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SMALL AND SOLO ATTORNEYS UNITE!
Co-Chair, Daniel Coffey, Esq. Daniel@dcoffeylaw.com
Co-Chair, Sarah Gold, Esq., Gold Law Firm, sg@goldlawny.com
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(From the April 2014 Newsletter)

On April 24th at 8:00 am in the offices of Bowitch & Coffey (17 Elk St, Albany), Paul Malecki will be presenting on “10 Easy Ways to Commit Malpractice in Property Transactions.”    Paul will give a presentation and talk on the 10 ways non-real estate attorneys can get into trouble handling property transactions.   This transitional CLE will generate One Hour of Skills and the fee to attend will be $20. Coffee and Bagels will be available!  Please email coffey@bcalbany.com to RSVP.

Mark your calendar for these other exciting upcoming events:

 May 1 – 20th Anniversary Law Day Run Against Domestic Violence at the Crossings at Colonie.

 July 7 – Tri-City Valleycats game / Out of the Pits fundraiser with Young Lawyers and NYSBA Real Property Section

 July 24 -   Small and Solo Committee and Committee on Public Service Day at Yankee Stadium

 Details will be forthcoming for all of these events.

 We'd love to meet even more of you in 2014.  If you'd like to add to the conversation, join us on LinkedIn at: http://tinyurl.com/m2w8odv


(From the February 2014 Newsletter)

The ACBA Small and Solo Committee is comprised of attorneys working solo or in firms smaller than ten attorneys.  We have several meetings and events a year tailored to the special needs of attorneys practicing in small or solo firms.

There is no cost to join.  Simply send an email to Dan at coffey@bcalbany.com or Sarah at sg@goldlawny.com and we will add you to the committee list.   If you are on LinkedIn, link to the Albany County Bar Association Small and Solo Committee page.

Our last meeting was on a cold January 7th at Professor Java’s on Wolf Road.  Josh Duvall and Bill Jerome, of Capital Financial Services, talked about retirement planning and investments for small/solo attorneys.

We are currently working on events/speakers/Happy Hours for 2014.  If you have an idea for an event or speaker, please contact Dan or Sarah.

Spring will most assuredly be here soon.   We have a tentative date of July 24 for an ACBA day at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.  A-Rod will not likely be there, but hopefully Captain Jeter will.  Thanks to Lisa Harris-Eglin of the Committee of Attorneys in the Public Service for setting this up.  Details to follow.

Speaking of baseball, we would like to set up an ACBA baseball league this spring with Small and Solos competing against some of the Capital District’s law firms.  It would be an informal league, with “standings” published on the ACBA website.   Send Dan an email if your firm is interested in participating – and if you’d be willing to serve as the “Commissioner.”

Finally, the Law Day Run Against Domestic Violence celebrates its 20th Anniversary this May 1.   This will be Dan’s 19th time running the race.   If you are able to lend a hand and help with organizing the event, please contact ACBA.

If you'd like to add to the conversation, join us on LinkedIn at: http://tinyurl.com/m2w8odv.

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(From the December 2013 Newsletter)

The ACBA Small and Solo Committee is comprised of attorneys working solo or in firms smaller than ten attorneys.  We have several meetings and events a year tailored to the special needs of attorneys practicing in small or solo firms.  There is no cost to join.  Simply send an email to me at coffey@bcalbany.com and we will add you to the committee list.   If you are on LinkedIn, link to the Albany County Bar Association Small and Solo Committee page.
 
First of all, welcome to Sarah Gold who will be serving as the co-chair of the Small/Solo Group.   Sarah is with the Gold Law Firm and has been an active member in the group for many years.

On November 14 a small and cordial group of attorneys met for drinks at The Hollow in Albany to talk shop and discuss the quickly approaching year-end. 
 
SAVE THE DATE:   Our next meeting is January 7, 2014 at 8 am at Professor Java’s on Wolf Road.   Joshua Duvall, a wealth advisor, will be speaking on retirement planning and investments for small/solo attorneys.
 
For 2014, we are looking into obtaining a block of tickets to see a Yankees game in the Bronx in July or August.   A-Rod may or may not be there.   Thanks to Lisa R. Harris-Eglin of the Committee of Attorneys in the Public Service for looking into this.
 
We'd love to meet even more of you in 2014.  If you'd like to add to the conversation, join us on LinkedIn at: http://tinyurl.com/m2w8odv.

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(From the November 2013 Newsletter)

The ACBA Small and Solo Committee is comprised of attorneys working solo or in firms smaller than ten attorneys.  We have several meetings and events a year tailored to the special needs of attorneys practicing in small or solo firms.
 
Welcome to our new members:  John McGuire, Phil Tribble and Justine Spada.
There is no cost to join.  Simply send an email to me at coffey@bcalbany.com and I will add you to the committee list.   If you are on LinkedIn, link to the Albany County Bar Association Small and Solo Committee page.
 
Attorney and Small/solo member John Fisher gave a Powerpoint presentation October 15 on "How to Build the Law Practice of your Dreams – Marketing 101.”   Participants received one hour CLE for practice management.   We are planning on having a CLE in the near future on “Computers, Ipads and Attorney Software.”   Our own Paul Malecki has presented in the past and has offered to do another program.   If anyone else out there can help with a short CLE on these topics, let me know.
 
The Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition will take place January 23-26.  They need attorneys to serve as brief judges and oral argument judges.   Let me know if you can lend a hand and I will send you the details.
 
We are joining the Young Lawyers November 16 in a Habitat for Humanity build.   If you can lend a hand, please email James Barnes at jbarnes@burkecasserly.com.
 
We are also planning a Happy Hour for November 14th at the Hollow Bar (formerly the Bayou Café), 79 North Pearl Street at 5:30 PM. You can just let us know you’ll be coming by emailing me at coffey@bcalbany.com or acba@albanycountybar.com.

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(From the October 2013 Newsletter)

The Small/Solo Committee meets several times a year to discuss issues unique to the challenges of running a small/solo law firm in Albany County.  We have guest speakers and CLE courses tailored for the small/solos.  We also help out with charitable causes such as Habitat for Humanity, and have several social events such as Happy Hours.  Membership is free so contact me at coffey@bcalbany.com if you would like to get involved with this committee and added to our email chain.  
If you’re on LinkedIn, Link to the Albany County Bar Association – Small/Solo page.
 
Our next meeting is October 15 at my office (17 Elk Street, Albany - park along Elk Street) at 8 AM.  We are excited to have back John Fisher, an attorney with offices in Albany and Kingston.   John spoke to our group this spring on marketing for small/solo attorneys and the event was very well attended.  This time John will be speaking and giving a Powerpoint presentation on "How to Build the Law Practice of your Dreams – Marketing 101.”    [One hour CLE credit in Law Practice Management].  Join us for coffee & bagels!!
 
We are also looking to have a Happy Hour this fall and to work on another charity event, such as Habitat for Humanity.
 
Email me at coffey@bcalbany.com if you have any ideas or want to get (more) involved in this great committee.

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(From the September 2013 Newsletter)

Welcome back.  Hopefully you were able to break away from your practice for a bit and enjoy a vacation this summer.
 
The Small/Solo Committee meets several times a year to discuss issues unique to the challenges of running a small/solo law firm in Albany County.  We have guest speakers and CLE courses tailored for the small/solos.  We also help out with charitable causes such as Habitat for Humanity, and have several social events such as Happy Hours.  Membership is free so contact me at coffey@bcalbany.com if you would like to get involved with this committee and added to our email chain.  
If you’re on LinkedIn, Link to the Albany County Bar Association – Small/Solo page.
 
The Small/Solos attempted to play softball against some of the large firms this summer, but the weather forced two cancelations.  Since the other teams canceled first, I will count that as forfeits and we will head into the off-season with a successful 2-0 record.  We look forwarding to extending our winning streak in 2014!
 
We plan on offering more CLE programs targeted to the Small/Solo attorneys this fall.   So far this year, we have heard from attorney John Fisher on internet marketing for Small/Solos and Michael Murphy on Ethics for the Small/Solos. 
Please email me at coffey@bcalbany.com if you are able to give us an hour of your time to come present a CLE topic of interest to our members (or know someone you can recommend). 
 
We will also have a Happy Hour in either October or November.
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(From the June 2013 Newsletter)

The Small/Solo Committee meets several times a year to discuss issues unique to the challenges of running a small/solo law firm in Albany County.  We have guest speakers and CLE courses tailored for the small/solos.  We also help out with charitable causes such as Habitat for Humanity, and have several social events such as Happy Hours each year.  Membership is free so contact me at coffey@bcalbany.com if you would like to get involved with this committee and added to our email chain.  

Mike Murphy, of Carter Conboy, presented a one-hour ethics CLE entitled “Ethics and Civility for the Small/Solo Law Firm in New York” June 4, 2013 at 8 am at Citizen’s Bank, 833 Broadway (north Broadway), Albany.   20 people attended and received one hour of CLE Credit in Ethics.

We are looking for more speakers and other events for this summer or fall.

If you’re on LinkedIn, Link to the Albany County Bar Association – Small/Solo page.


(From the May 2013 Newsletter)

The Small/Solo Committee meets several times a year to discuss issues unique to the challenges of running a small/solo law firm in Albany County.  We have guest speakers and CLE courses tailored for the small/solos.  We also help out with charitable causes such as Habitat for Humanity, and have several social events such as Happy Hours each year.  Membership is free so contact me at coffey@bcalbany.com if you would like to get involved with this committee.  

Spring is finally here and our thoughts turn to baseball.   I’m looking to form a rag-tag team of Small/Solo attorneys to play pick up softball games against some of the “bigger” law firms in town.   Perhaps we can even form an informal league, with league standings and bragging rights.  If you’re a small/solo attorney (or you’re with a larger firm and want to challenge us), email me at coffey@bcalbany.com.  If you’ve ever seen me swing a bat, you know that NO ACTUAL SOFTBALL SKILL IS REQUIRED.   Ability to catch a ball while holding a beer is a plus.

Speaking of baseball, the NY Yankees contacted the bar association about doing a group event this spring.   We are exploring reserving a date for the Small/Solos, Young Lawyers, Public Sector Attorneys, etc. to head to the Bronx to see a game (hopefully Jeter will be back).

I’d like to do an ethics CLE for the Small/Solos in June. If you are able to give an hour of your time to do a breakfast ethics CLE to our group, please contact me.

If you’re on LinkedIn, Link to the Albany County Bar Association – Small/Solo page.

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(From the April 2013 Newsletter)

The Small/Solo Committee meets several times a year to discuss issues to the unique challenges of small/solo law firms in Albany County.  We also have guest speakers and CLE courses tailored for the small/solos.  We also help out with charitable causes such as Habitat for Humanity, and have several social events such as Happy Hours each year.  Membership is free so contact me at coffey@bcalbany.com if you would like to get involved with this committee.

We’ve met twice already this year, and have had two great guest speakers.  We met January 22 at Professor Java’s, Wolf Road.  Pam Elliott of A&G Title and Settlement Services discussed issues related to title insurance.  Our committee also met March 7 at 8 AM at Bowitch & Coffey, Albany.  Attorney and committee member John Fisher presented a free CLE Powerpoint on: “How to get your Law Firm’s Website on the First Page of Google…and Three Things your Webmaster doesn’t want you to know”.   We had standing-room only attendance for the free bagels and free CLE.

If you’re on LinkedIn, Link to the Albany County Bar Association – Small/Solo page.

Please email me your ideas for future speakers and future activities for this committee:  coffey@bcalbany.com.

Finally, while not a “Small/Solo” event, I hope you can come join everyone Wednesday April 24 for the 19th Annual Run Against Domestic Violence 5K Run/Walk.    Note that due to renovations at Washington Park, the event will be held this year at the Crossings, 580 Albany-Shaker Road, Colonie and will be on a Wednesday this year.   I will be heading up the kids runs at 5:30 (1/4 mile and 1 mile), so bring the kids.   The 5K starts at 6:15 pm.  Hard to believe, but I was on the inaugural Law Day Run committee 19 short years ago.  It is a great night to see old friends, get a little fresh air and help raise money for a very worthy cause.  More information in this newsletter and you can register online at www.zippyreg.com.

(From the March 2013 Newsletter)
The Small/Solo Committee meets several times a year to discuss issues to the unique challenges of small/solo law firms in Albany County.  We also have guest speakers and CLE courses tailored for the small/solos.  We also help out with charitable causes such as Habitat for Humanity, and have several social events such as Happy Hours each year.  Membership is free so contact me at coffey@bcalbany.com if you would like to get involved with this committee.

Our committee met Thursday, March 7 at 8 AM at Bowitch & Coffey, 17 Elk Street, Albany.  Attorney and committee member John Fisher presented a free CLE Powerpoint on: “How to get your Law Firm’s Website on the First Page of Google…and Three Things your Webmaster doesn’t want you to know”.   We had a great turnout with approximately 20 people in attendance for the free bagels and free CLE!

If you’re on LinkedIn, Link to the Albany County Bar Association – Small/Solo page.

Let us hear your ideas for future speakers and future activities for this committee:  coffey@bcalbany.com.





Wednesday, March 7th at 8 a.m. Small/Solo Committee CLE meeting at Bowitch & Coffey, 17 Elk Street, Albany. 

Featured Speaker: John Fisher to present on “How to get your Law Firm’s Website on the First Page of Google…and Three Things your Webmaster doesn’t want you to know”.

1 Hour of Law Practice Management

To RSVP, please contact: The ACBA's office at 445-7691 or e-mail acba@albanycountybar.com.

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(From the Febuary 2013 Newsletter)

Our committee met January 22, 2012 at 8 AM at Professor Java’s, 217 Wolf Road (near the Holiday Inn-Wolf Road).  Our guest speaker was Pam Elliott of A&G Title and Settlement Services.  Pam discussed what title insurance is and why it is necessary, as well as why choosing the right title company is so important for the real estate attorney.   Thanks to Neil O’Connor for arranging the guest speaker.   

We are planning our next meeting for April.   Details, location and speaker TBD.

If you are a solo attorney or work for a small firm (ie, less than 10 attorneys) and are not already on my email list, send an email to coffey@bcalbany.com to be added to the contact list.  If you are on LinkedIn, link to our Albany County Bar Association Small/Solo LinkedIn page.

The Small/Solo Committee meets several times a year to discuss issues to the unique challenges of small/solo law firms in Albany County.  We also have guest speakers and CLE courses tailored for the small/solos.  We also help out with charitable causes such as Habitat for Humanity, and have several social events such as Happy Hours each year.  Membership is free so contact me at coffey@bcalbany.com if you would like to get involved with this committee.

SMALL AND SOLOS UNITE!

Hope everyone had a great and relaxing holiday!

Our next committee meeting is January 22, 2012 at 8 AM at Professor Java’s, 217 Wolf Road (near the Holiday Inn-Wolf Road).  Our guest speaker will be Pam of A&G Title and Settlement Services.  Pam will discuss what title insurance is and why it is necessary, as well as why choosing the right title company is so important for the real estate attorney.   Thanks to Neil O’Connor for arranging the guest speaker.   Please email Dan at coffey@bcalbany.com if you are able to attend.

If you are a solo attorney or work for a small firm (ie, less than 10 attorneys) and are not already on my email list, send an email to coffey@bcalbany.com to be added to the contact list.  If you are on LinkedIn, link to our Albany County Bar Association Small/Solo LinkedIn page.

The Small/Solo Committee meets several times a year to discuss issues to the unique challenges of small/solo law firms in Albany County.  We also have guest speakers and CLE courses tailored for the small/solos.  We also help out with charitable causes such as Habitat for Humanity, and have several social events such as Happy Hours each year.  Membership is free so contact me at coffey@bcalbany.com if you would like to get involved with this committee.

Also, we are looking for someone to take over as Chair of this Committee.  If you have any interest, please email me.

(From the Nov/Dec 2012 Newsletter)

If you are a solo attorney or work for a small firm (ie, less than 10 attorneys) and are not already on my email list, send an email to coffey@bcalbany.com to be added to the contact list.  If you are on LinkedIn, link to our Albany County Bar Association Small/Solo LinkedIn page.

The Small/Solo Committee meets several times a year to discuss issues unique to the challenges of small/solo law firms in Albany County.  We have guest speakers and CLE courses tailored for small/solos.  We also help out with charitable causes such as Habitat for Humanity, and have several social events such as Happy Hours each year.  Membership is free – contact me at coffey@bcalbany.com.  We are looking for new members, new ideas for activities for 2013.

On November 15, we held at Happy Hour at the new Lark Tavern.  The event was a joint HH with the ACBA Young Lawyers and the Capital District Women’s Bar Association.  We had a great turnout, great food and drink and great networking with the lawyers from these other groups.

Several committee members met October 23 for bagels and coffee and heard our guest speaker, Seth Meltzer, HR Consultant for Paychex, talk with us about employee issues, including the necessity of an employee handbook, keeping records and generally how to protect your firm from claims by current and past employees.  Thanks to Tabak and Kiosse for hosting!

We will not be having a holiday party, but hope to see some of the Small and Solos at ACBA’s Holiday Party December 13th from 6-8 pm at the Hampton Inn in downtown Albany.
 
We will have our next meeting in January after the holidays.  Possible future guest speakers include a speaker on immigration law, a speaker on title insurance and a speaker on marketing for small/solo firms.  As always, contact me at coffey@bcalbany.com if you have any ideas for future projects/programs. 

(From the October 2012 Newsletter)

Hope everyone had a great and relaxing summer!

Our next committee meeting is October 23 at 8:00 am at the offices of Tabak and Kiosse, 100 Great Oaks Boulevard, Suite 122, Albany.  Our guest speaker will be Seth Meltzer, HR Consultant for Paychex, who will discuss best practices for human resources, including wage reporting, record keeping, employee manuals, changes in the labor laws, etc.  Coffee and bagels provided.  Thanks to Leyla Kiosse for organizing!

The ACBA Vendor Fair is October 25 2:30- 4:30 pm at the Marriott – Wolf Road.  It is open to all ACBA members.  There is a CLE on Ethics preceding the Vendor Fair at 11:45 am.  See the ACBA website for more information and to sign up for the CLE.

The ACBA's Small and Solo Committee, in conjunction with the ACBA’s Young Lawyers Committee and the Capital District Women’s Bar Association are planning a Happy Hour on November 15th at 5:00 PM at the Lark Tavern. Join us for good food, good beverages and good company - this is a great way to meet new friends and colleagues.   To RSVP please contact Dan Coffey at coffey@bcalbany.com, James Barnes at jbarnes@burkecasserly.com or Barbara Davis at bdavis@albanycountybar.com.

If you are a solo attorney or work for a small firm (ie, less than 10 attorneys) and are not already on my email list, send an email to coffey@bcalbany.com to be added to the contact list.  If you are on LinkedIn, link to our Albany County Bar Association Small/Solo LinkedIn page.

The Small/Solo Committee meets several times a year to discuss issues to the unique challenges of small/solo law firms in Albany County.  We also have guest speakers and CLE courses tailored for the small/solos.  We also help out with charitable causes such as Habitat for Humanity, and have several social events such as Happy Hours each year.  Membership is free so contact me at coffey@bcalbany.com if you would like to get involved with this committee.

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New Office
As of June 1, I am no longer a “solo” but am still a “small” firm.  Gary Bowitch and I joined to form Bowitch & Coffey, LLC and moved from our current location to 17 Elk Street (a half block from the courthouse).  Stop by to visit.  By the time you read this, our new phone, email and website will hopefully be up and running: (518) 813-9500. coffey@bcalbany.com; www.bcalbany.com.

(From the June 2012 Newletter)

The Committee on Small and Solo Law Firms continues to grow.  If you are on your own or are a member of a small (i.e., less than 10 attorneys) firm, consider joining us.  We meet regularly to discuss topics of unique interest to the small/solos and exchange client referrals and questions among our members.  Send Dan Coffey an email at daniel@dcoffeylaw.com and he will add you to the growing email chain.  No cost to join!

Happy Hour
We had a good turnout May 10 at Elda’s on Lark Street, held in conjunction with the Capital District Woman’s Bar Association.  Thanks to Leyla Kiosse for organizing!   Check the ACBA website this summer for a future summer Happy Hour.

Next Meeting
Before we scatter for the summer, join us for coffee and bagels on June 20 at 8:30 am at Bowitch & Coffey, LLC, 17 Elk Street – at 8:30 am.  Member Paul Malecki will speak on use of the iPad for legal professionals.  RSVP Dan Coffey at daniel@dcoffeylaw.com.

Softball
We are looking for talented or not-so-talented softball players to play some pick up softball games this spring/summer.  We already have one game lined up – June 27 at 5:30 pm at City of Rensselaer field against legal powerhouse Carter Conboy.  RSPV Dan at daniel@dcoffeylaw.com if you can join us to either play or provide moral support.  If you can’t make this game but are interested in future games, let Dan know.

New Office
As of June 1, I am no longer a “solo” but am still a “small” firm.  Gary Bowitch and I joined to form Bowitch & Coffey, LLC and moved from our current location to 17 Elk Street (a half block from the courthouse).  Stop by to visit.  By the time you read this, our new phone, email and website will hopefully be up and running: (518) 813-9500. coffey@bcalbany.com; www.bcalbany.com.

(From the May 2012 Newsletter)

The Committee on Small and Solo Attorneys provides a forum for solo attorneys and small firms (i.e., less than 10 attorneys) to share ideas, refer clients, and discuss issues unique to the small and solos.  There is no cost to join.  If you would like to be a member, simply send me an email and I will add you to our email chain so you’ll be informed of upcoming events.  If you are on LinkedIn, send me a request to join our group, Albany County Bar Association Committee on Small and Solo Attorneys.

Happy Hour:  We are having a joint Happy Hour with the Capital District Women’s Bar Association May 10 at 5:30 pm at Elda’s on Lark Street.  I hope you can join us!

Mentor Program:  About 20 attorneys have expressed interested in serving as “mentors” to lesser-experienced small/solo attorneys.  We hope to roll out the revived mentor program in 2012.  If you can serve as a mentor, please email me, along with your area(s) of practice.

(From the April 2012 Newsletter)

Welcome to new committee members Geri Pomerantz and Carl Hasselbarth!

Our committee met on March 20, 2012 at 8:30 am at Law Office of Margaret Tabak, 100 Great Oaks Boulevard, Suite 122, Albany.  Guest speaker Nelson Beebe, CPA, spoke on using Quickbooks to keep track of your books.  Thanks to member Michael Tommaney for arranging the speaker and thanks to Maggie Tabak and Leyla Kiosse for hosting!

We will schedule a meeting for June and a Happy Hour this spring.

Mentor Program:  About 20 attorneys have expressed interested in serving as “mentors” to lesser-experienced small/solo attorneys.  We hope to roll out the revived mentor program in 2012.  If you can serve as a mentor, please email me, along with your area(s) of practice.

We have about 20 very active members in our committee.  I know there are hundreds of small/solos out there.  Even if you can’t make it to our meetings, consider joining (no cost!) by emailing me or joining us on our LinkedIn page (Albany County Bar Assn – Committee on Small and Solo Attorneys).

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The next meeting will be held on March 20, 2012 at 8:30 am at Law Office of Margaret Tabak, 100 Great Oaks Boulevard, Suite 122, Albany, to hear guest speaker/accountant Nelson Beebe present on using Quickbooks to keep track of your books.  Thanks to mem






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