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About John Sahl

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).


Present Intellectual Property Fellow, The University of Akron
Present Faculty Director of the Miller/Becker Institute for Professional Responsibility, The University of Akron
Present Professor of Law, The University of Akron

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The University of Akron School of Law
C. Blake McDowell Law Center
Akron, OH 44325-2901
Room: 243
Phone: (330) 972-6753

Law Review Articles (11)

Books (1)

Contributions to Books (15)