Richard Clem Continuing Legal Education

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

Iowa 2014 On-Demand CLE

3.5 Approved Ethics Credits, Only $30

The course on this page is no longer available for Iowa credit, since the course expired on June 17, 2015.

Click Here for the 2015 version of this program

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, and 3.5 Iowa ethics credits have been approved. 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. The program on this page is also being offered for credit in Minnesota (3.5 credits approved) and Wisconsin (4.0 credits applied for).

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 link:

  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 seven code numbers. The first three segments of the program are approximately one hour and contain two codes. The last segment is approximately 30 minutes and contains one code. 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 seven 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 $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. (During the checkout process, there will be a spot where you can enter the code numbers. However, since you need to submit the affidavit for Iowa credit, you can leave this section blank while making payment.)

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: 3.5 "unmoderated" credits approved, including 3.5 ethics credits (Iowa activity number 158489). This program is eligible for credit until June 17, 2015.
Minnesota: 3.5 ethics credits approved. (Minnesota event code 193472, eligible for Minnesota credit until June 30, 2016.)
Wisconsin: 4.0 credits applied for. (Different course titles are used in Wisconsin. Please advise if seeking Wisconsin credit. Valid for Wisconsin credit until _______.)
New York: Credit available through reciprocity with Wisconsin.
Other States: Credit may be available in other states. Please contact me for assistance.

Course Description

Ethics Refresher. (3.5 hours, 4 audio segments). 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. This program was originally presented on June 18, 2014. The original live program was approved for Iowa credit as activity number 146951.

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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Copyright 2014, Richard P. Clem Continuing Legal Education
PO Box 14957
Minneapolis, MN 55414