Richard Clem Continuing Legal Education

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

Free Conference Call CLE: July 7, 2016

One Minnesota, Wisconsin, or Iowa CLE credit, absolutely free

Free program: July 7

I'm offering this free conference call CLE program on Thursday, July 7, 2016, at 7:00 PM Central Daylight Time (Chicago time). For international callers, this is the same as 00:00 GMT July 8. CLE credit has been applied for in Iowa Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Credit may be available in other states. View Course Description.

Pre-registration for this program is not necessary. To participate, simply call in at 6:55 PM Central Time on July 7. Full instructions for claiming CLE credit will be provided during the call. To receive your certificate of attendance, you will need to e-mail a series of codes that will be given during the program. If you join the call already in progress, write down the codes you do hear, and you will receive partial credit for the minutes you attended.

To participate: Dial 1-712-432-3100. When prompted, enter the conference code 127735. Normal long-distance charges (to Iowa) apply for this call. Participants will be muted during the call, and there will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end. After the call, e-mail the codes from the program to and I will e-mail you a certificate of attendance.

Course materials are available online at this link.

There is absolutely no cost to attend this programs, and no payment is expected. If, however, you wish to make a small voluntary payment, you may do so after the program. For full information, read why this program is free. You will receive full CLE credit whether or not you decide to pay.

This is a convenient way to earn CLE credits at no cost. If you need additional credits, I have additional low-cost conference call programs available. There is, however, no obligation, and you're welcome to take the free program, even if you don't intend to take any additional programs.

At the time of the program, you simply call in, enter the access code, and listen to the program. You can submit live questions during the program. Your only cost will be the normal long-distance charge to an Iowa telephone number. If you have unlimited long distance, there will be no cost whatsoever.

Course Description

July 7:

July 7: Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Live lecture by Avraham Cutler. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, passed by Congress in the wake of Employment Division v. Smith has had a profound impact on the landscape of religious liberty over the last quarter century. It touches on all types of government laws and regulations generating frequent high profile cases in areas as diverse as environmental policy and healthcare. This course examines the history of RFRA, the fights over its constitutionality and its relevance to high profile cases such as Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell. (Live lecture, 60 minutes.)

Click Here to View Course Materials. CLE credit: One standard CLE credit approved in Iowa (activity number 234831), Minnesota (event code 223502), and Wisconsin.

Course Schedule

All times are Central Time

The program will begin promptly at 7:00 Central Time. The phone line will be open approximately ten minutes prior to the times shown. Please call in at least five minutes prior to the start time so that opening remarks can be taken care of prior to the start of the program. The program is a live lecture.

6:45 PM Phone line opens
6:55 PM Introductory remarks
7:00 PM Live lecture (one hour)
8:00 PM Concluding remarks


CLE Credit

CLE Credit has been applied for as follows:

During the program, there will be an opportunity for all participants to submit questions via e-mail or at the end of the program. The program will be fully interactive and participatory. Attendance will be taken. During the program, a "PIN number" will also be given.

After the program, I will e-mail you a certificate of attendance for use in reporting.

About the Speaker

The program will be presented by Rabbi Avraham Z. Cutler, Esq. Rabbi Cutler is the director of the Las Vegas Jewish Experience and heads the Community Kollel of Greater Las Vegas's continuing legal education program. In that capacity he teaches lawyers and law students a wide variety of topics relevant to both Jewish and American law. Rabbi Cutler is also Of Practice Group Leader, Tax and Estate Planning, with the firm of Ballon Stoll Bader & Nadler, P.C., a midsize full practice law firm headquartered in New York City with affiliate offices in various cities throughout the United States and around the world. Rabbi Cutler received both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Rabbinical Seminary of America, and his J.D. from St. John's University School of Law, where he graduated cum laude. Rabbi Cutler is the co-author of several legal scholarly articles, including: "DTD v. Wells: Historical Curiosity or Important Protection Against Judicial Blackmail?," which appeared in the May 2010 edition of Class Action Watch; and, "The Conflict Between the Circuits in Analyzing Joint Employment Under the FLSA: Why the Supreme Court Should Grant Certiorari in Zheng v. Liberty Apparel," which appeared in the June 2011 edition of Engage. Among Rabbi Cutler's notable cases are DTD Enterprises v. Wells, 130 S.Ct. 7 (2009), the first Supreme Court opinion joined by Justice Sotomayor; and, Matter of Blaize v. Klein, 68 A.D.3d 759 (2nd Dept. 2009), which helped establish the principle that the New York Department of Education is bound by its own procedural rating rules, and that failure by the Department of Education to follow its published procedures in rating a teacher "unsatisfactory" was grounds for reversal of the unsatisfactory rating. Rabbi Cutler has consulted with religious organizations and other law firms on a wide variety of religious freedom issues including the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.

The program moderator will be Richard P. Clem, 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).

Why is This Program Free?

This program is absolutely free, and there is no obligation to pay any fee whatsoever. These free CLE programs are an experiment on my part.

I expect that most of the attorneys attending will do so because the program is free, and I honestly don't mind. For some attorneys, the cost of maintaining a license and earning CLE credits can be a significant burden, and I'm glad I'm able to help. But I'm also aware that some businesses are profitable with a "pay as you want" fee structure. This business model has been used successfully in the music industry, by restaurants and even by a taxi company. This article is what gave me the idea to try this.

This model can also work very well for Continuing Legal Education. Even though not all are able, many of the participants in my free programs are willing to make a voluntary payment to support this reasonably priced alternative. Because of the high price of traditional CLE programs, it is my hope that these low-cost programs will be sustainable through voluntary payment. If this method proves successful, then I can continue to make programs, including my popular ethics courses, available on the same "pay as you want" basis.

Therefore, I ask you to consider making a voluntary payment after taking this free program. You may pay whatever you please. The program is free, and zero is a perfectly acceptable option. Of course, if everyone pays zero, my future free programs will be infrequent. You can select any amount you wish. To give you some idea of a reasonable price, please consider the following:

If, after attending, you decide to pay for this program, you may do so in any of the following ways.

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Richard Clem
PO Box 14957
Minneapolis, MN 55414

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PO Box 14957
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone: 612-378-7751
Minnesota Attorney Registration Number 0192648