Ethics Refresher 2011: Part 3 of 6

Richard P. Clem Continuing Legal Education
CLE Podcast: $10

This program was originally approved for Wisconsin credit in 2011. It is also listed on the Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners website as being approved for credit through December 31, 2012. Therefore, you can still take this program for 2012 credit. The information in this program is still current.

This program has been approved for Wisconsin CLE credit as follows: 1.0 credit of Repeated On-Demand credit between the dates of September 3 and December 31, 2011.

Note: Even though the subject matter of this program is ethics, Wisconsin Supreme Court Rule 31.05(5)(c) does not allow the use of online on-demand programs to satisfy your ethics and professional responsibility requirement. Therefore, this program will be eligible for general Wisconsin CLE credit, but not ethics and professional responsibility credit.

If you need a low-cost program to satisfy your Ethics and Professional Responsibility requirement, I will be conducting numerous telephone conference call programs between now and your December 31 deadline. The telephone conference call programs may be taken for Ethics and Professional Responsibility credit, and full details of those programs will be posted on my main CLE page.

This program was originally presented as a telephone conference call on August 2, 2011. This audio program runs approximately one hour. Click Here to View the Course Description. Note: Even though I am based in Minnesota, this program cannot be taken for Minnesota CLE credit. For information on conference calls and other programs for Minnesota credit, please visit my my main CLE page

To participate in this online program for CLE credit, please follow the following steps:

  1. Download the written course materials. This is a PDF of sixteen pages, which is used for parts 1, 2, and 3 of the six-hour course: Course Materials (PDF)
  2. Download and listen to the program. The program is available in MP3 format. Follow the following link to download and play the Windows Media file:
  3. During the audio program, you will need to listen for two code words.
  4. If you have any substantive questions regarding the program, please e-mail them to, and I will respond promptly.
  5. If you desire a certificate of completion, e-mail the two code words to me at, or mail them with your payment to the address below.
  6. Make your payment of $10. You may mail your check to:
    Richard P. Clem
    P.O. Box 14957
    Minneapolis, MN 55414

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Upon receipt of your payment, I will e-mail you a certificate of completion in PDF format. Most certificates of completion will be e-mailed the same day, but please allow 2-3 business days to receive your certificate.

Program Description

Ethics Refresher 2011 (Part 3 of 6) (presented by Richard Clem). 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 can be taken by itself, but is part of a longer six-hour program. This portion of the program covers Rules 1.15 through 4.5. One hour.

The program is presented by Richard P. Clem. He 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).

This program will be eligible for CLE credit in the following jurisdictions. Please click on the state name below for further information and any limitations:

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