A May 17, 2013 article in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
titled "LegalCORPS expands business pro-bono work" features a monthly virtual legal clinic using an innovative partnership between in-house attorneys at Medtronic Inc. and business lawyers at Maslon. The virtual business law clinics were piloted through Minneapolis nonprofit LegalCORPS
With the help of regional small-business development centers, the service virtually connects Twin Cities lawyer volunteers from Medtronic and Maslon, as well as Best Buy Co. Inc., Target Corp. and U.S. Bancorp, with small businesses in Greater Minnesota. Each month, participating lawyers hold 30-minute video-conference sessions with small-business owners through clinics in Marshall, Hutchinson, Bemidji, Brainerd, Moorhead and Virginia. The Medtronic and Maslon business law teams have partnered to staff the Virginia clinic, which serves clients in a broad area of northern Minnesota.
, who serves on the LegalCORPS Board of Directors and led Maslon's involvement in the virtual law program, explained, "What we're trying to do with the clinics is preventative medicine: spotting what can get you in trouble, what you need a lawyer for and what you need to be careful about." He continues, "Small business really drives a lot of the economy and a lot of hiring ... [but] there's a lot of fear. If people can't go hire an expensive lawyer, maybe it'll keep them from starting a business. That's very daunting for people, and we are trying to get them over that hurdle."
The article notes that LegalCORPS is hoping to expand by adding more corporate partners and offering virtual clinics in at least four more cities across the state by the end of 2013, including Grand Rapids, Hibbing and International Falls.
is a partner in Maslon's Business & Securities Group. He has over 25 years' experience advising public and privately held companies on securities and corporate matters, and regularly advises public companies of all sizes regarding preparation of public reports and proxy statements, public disclosures, insider trading, securities regulatory compliance, corporate governance matters, executive compensation, and stock plan issues. Marty was recognized as Maslon's 2012 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year.
LegalCORPS is a Minnesota nonprofit organization that aims to expand access to the legal system by providing free legal assistance in transactional matters to low-income entrepreneurs and innovators and small nonprofits in Minnesota.
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