Conference Call CLE: Including Ethics and Elimination of Bias

The CLE programs on this page took place in the past. For information on future low-cost CLE programs approved in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, Indiana, and other states, please visit my main CLE page.

Up to seven credits available, including full ethics and bias requirements

Richard P. Clem Continuing Legal Education
CLE Conference Call: $25 per credit

For those Minnesota attorneys who need to complete their CLE requirements by August 31, I'm offering a number of conference call programs for only $25 per credit. Both daytime and evening programs are being offered. All programs have been approved for Minnesota CLE credit, and the programs include ethics and elimination of bias credit. If you have already completed your ethics and bias credits, the ethics and bias programs can also be used to fulfill your general 45 credit requirement.

You simply register online, and I will e-mail the course materials and call-in instructions. Please register at least thirty minutes prior to the start time.

All programs run one hour, and begin promptly at the time shown. The phone line will open ten minutes prior to the start times shown, and there will be opening remarks approximately five minutes before the start time. Please call in ten minutes prior to the start time shown. All times shown are Central Daylight Time.

Note: Programs prior to August 16 are listed on a separate page and can be found at this link. All programs have already been approved for Minnesota CLE credit.
Date Time (CDT) Program MN Credit approved MBCLE Event Code
Monday, August 20 12:00 PM Ethics 1 1.0 Ethics 171215
Monday, August 20 1:10 PM Ethics 2 1.0 Ethics 171216
Tuesday, August 21 4:00 PM Ethics 3 1.0 Ethics 171217
Wednesday, August 22 8:00 PM Ethics 4 1.0 Ethics 171218
Thursday, August 23 8:10 PM (Note time change) Ethics 5 1.0 Ethics 171219
Thursday, August 23 7:00 PM (Note time change) Bias 1 1.0 Bias 171220
Friday, August 24 12:00 PM Bias 2 1.0 Bias 171221
Friday, August 24 1:10 PM Ethics 1 1.0 Ethics 171222
Friday, August 24 2:20 PM Ethics 2 1.0 Ethics 171223
Saturday, August 25 9:00 AM (Note Time Change.) Ethics 3 1.0 Ethics 171224
Saturday, August 25 10:10 AM (Note Time Change.) Ethics 4 1.0 Ethics 171225
Sunday, August 26 7:00 PM (Note Time Change.) Ethics 5 1.0 Ethics 171226
Sunday, August 26 8:10 PM (Note Time Change.) Bias 1 1.0 Bias 171227
Monday, August 27 1:10 PM Ethics 1 1.0 Ethics 171229
Monday, August 27 7:00 PM (Note Time Change.) Bias 2 1.0 Bias 171228
Tuesday, August 28 12:00 PM Bias 1 1.0 Bias 171230
Tuesday, August 28 1:10 PM Ethics 2 1.0 Ethics 171231
Wednesday, August 29 12:00 PM Bias 2 1.0 Bias 171232
Wednesday, August 29 1:10 PM Ethics 3 1.0 Ethics 171233
Thursday, August 30 12:00 PM Bias 1 1.0 Bias 171234
Thursday, August 30 1:10 PM Ethics 4 1.0 Ethics 171235
Friday, August 31 12:00 PM Bias 2 1.0 Bias 171236
Friday, August 31 1:10 PM Ethics 5 1.0 Ethics 171237

CLE Credit

Minnesota: CLE credit has been applied for as shown on the table above. . Wisconsin and Iowa: CLE credit has not been applied for, but I will be happy to assist you in applying for credit in either state.

Program Description

Ethics 2012 (Five separate programs) Live teleconferences presented by Richard Clem. This will be a comprehensive review of the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct. 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. Each program can be taken by itself, but is part of a longer five hour program.

Elimination of Bias 2012 (Parts 1 and 2). Live teleconference presented by Richard Clem. 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.

Each one hour program (marked "Bias 1" and "Bias 2" above) will cover different topics identified by the dialogue groups. If you need only one credit, it's recommended that you take "Bias 1".

Elimination of Bias Learning Goals

This 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.

This will be a live telephone conference call CLE. The speaker, Richard Clem, will be speaking live to teleconference participants from St. Paul, Minnesota. Upon registration, you will be given the telephone number to dial, and an access code to enter. This will be a toll-free number from the United States. Participants outside the United States will call a U.S. phone number in the 713 area code. You will also be e-mailed a copy of the course materials. There will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions during the conference call. In addition, it will be possible to send written questions to the speaker via e-mail, and these questions will be addressed during the call.

When registering, please provide the phone number from which you plan to call. There will be an automatic list of participants generated based upon Caller ID, and this list will be used to verify attendance. If you need to call from a different telephone, please inform me after the program so that I can verify attendance. A certificate of attendance will be e-mailed after the program to verified attendees. Each program begins promptly at the time shown above, and runs one hour. The phone line opens ten minutes prior to the start time. Please call in ten minutes prior to the start time.

About the Speaker

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).


The cost of this program is $25 per participant for each program. To register, please e-mail the following information to or phone it in to me at 612-378-7751.

You may pay in one of two ways. If you prefer to pay by check, simply register by e-mail, and then mail your check for $25 to:

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

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