Richard Clem Continuing Legal Education

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

Iowa 2015 On-Demand CLE

5.0 Approved Iowa Credits Including Ethics, Only $50

On March 24, 2014, the Iowa Supreme Court amended the Iowa CLE rules to allow Iowa attorneys to receive up to six of their required 15 credits each year with "unmoderated programs." For more information, you can view the Supreme Court's Order or the Iowa CLE Commission's Guidelines.

The course shown on this page meets the new Iowa guidelines. You may take this program at any time that is convenient for you. You can listen online or download the program to your computer or other device. On-demand CLE is a popular option in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and other states, and now Iowa attorneys can take advantage of them.

To receive CLE credit, please follow these steps:

  1. Download the Affidavit of Completion. You will fill out this form as you listen to the program and return it at the conclusion of the program. The affidavit is available in two formats. To print the affidavit, it's best to use the PDF version. If you prefer to paste the text of the affidavit into a word processor or e-mail, it's best to use the text version.

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

  3. Listen to the audio program. As you listen to the program, write down the code numbers that are given. There are a total of 24 code numbers in the five hour program. The format for these code numbers is shown on the affidavit of completion. Each hour of the program can be downloaded at the following links. Some hours have more than one method to listen. The audio program is at the following links:

  4. During the program, you will be given 17 code numbers. Write down the code numbers you hear and record them on your affidavit of completion.

  5. 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

  6. Sign the affidavit of completion containing the code numbers and return it to me. You may sign electronically by typing your name at the indicated spot. You may send me the affidavit as an attachment, or simply "paste" it into an e-mail as plain text. You may also return it to me by U.S. Mail. Do not send the affidavit to the Iowa CLE Commission. I retain the affidavit for my records, and you report as you would any other CLE program. You may send the affidavit by U.S. Mail to Richard Clem, PO Box 14957, Minneapolis, MN 55414; or by e-mail to

  7. Make payment of the course fee of $50. 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.

Upon receipt of your affidavit, 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. You can then report your attendance online, as you would with any other CLE course.

CLE Credit

Iowa: 5.0 "unmoderated" credits approved , including 3.0 ethics credits (Iowa activity number 196626). This program is approved for credit until February 24, 2016.
Other States: All or parts of this program have been approved for CLE credit in Minnesota or Wisconsin. New York credit is available through reciprocity with Wisconsin. Credit may be available in other states. Please contact me for details on credit in states other than Iowa.

Course Description

Parts 1-3: Ethics Refresher 2015. (3.0 hours, 3 audio segments). This is 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. This program was originally presented on June 20, 21, and 29, 2015, 180 minutes.

Part 4: First Amendment Issues in K-12 Education. This program is a brief overview of First Amendment issues affecting K-12 public education. We'll cover some of the leading cases from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Eighth Circuit, and other courts. Topics will include: school speech, establishment clause, free exercise clause, clothing, school newspapers and yearbooks, distribution of literature, student clubs, off-campus speech, book censorship, and the pledge of allegiance. Originally presented May 5, 2015, 60 minutes.

Part 5:Recent Appellate Decisions (Feb. 25). This program will be a summary of recent decisions from appellate courts in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and other states. Sixty minutes, originally presented February 25, 2015, 60 minutes. 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