Richard Clem Continuing Legal Education
Elimination of Bias: Video Replays
Roseville, MN, Saturday, November 19, 2011

Up to 2 Elimination of Bias Credits*, Only $49

Elimination of Bias: Video Replays

The Rules & An Ongoing Process: Saturday, November 19, 2011, 2:00 PM - 3:10 PM
A Continuing Discussion: Saturday, November 19, 2011, 3:15 PM - 4:20 PM
Conference Room
Caribou Coffee
2111 Snelling Avenue
Roseville, MN 55113

This CLE program took place in the past. For information on upcoming low-cost CLE programs, please visit my main CLE page.

Update: There is space available for walk-in registrations.

*- CLE Credit has been approved as follows: Minnesota, 1 Elimination of Bias Credit per program (MBCLE Event Codes 162057 and 162060); Wisconsin: 2 standard credits applied for upon request.

Program Description

Elimination of Bias: The Rules and on Ongoing Process. (2:00-3:10, video replay). 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. This is a video replay of a program originally presented in Roseville, MN, on May 17, 2011 (original program #155818)

Elimination of Bias: A Continuing Discussion. (3:15-4:20, video replay). We will continue the discussion of the issues raised by the previous program, Elimination of Bias: The Rules and an Ongoing Process . In small groups and as a larger group, we will discuss issues such as the importance of diversity of the bench and court staff, and whether this is necessary for actual fairness, perceived fairness, or both. We will discuss the importance of overcoming barriers to access to the courts, such as lack of public transportation. We will discuss the special issues of immigrant and refugee parents whose children interact with the judicial system. We will discuss actual and perceived racial profiling. We will discuss the unintended immigration consequences of state court actions. Finally, we will discuss how the system can better reach out to communities of color, both as a system, and as individual attorneys. The discussion will be led and facilitated by Richard Clem. Prerequisite: Attendance at The Rules and an Ongoing Process , either the previous hour of this seminar, or another presentation . This is a video replay of a program originally presented in Eagan, MN, on June 13, 2011 (original program #156693).

Each program will run sixty continuous minutes, will relate directly to the practice of law, and is designed to meet the first and third learning goals for elimination of bias courses:

We will begin by referencing the Supreme Court's 1993 report on the elimination of bias in the judicial system, and we will also look at how both the Rules of Professional Conduct and the General Rules of Practice require us as lawyers to avoid bias.

Then, we will look at how well we are doing in meeting these requirements, as seen by various communities, including communities of color. In particular, we'll examine the suggestions made by members of the public at community dialogues held over the past three years by the Supreme Court's Racial Fairness Committee.

There will be opportunities for participants to discuss these suggestions, and to offer our own suggestions on how we can fulfill these professional obligations.

About the Speaker

The original programs were presented by, and the video replays will be moderated by, Richard P. Clem, who has a B.A. in history from the University of Minnesota, and a J.D., cum laude, from Hamline University School of Law. He has been in private practice in the Twin Cities for over 20 years. 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).

Course Schedule

1:45 Registration
2:00 Opening Remarks
2:05 Elimination of Bias: The Rules & An Ongoing Process (1 hour)
3:05 Questions & Answers
3:10 Break
3:15 Elimination of Bias: A Continuing Discussion (1 hour)
4:15 Questions & Answers

The cost for one segment only is $30, or $49 for both programs.

Location and Directions

We will be meeting in the conference room of Caribou Coffee, 2111 Snelling Avenue, Roseville, MN 55113. This is on the west side of Snelling Avenue, less than a mile south of Highway 36, across from Har Mar Mall. The phone number for directions is 651-636-5655. Enter through the main coffee shop entrance, and the conference room is at the back of the coffee shop. You are encouraged to purchase a beverage or snack from the coffee shop and bring it to the conference room. Accessibility: We will be meeting in the ground-floor conference room. Please call in advance if you need any special accommodations There is plenty of free parking.

The cost of each program is $30. Or, you may register for both programs for only $49. You may register by mail by sending payment, along with a note indicating the date(s) of the program to:
Richard P. Clem
PO Box 14957
Minneapolis, MN 55414

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