relationships and tasks in your legal and personal experience.

Moderator: Alla Roytberg, Director of the Small Law Firm Center, New York City Bar

Speaker: Arnie Herz, Legal Sanity Learning Programs

Sponsored by:

Registration by March 5, 2010 is necessary. The fee, which includes lunch, is $30 for members; $50 for non-members.


AN IMPROVED 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.


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Effective Technology for the Small Law Firm
Part 3 of a three part luncheon series �V Computer and Data Security
Thursday, March 18, 2010 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Your computer and data are at risk --- from hackers, from equipment failure and from human error. In this luncheon seminar you will learn what steps you need to take to protect your computer and data from intrusion and loss.

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

Speaker: David J. Rosenbaum, Real-Time Computer Services, Inc.

Sponsored by:

Registration by March 15th is necessary. The fee, which includes lunch, is $30 for members; $50 for non-members.


WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

The Small Law Firms Committee of the New York City Bar Association has created a survey for the purpose of collecting information on law firm management from solo and small firm practitioners.

The survey is completely anonymous. You may obtain the final results by contacting Olivera Medenica atOMedenica@wrlawfirm.com. Your participation is crucial as it will assist our committee in accurately assessing the needs of our community with the view of creating a report on law firm management best practices in the current economic environment.

The estimated completion time for this survey is approximately 10 minutes. To fill out the survey, please clickHERE. We thank you for your time.


SAVE THE DATE!

Family Mediation - Expanding Your Practice While Helping Clients Save Money
Small Law Firm Luncheon
April 22, 2010 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Strategies to De-Stress Your Life for a Solo or Small Firm Practitioner
Small Law Firm Center Stress/Time Management Luncheon Series - Part 2 of 3
April 27, 2010 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM