Richard Clem Continuing Legal Education

Richard Clem Continuing Legal Education
High quality, reasonably priced CLE opportunities

Minnesota On-Demand CLE

Four Minnesota CLE Credits for Only $25

This course is no longer available for Minnesota credit

The course shown on this page can not be taken for Minnesota CLE credit after August 5, 2016. The following courses are still available:

Minnesota attorneys may now use "on demand" programs for a portion of their CLE requirements. On December 6, 2013, the Minnesota Supreme Court amended the Minnesota CLE rules to permit "on-demand" CLE programs. The new rules took effect on July 1, 2014. Minnesota attorneys may now complete up to 15 of their required 45 credits using on-demand programs. You are now able to download a program and take it at your convenience.

This four-credit program is a replay of live conference call CLE's given during July, 2014.

If you need ethics or elimination of bias credits, I also have on-demand programs covering those topics. Please visit my main CLE page for details.

To receive CLE credit, please follow these steps:

  1. Download the course materials by following the following links:

  2. Listen to the four-hour audio program. There are two ways to listen to the program:

    • You can listen online at the following links:
      • Part 1: Minnesota Legal History
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      • Part 2: Recent Minnesota Decisions: April-May 2014
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      • Part 3: Recent Minnesota Decisions: May-June 2014
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      • Part 4: Recent Minnesota Decisions: July 2014
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    • You can download the program at the following links:

  3. If you have any substantive comments or questions about the program, you can call me or e-mail me, and I will respond promptly. You can reach me by phone at 612-378-7751, or by e-mail at

  4. During the program, you will be given a total of sixteen code numbers (four during each part of the program). Write down the four numbers you hear. They will be in the following format:
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  5. Send me the code numbers. You can send them to me by e-mail at, by phone at 612-378-7751, or by U.S. Mail to: Richard Clem, PO Box 14957, Minneapolis, MN 55414. If paying online by credit card, you can also include the code numbers when making your payment.

  6. Make payment of the course fee of $25. You can pay by check to Richard Clem, PO Box 14957, Minneapolis, MN 55414. You may also pay online at the link below.

If paying online, click the "Pay Now" link below. You will be able to enter the code numbers during the payment process. If you prefer, you can leave this field blank and send the code numbers to me separately.

Upon receipt of your payment, I will send you via e-mail a certificate of attendance. If you don't have an e-mail address, I can send this by U.S. Mail. I process these courses manually, so please allow time for me to respond. I will normally provide your certificate of attendance within 24 hours.

This program runs four hours. Each part of the program is approximately one hour in length. Part 1 was originally presented on July 14, 2014. Part 2 was originally presented on July 18, 2014. Part 3 was originally presented on July 21, 2014. Part 4 was originally presented on July 28, 2014.

CLE Credit

Minnesota: Four CLE credits (on-demand) have been approved. Minnesota Event Code 194645. This program is eligible for credit between August 6, 2014, and August 5, 2016.
Wisconsin: Four CLE credits (on-demand) applied for. This program is eligible for Wisconsin credit until ____________. In Wisconsin, each segment is a separate one-credit course, with the following titles: Early Minnesota Legal History; Recent Minnesota Decisions (Apr-May 2014); Recent Minnesota Decisions (June 2014); Recent Minnesota Decisions (July 2014).
New York: Four CLE credits available through reciprocity with Wisconsin.

Course Description

Part 1: Early Minnesota Legal History Presented by Richard Clem. Lawyers generally don't think of themselves as historians, but we frequently do the work of historians. We seek out historical events (which we call "precedents") and try to apply these historical lessons to current situations. Minnesota's legal history has a long pedigree, dating back to the Northwest Ordinance of 1787. These antecedents give our laws a "chain of title" that is sometimes ignored. Some of the historical antecedents we'll look at are merely interesting "old cases" with little practical application. But others come under the heading of "venerable precedents", which can sometimes make an argument more compelling. And in a few cases, the law as it existed prior to statehood was arguably enshrined into the state constitution, in which case it takes on special significance. One hour.

Parts 2, 3, and 4: Recent Minnesota Decisions Presented by Richard Clem. This program is a summary of decisions from the Minnesota appellate courts handed down between April 14 and July 28, 2014. Topics include:

About the Speaker

Richard P. Clem is an attorney and continuing legal education (CLE) provider in Minnesota. He has been in private practice in the Twin Cities for 25 years. He has a J.D., cum laude, from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul and a B.A. in History from the University of Minnesota. His reported cases include: Asociacion Nacional de Pescadores a Pequena Escala o Artesanales de Colombia v. Dow Quimica de Colombia, 988 F.2d 559, rehearing denied, 5 F.3d 530 (5th Cir. 1993), cert. denied, 510 U.S. 1041 (1994); LaMott v. Apple Valley Health Care Center, 465 N.W.2d 585 (Minn. Ct. App. 1991); Abo el Ela v. State, 468 N.W.2d 580 (Minn. Ct. App. 1991). You can visit his web pages at and and his blog at

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PO Box 14957
Minneapolis, MN 55414