Richard Clem Continuing Legal Education
Sioux City Ethics, Friday, November 9, 2012

6 CLE credits, including entire ethics requirement, for only $99

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Sioux City CLE Day 2012


Friday, November 9, 2012, 10:00 AM - 4:45 PM
Conference Room
Sioux City Public Library, Morningside Branch
4005 Morningside Ave
Sioux City, IA 51106
Library Phone Number for Dirctions: (712) 255-2924

Update: Space is still available, and you may register at the door for all of the program or any part. If you wish to pay by credit card, please use the link at the bottom of the page. Or, you may pay by check at the door. To make sure I have enough copies of the course materials, it is recommended that you download the course materials. You can print them, or simply download them to your laptop and view them there. Please download the two PDF files below:

If you need to reach me before the program, my cel phone number is 651-285-5474.

*-CLE credit has been approved as follows:
Iowa: 6 credits, including 5 ethics approved (Iowa Activity # 92704).
Nebraska: 6 credits, including 5 ethics credits approved (Nebraska activity #72526).
Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana: Credit applied for upon request.
Other States: My programs are routinely approved in most states. Please contact me if you need any assistance with obtaining CLE credit.

This program completely satisfies the ethics requirement for the entire reporting cycle in Iowa and Nebraska. And this program has been scheduled to provide maximum benefit to Nebraska attorneys: Since Nebraska allows only five credits per year of "distance learning" credit, this program will take care of six live credits. Nebraska attorneys can complete their remaining annual credits with distance learning programs, either mine or some other provider's.

Program Description

We have three interesting live presentations planned:

Iowa-Nebraska Ethics 2012, Presented by Richard Clem. This will be a comprehensive review of the Rules of Professional Conduct for attorneys in Iowa and Nebraska. Both states have adopted substantially similar rules governing lawyers, and this course will review the rules as adopted in both 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 state 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 year, we'll spend four hours covering the rules in their entirety, with the exception of the advertising rules, which will be covered in a separate part of today's program. Live lecture, four hours.

The New Iowa Advertising Rules, Presented by Richard Clem. We will spend an hour looking at the proposed amendments to the Iowa advertising rules, which will probably have been adopted by the date of the program. In addition, we'll take a brief look at the previous rules, and also compare the new rules with the rules as adopted in Nebraska, Minnesota, and other states. Thi s program will include a discussion of the special issues faced by attorneys in border areas, such as Sioux City. Live lecture, one hour.

Basics of Criminal Law, Presented by Laury Lau. This will be a brief overview of the basics of Criminal Law, presented by Assistant State Public Defender Laury Lau. While the program will focus on Iowa law, it will also be useful to practitioners in other states. The program will cover both misdemeanor and felony cases, and will cover topics such as preliminary hearings, arraignments, pretrial conferences, pleas, sentencing, motions to suppress, and working with jailed clients.

About the Speakers

Richard P. Clem 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).

Laury Lau is an Assistant Public Defender in the Sioux City adult office of the Iowa State Public Defender. She graduated from University of South Dakota Law School in 2007. She is licensed in Missouri, South Dakota, and Iowa. She has practiced criminal law in the state of Missouri from 2007 to 2009, and in Iowa since 2009.

Course Schedule

10:00 Registration
10:05 Welcome, opening remarks
10:10 Iowa-Nebraska Ethics Part 1 (Live lecture). Ethics, 2 hours.
12:10 Lunch Break: On your own
12:35 The New Iowa Advertising Rules (Live lecture). Ethics, 1 hour
1:35 Break
1:40 Basics of Criminal Law (Live lecture). One hour
2:40 Break
2:45 Iowa-Nebraska Ethics Part 2 (Live lecture). Ethics, 2 hours
4:45 Closing remarks

Location and Directions

The program will be in the conference room of the Sioux City Public Library, Morningside Branch, 4005 Morningside Ave., Sioux City, IA 51106. The library phone number (for directions only) is (712) 255-2924. If you need to contact me the day of the program, please call my cell phone at 651-285-5474. We will be taking a short break for lunch. There are restaurants within a few blocks, or you can bring a bag lunch. Coffee will be provided.

In accordance with library policy, this program is open to the public with no admission charge. The tuition covers CLE credit and cost of materials. Accessibility: The library and conference room are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you need any special accomodations, please contact me.

The cost for the entire program is $99. You may also attend any portion of the program for only $25 per credit. You may register by mail by sending payment, along with a note indicating which program you will be attending: Richard P. Clem
PO Box 14957
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone (612) 378-7751
For questions the day of the CLE, Cel. (651) 285-5474

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Course Materials

Course materials will be provided at the program. They are also available for download at the following links:

If you are registering late, it is recommended that you download the materials to ensure that we have enough copies. Also, if you prefer to save paper, you can view these on your laptop or mobile device.


If you need an additional 0.75 credit, I have a Free webcast CLE on First Amendment Issues in K-12 Education. This program has been approved for 0.75 credit in Iowa and 1.0 credit in Wisconsin. See this page for full details.


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