Professor John P. Sahl serves as Faculty Director of the Joseph G. Miller and
William C. Becker Institute for Professional Responsibility, and is a fellow of both the
Intellectual Property and Constitutional Law Centers. His research includes professional
ethics, legal malpractice, lawyer discipline, judicial ethics and administration, and
sports and entertainment law. He is a frequent national and international speaker,
consultant and expert witness on professional responsibility matters. Professor Sahl
received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Boston College; J.D. from Vermont Law School;
LL.M. from Yale University; and DAAD Certificate from Christian Albrechts University in
Kiel, Germany. He served as senior counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s
Subcommittee on the Constitution, Federalism and Property Rights. Sahl clerked for the
chief judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and managed business and
legal affairs for Ambience, Inc. Prior to joining the Akron Law faculty in 1991, he was
deputy dean of the University of Bridgeport School of Law (now Quinnipiac University
School of Law). He has also served as an adjunct professor at Yale University and the
Touro College Law School, as well as a visiting professor at CEIDA Institute in Rome,
Italy. He is admitted to practice in Connecticut and Ohio, as well as the U.S. Court of
Appeals for the Sixth and Tenth Circuits. Professor Sahl’s memberships include the
American, Ohio, Cleveland and Akron Bar Associations, as well as the OSBA Future of the
Legal Profession Advisory Committee. He was recently appointed for a three-year term to
the ABA Standing Committee on Professional Discipline and is also a member of the
Executive Committee of the AALS Professional Responsibility Section. Professor Sahl is
Chair of the Publications Board of Editors for the ABA Center for Professional
Responsibility and serves on the Center’s Michael Franck Professional Responsibility
Award Selection Committee. His most recent book contribution is A 2009 Update: What Every
Entertainment Lawyer Needs to Know - How to Avoid Being the Target of Legal Malpractice
Claim or Disciplinary Action, COUNSELING CLIENTS IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY 2009,
11-50 (2009). He also recently published, Thinking About Leaving? The Ethics of Departing
One Firm for Another, 13 Prof. Law 2. (2008). 

Law Review Articles

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Cracks in the Profession's Monopoly Armor, Fordham Law Review (2014)

This article examines the legal profession’s long-held monopoly in the nation’s legal services market in...

 

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Behind Closed Doors: Shedding Light on Lawyer Self-Regulation--What Lawyers Do When Nobody's Watching, San Diego Law Review (2011)

This Article examines the significance of Professor Fred C. Zacharias’s work, What Lawyers Do When...

 

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Entertainment Law - The Specter of Malpractice Claims and Disciplinary Actions, Marquette Sports Law Review (2010)

There is significant risk today that lawyers will become the target of a disciplinary or...

 

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Foreword: The New Era- Quo Vadis?, Akron Law Review (2010)

The Inaugural MBI Symposium’s twenty-six participants highlight many important developments and challenges caused by MJP...

 

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Thinking about Leaving? The Ethics of Departing One Firm for Another, Professional Lawyer (2008)

Lawyers today increasingly change jobs, suggesting to some that lawyer movement is becoming the norm....

 

Books

Contributions to Books

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A 2010 Update: What Every Entertainment Lawyer Needs to Know - How to Avoid Being the Target of a Legal Malpractice Claim or Disciplinary Action, Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry (2010)

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A 2009 Update: What Every Entertainment Lawyer Needs to Know-- How to Avoid Being the Target of a Legal Malpractice Claim or Disciplinary Action, Counseling Clints in the Entertainment Industry (2009)

There is significant risk today that lawyers will become the target of a disciplinary or...

 

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What Every Entertainment Lawyer Needs to Know - How to Avoid Being the Target of Legal Malpractice Claim or Disciplinary Action, Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry (2007)

There is significant risk today that lawyers will become the target of a disciplinary or...

 

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What Every Entertainment Lawyer Needs to Know - How to Avoid Being the Target of Legal Malpractice Claim or Disciplinary Action, Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry (2006)

There is significant risk today that lawyers will become the target of a disciplinary or...

 

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Entertainment Law Ethics (with Kenneth J. Abdo), Counseling Clients in the Entertainment Industry (2005)

Entertainment law is a highly competitive area of practice, involving a myriad of roles and...

 

Professional Journal Articles

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Entertainment Law Ethics: Part 2 Agents, Managers and Lawyers (with Kenneth J. Abdo) (2005)

The practice of entertainment law is quite broad. It includes litigators, estate planners, tax professionals,...

 

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Entertainment Law Ethics: Part 1 The First of a Series on Ethics for Entertainment Lawyers (with Kenneth J. Abdo) (2004)

Entertainment lawyers who aggressively represent clients often test the limits of permissible professional conduct by...

 

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Helping Clients with Living Expenses: “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished (2002)

First, this article briefly reviews the origins of and reasons for the ban on lawyers...