Course Description

This course includes a discussion of recent trends and practice pointers in legal malpractice cases.  Topics include:

  • Termination of attorney/client relationships
  • Client files
  • Suits for fees
  • What to do when you have a bad result
  • Claim mitigation
  • Avoiding a lawsuit
  • The disciplinary process

This course includes video recorded for a live CLE presentation for the Westmoreland Bar Association.

Videography services were provided by Network Deposition Services.

Course Deadline Notice:

Axom Education will no longer be offering online CLE courses after the December 31st, 2022 compliance deadline.  Any courses purchased from October 15th, 2022 through December 31st, 2022 must be completed by January 10th, 2023 to receive CLE credit.

CLE Credit:

1.0 PA Ethics CLE

This course contains approximately 60 minutes of content, all of which is required for course completion. 

Your certificate of completion will be issued automatically after all elements of the course have been viewed/completed.  Credits will be reported to the CLE Board within 30 days of your completion of the course and your completion date will be reported as the day on which you actually finished the course.

The PA CLE board requires that online course providers verify your active participation in a course.  Axom does this by tracking the amount of time you spend on each element of the course and your total time in the course.  To receive CLE credit for this course, you must complete all elements and watch all videos in their entirety.  You will be asked to submit a verification at the end of the course stating that you did so.  The system will allow you to fast forward or rewind a video or mark a video complete without watching it in its entirety.  We have left these functions enabled so that you can use the course for reference material later or you can pick up where you left off if you are interrupted without having to start a video over from the beginning.  If we determine based on our system logs that you did not watch each video in full and/or you did not spend the required amount of time completing the course for credit, we reserve the right to refuse to report your credits with no refund of the course price, or to withhold the reporting of your credits until you have completed the course in full.

Minimum System Requirements:

This course includes downloads of PDF documents (Portable Document Format) and streaming video. Viewing the documents will require Adobe Acrobat Reader or other PDF viewing software.  Adobe Acrobat Reader is available for free from the Adobe website.

The video player will run on Mac OS, Windows and Linux as well as most mobile devices and tablets on any browser that supports Adobe Flash and/or HTML5.  Supported browsers include Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer 9,10,11, and Microsoft Edge.  Internet Explorer 8 is not supported on Windows XP for security reasons, but is supported on Windows 7 or higher operating systems.

An internet connection with a minimum speed of 768 kilobits per second is required.  At least 5MB/sec is recommended to stream video in full HD quality.  Please note that the video player may downgrade the quality of the video to accommodate lower connection speeds.

Course Presenter

  • Charlene S. Seibert, Esq.

    Charlene S. Seibert, Esq.

    Charlene is a member of the Professional Liability Department at Marshall Dennehey, where she dedicates her practice to the defense of attorneys and other professionals. Primarily, Charlene defends attorneys in legal malpractice actions covering a wide range of practice areas, including medical and dental malpractice, real estate and title insurance, estate and probate matters, divorce and support, complex business transactions and commercial litigation. Additionally, Charlene represents attorneys sued for intentional conduct arising from their representation of a client, including claims of defamation, abuse of process and statutory claims for wrongful use of civil proceedings. In cases where a lawsuit has not yet been filed, Charlene has served in a claims avoidance capacity, including navigating through conflicts of interest that may arise through the course of a lawyer's representation and undertaking mitigation efforts to salvage underlying litigation or otherwise reduce potential damages. As well, Charlene has assisted counsel in responding to disciplinary complaints made against them with the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board. She is also an active member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Professional Liability Committee and the Allegheny County Bar Association Professional Liability Committee, where she frequently addresses prominent lawyer liability and insurance issues, and is a frequent speaker on topics of legal malpractice avoidance.

    Charlene began her practice representing lawyers and other professionals in 2006, after graduating in the top 10% of her class at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Through law school, Charlene served on the executive board for the Pittsburgh Tax Review as the articles editor where she ensured the accuracy of legal propositions asserted by tax professionals and improved the authors' writing techniques. Also while in law school in 2004, Charlene joined Marshall Dennehey as a law clerk and upon graduation continued with the firm in the Professional Liability Department.

    Prior to law school, in 2002 Charlene graduated from John Carroll University, magna cum laude, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She was inducted into Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society and awarded the Kathy L. Barber Outstanding Scholar Award in Political Science for graduating seniors. Also during her time at John Carroll, Charlene served as an intern for the U.S. Export Assistance Center in Cleveland, Ohio, a division of the United States Department of Commerce, where she assisted small and medium-sized businesses with regulatory compliance issues and market research relating to the exportation of goods.

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Malpractice Avoidance 2019
    • How to Navigate This Course
    • Course Materials
    • Malpractice 2019 Part One
    • Malpractice 2019 Part Two
    • Course Evaluation (Required)