Course Description

In June of 2020, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania amended the Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 8.4(g) addressing misconduct relating to bias, harassment, and discrimination.  This course begins with an overview of some general updates and practice pointers relating to legal malpractice, and then provides an in-depth look at the new Rule 8.4(g).

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

  • Bethann R. Lloyd, Esq.

    Bethann R. Lloyd, Esq.

    Ms. Lloyd, a shareholder in the firm of Weinheimer, Haber, and Coco, defends individual lawyers and law firms against professional liability actions, including alleged legal malpractice, wrongful use of civil proceedings, ethics & fiduciary violations and civil rights violations. She also defends other professional liability actions, employment discrimination claims and insurance defense claims in a variety of contexts, inclusive of a focus on the defense of Pennsylvania housing authorities. Bethann frequently lectures for the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Allegheny County Bar Association, and other organizations in the area of risk management, ethics and avoiding legal malpractice.

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Malpractice Avoidance 2018 (Printing the materials is optional)
    • How to Navigate This Course
    • Malpractice Avoidance: RPC 8.4(g) Course Materials
    • Malpractice Avoidance: RPC 8.4(g) Part One
    • Malpractice Avoidance: RPC 8.4(g) Part Two
    • Course Evaluation (Required)