Rule 8.4(g) and Free Speech


Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


In June 2020, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court adopted Rule of Professional Conduct 8.4(g), which prohibits knowingly manifesting bias or prejudice, or engaging in harassment or discrimination directed to persons in a number of protected categories. A Philadelphia attorney filed a subsequent federal court challenge to the Rule, contending that it will chill his speech as a lawyer advocating on behalf of student and faculty due process and free speech rights. This Zoom-virtual ethics CLE will explore the scope and application of Rule 8.4(g), and the First Amendment challenge, and discuss the potential ramifications and reach of the Rule.


  • Natalie Klyashtorny, Esquire
  • Felix Yelin, Esquire


  • Jennifer Coatsworth, Esquire
  • Zachary Greenberg, Esquire (the plaintiff attorney who filed the challenge)
  • David Marion, Esquire
  • Thomas Wilkinson, Jr., Esquire


Participants may earn 1.0 ethics continuing legal education credits for this program.


There is no cost for Brandeis members and the lawyers of White and Williams, Cozen O’Connor, Margolis Edelstein, FIRE, and Nochumson P.C. For everyone else seeking CLE credit, the program will be $18. Click here to buy tickets and register for the event.