Richard Clem Continuing Legal Education

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

Minnesota Ethics On-Demand CLE

Complete Your Ethics CLE Requirements for Only $30

This course is now expired, and cannot be taken for Minnesota credit after June 30, 2016. The replacement course is now available, and can be found at This Link.

Minnesota attorneys may now completely satisfy their ethics CLE requirement with this convenient on-demand program, at a cost of only $30

On December 6, 2013, the Minnesota Supreme Court amended the Minnesota CLE rules to permit "on-demand" CLE programs. The new rules take 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. The new rules permit you to use these on-demand credits for any type of CLE, including ethics and bias. This program satisfies the ethics requirement for your three-year cycle.

The program on this page can be used to satisfy your Minnesota ethics requirement. If you already have your ethics credits taken care of, this program can be used for your general CLE credit requirements.

To receive CLE credit, please follow these steps:

  1. Download the course materials by following this link.

  2. Listen to the four-part audio program. You can download or listen to the four MP3 files at the links below. On most web browsers, you can listen to each section by left clicking on the link and download by right clicking.
  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 seven code numbers. Write down the numbers you hear. They will be in the following format:
    • E 1 __ __
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    • E 2 __ __
    • E 2 __ __
    • E 3 __ __
    • E 3 __ __
    • E 4 __ __

  5. Send me the seven 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 $30. 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 slighly over 3.5 hours and was originally presented on June 18, 2014.

CLE Credit

Minnesota: 3.5 ethics credits (on-demand) have approved. Minnesota Event Code 193472. This program is eligible for credit between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2016.
Wisconsin: 4.0 credits applied for. Note: Even though the subject of this program is Ethics, Wisconsin does not grant ethics credit for on-demand programs. However, this program can be used for general CLE credit in Wisconsin.
New York: Credit available through reciprocity with Wisconsin.

Course Description

Ethics Refresher. This will be a comprehensive review of the Rules of Professional Conduct for attorneys in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa. All three states have adopted substantially similar rules governing lawyers, and this course will review the rules as adopted in all three states. Where the rules differ, we will go over the differences. Seeing these differences is useful for the practitioner in that particular state, but also gives insight into the meaning of the rule in other states. And since the same model rules serve as the basis for most states' rules, this course will provide practical guidance for attorneys in most U.S. jurisdictions. Many lawyers review the Rules in their entirety only once, and that is before they take the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam in law school. But the rules change over the years and decades, and some of the finer points might be forgotten. Therefore, this course will serve as a useful refresher for the practitioner to avoid ethical pitfalls.

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