Richard Clem Continuing Legal Education

End of Year Wisconsin CLE Special: 8 Credits Only $25


For Wisconsin attorneys who need to complete their CLE credits, I am making this special offer.  You may take up to eight credits for only $25. This program has been approved for eight Wisconsin online on-demand CLE credits. Under Wisconsin Court Rule 31.05(5), Wisconsin lawyers may claim up to 10.0 CLE credit hours for approved on-demand programs.


Note:  Even though one portion of this program covers ethics, this particular program is approved in Wisconsin only for standard CLE credit, and not ethics credit.  For Wisconsin attorneys needing ethics credits before, I will be offering Wisconsin ethics conference call programs.  Full details are available on my CLE page.


For full credit, you should take all of the programs highlighted below in green (legal history, elimination of bias, ethics) and one hour of the programs highlighted in brown (Recent Minnesota Decisions). 

There is no need to pre-register or pay in advance. Simply follow the instructions below to take the program. You pay only when you claim credit.


Course title

Approved Wisconsin Credits

Course Material Link

Link to Listen to Program

Early Minnesota Legal History

1.0 credit, expires August 8, 2015.

Course Materials

Minnesota Legal History

Elimination of Bias: Part 1

1.0 credit, Expires July 2, 2015.

Course Materials

Bias Part 1*

Elimination of Bias: Part 2

1.0 credit, Expires July 2, 2015

Course Materials

Bias Part 2 *

Minnesota Ethics

4.0 credits, expires July 24, 2015:  Wisconsin attorneys may not complete Ethics credits using on-demand programs, but this program may be used for general CLE credit.


For full credit, listen to all four ethics segments.

Course Materials

Ethics Part 1 (Length 59:44)

Ethics Part 2 (Length 67:52)

Ethics Part 3 (Length 57:00)

Ethics Part 4 (Length 34:59)

Recent Minnesota Decisions

1.0 This is a three-hour program, but has been approved for one hour in Wisconsin.  For Wisconsin credit, Wisconsin attorneys may listen to the following one-hour portion of the program. 




Recent Minnesota Decisions: July 2014, 1 Wisconsin credit, expires Aug. 8, 2015

Course Materials

Recent Minnesota Decisions: July 2014


* - If you prefer, you can listen to the Bias portions of the program on your phone:
Bias Part 1: Dial 1-712-432-3131, then enter access code: 67730485
Bias Part 2: Dial 1-712-432-3131, then enter access code: 97345126
Normal long-distance charges apply.

To receive Wisconsin CLE credit, follow the following steps:


  1. Download the course materials for the portion(s) of the program for which you want credit, using the links above.
  2. Download the portion(s) of the audio program for which you want credit, or listen online, using the links above.
  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 four code numbers. Write down the four numbers you hear. They will be in the following format:


Minnesota Legal History:


H 1 __ __

H 2 __ __

H 3 __ __

H 4 __ __


Elimination of Bias Part 1:


B 1 __ __

B 1 __ __


Elimination of Bias Part 2:


B 2 __ __

B 2 __ __


Minnesota Ethics:


E 1 __ __

E 1 __ __

E 2 __ __

E 2 __ __

E 3 __ __

E 3 __ __

E 4 __ __


Recent Minnesota Decisions: April-May 2014

For full Wisconsin credit, please provide all of the "A" numbers OR all of the "B" numbers OR all of the "C" numbers.

A 1 __ __

A 2 __ __

A 3 __ __

A 4 __ __


Recent Minnesota Decisions: May-June 2014

C 1 __ __

C 2 __ __

C 3 __ __

C 4 __ __


Recent Minnesota Decisions: July 2014

D 1 __ __

D 2 __ __

D 3 __ __

D 4 __ __



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.



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.


CLE Credit


This program has been approved for up to eight credits.  The program is approved in Wisconsin as four separate programs, as follows:  Early Minnesota Legal History, one credit approved.  Elimination of Bias: Part 1, one credit approved.  Elimination of Bias: Part 2, one credit approved.  Minnesota Ethics, four credits approved.  Recent Minnesota Decisions, one credit approved.  Note:  Even though the subject matter of part of the program is ethics, the program is approved for standard CLE credit only.  Wisconsin attorneys must satisfy their ethics and professional responsibility credits with "live" programs. All or part of this program has also been approved for Iowa and Minnesota credit. An additional fee may apply for Iowa or Minnesota credit.


Course Description

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.

Elimination of Bias, Parts 1 and 2. Presented by Richard Clem. We'll start by looking at the rules governing bias within the legal profession, which is a subject covered by both the General Rules of Practice and the Rules of Professional Conduct. We will then see how well we are collectively doing as a profession and legal system in abiding by those rules. We will do so through the eyes of participants at a series of community dialogues at which community members were asked to describe their experiences and discuss ideas for advancing racial equality and fairness in the courts. All participants are welcome to share their insights.

Minnesota Ethics. 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.

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:

  • Minnesota sales tax
  • civil commitment
  • Retroactivity of Miller v. Alabama
  • Whistleblower statute of limitations
  • Termination of parental rights
  • Service of Process
  • Anti-SLAPP law
  • Waste management tax
  • Retroactivity of Miller v. Alabama
  • Necessity defense, implied consent
  • Housing court jurisdiction
  • Frac sand mining
  • Electronic signatures
  • Fraudulent conveyance
  • MN judiciary
  • Affidavit of expert review
  • Teacher tenure
  • Psychologist-client privilege

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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