Conference Call CLE: Including Ethics and Elimination of Bias

This CLE program took place in the past. Please visit my CLE page for information on upcoming programs.

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

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

This page covers conference call programs through Friday, June 22. For additional programs June 23-30, please visit this page.

For those Minnesota attorneys who need to complete their CLE requirements by June 30, I'm offering a number of conference call programs for only $25 per credit. Both daytime and evening programs are being offered. Each program has been approved for one 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. Wisconsin CLE credit has been applied for. Iowa credit will be applied for upon request, although an additional fee may apply.

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.
Date Time (CDT) Program MN Credit approved MBCLE Event Code
Friday, June 8 7:00 PM Ethics 1 1.0 ethics 169068
Saturday, June 9 8:00 PM Ethics 2 1.0 Ethics 169069
Sunday, June 10 2:00 PM Ethics 3 1.0 Ethics 169070
Monday, June 11 7:00 PM Bias 1 1.0 Bias 169072
Monday, June 11 8:15 PM (Note time change) Ethics 4 1.0 Ethics 169071
Tuesday, June 12 1:00 PM(Note time change) Ethics 5 1.0 Ethics 169073
Tuesday, June 12 7:00 PM Bias 2 1.0 Bias 169074
Wednesday, June 13 12:00 PM Ethics 1 1.0 Ethics 169075
Wednesday, June 13 7:00 PM Bias 1 1.0 Bias 169076
Thursday, June 14 9:00 PM Bias 2 1.0 Bias 169078
Thursday, June 14 10:05 PM: Note change of time. Ethics 2 1.0 Ethics 169077
Friday, June 15 6:00 PM: Note change of time. Ethics 3 1.0 ethics 169079
Friday, June 15 7:00 PM Ethics 4 1.0 ethics 169080
Monday, June 18 12:00 PM Ethics 5 1.0 ethics 169081
Monday, June 18 7:00 PM Bias 1 1.0 bias 169082
Tuesday, June 19 3:00 PM (Note time change.) Ethics 1 1.0 ethics 169083
Tuesday, June 19 10:00 PM(Note time change Bias 2 1.0 bias 169084
Wednesday, June 20 12:00 PM (Will be repeated live at 4:05 PM) Ethics 2 1.0 ethics 169085
Wednesday, June 20 3:00 PM Ethics 1 1.0 ethics (applied for--this hour not yet approved)(Minnesota only) 169630
Wednesday, June 20 4:05 PM (Live repeat of 12:00 program--do not take both) Ethics 2 1.0 ethics 169085
Wednesday, June 20 5:10 PM (will be repeated live at 7:00 PM) Ethics 3 1.0 ethics 169087
Wednesday, June 20 7:00 PM (Live repeat of 5:10 program--do not take both) Ethics 3 1.0 ethics 169087
Thursday, June 21 12:00 PM Ethics 4 1.0 ethics 169088
Thursday, June 21 8:00 PM (Note time change) Ethics 5 1.0 ethics 169089
Friday, June 22 5:45 PM (Note time change) PM Bias 1 1.0 bias 169090
Friday, June 22 7:00 PM Bias 2 1.0 bias 169091

CLE Credit

Minnesota: CLE credit has been approved as shown on the table above. Wisconsin: CLE credit has been applied for as shown on the table above, with the following exception: The "Elimination of Bias" programs have been applied for one standard Wisconsin CLE credit each. Iowa: Iowa credit will be applied for upon request. An additional charge may apply for Iowa credit.

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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