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Minnesota Parentage Law and Assisted Reproductive Technology: It’s time to change the law

Depending on the specific circumstances of a surrogacy arrangement, the intended parents may or may not be genetically related to the child, and they will not have any marital relationship to the birth mother. This creates a critical disconnect between the intended parentage of the child and Minnesota law.
By Steven H. Snyder

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9 Ways to Fail as an Entrepreneur and how to counsel clients to avoid them

Conventional wisdom says that 80 percent of businesses fail within two years. The Small Business Administration (SBA) disagrees.1 According to SBA statistics, from 2005 to 2017 nearly 80 percent of new establishments survived one year. “About half of all establishments survive five years or longer…. About one-third of establishments survive 10 years or longer.”  BY INTI MARTÍNEZ-ALEMÁN

Conventional wisdom says that 80 percent of businesses fail within two years. The Small Business Administration (SBA) disagrees.1 According to SBA statistics, from 2005 to 2017 nearly 80 percent of new establishments survived one year. “About half of all establishments survive five years or longer…. About one-third of establishments survive 10 years or longer.”
Conventional wisdom says that 80 percent of businesses fail within two years. The Small Business Administration (SBA) disagrees.1 According to SBA statistics, from 2005 to 2017 nearly 80 percent of new establishments survived one year. “About half of all establishments survive five years or longer…. About one-third of establishments survive 10 years or longer.”

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You can’t serve two masters. Unless you’re a Realtor. 

The Minnesota Association of Realtors is lobbying for a new law that will allow brokers to conceal their dual agency status from consumers.
By Doug Miller


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A Tribal Counsel’s Guide to Corporate Compliance

In my experience as in-house legal counsel for a federally recognized Indian tribe, compliance work creates a healthy tension. That tension is not only necessary but good, because it fuels responsible innovation and fosters ethical corporate—for tribes, governmental—culture. 
By Mandi Crane



The ABCs of TI: Understanding tortious interference with contract

The time-honored commercial litigation claim of tortious interference with contract (TI) gives legal teeth to the intuition that if you and I have a contract, an outsider shouldn’t be allowed to profit by persuading one of us to break it. But a perusal of Minnesota case law shows that TI is a claim frequently made and infrequently won. 
By Joseph Pull

Wellness
Lawyer well-being in Minnesota gets a boost from the Supreme Court

National efforts to advance well-being in the legal profession were placed under a statewide spotlight at the Minnesota Supreme Court’s Call to Action for Lawyer Well-Being conference on February 28.

Professional Responsibility 
Ethical “of counsel” associations

Based on several recent calls to our ethics hotline, it appears that many Minnesota attorneys are interested in understanding the ethics rules involved when “associating” with another lawyer or law firm as a means to grow a practice or expand the legal services available to clients. 

Law & Technology
Security considerations for law firm data governance

Effective data management is critical, as immediate access to data is just as important as keeping it protected. Data governance frameworks assist in keeping in compliance with current regulations and standards.

Colleague Corner
Meet Sumbal Mahmud: 'My bar group friends are always the most supportive'

When I was young, I thought lawyers went around and saved the world or something. I had a passion for and happened to excel in speech, debate, and mock trial. One of my most treasured mementoes from high school is an award I received from the MSBA Mock Trial program. 


 
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