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Professor John P. Sahl serves as Faculty Director of the Joseph G. Miller and William C. Becker Center 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, cinema and the legal profession, 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. He was appointed for a three-year term (2008-11) 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. The Ohio Supreme Court also appointed Professor Sahl to a three-year term (2009-12) on the Commission for the Unauthorized Practice of Law and he was a member of the Ohio Bar Association’s Future of the Legal Profession Advisory Committee. Sahl recently delivered a presentation titled, “Training Lawyers Across Borders: How Film and Documentaries Promote Law, Morals, and Professional Responsibility” at the Facultad Libre De Derecho De Monterrery, Mexico. He also moderated "Ethics – Outsourcing of Intellectual Property Work" at the 12th Annual Richard C. Sughrue Symposium on Intellectual Property Law and Policy. His most recent book contribution is a chapter titled 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 2010, 11-50 (3/2010). He also recently published, A New Era – Quo Vadis?, Introduction to the Symposium, Lawyers Beyond Borders and Practicing Law in the Electronic Age, 43 Akron L. Rev. (2010) and Thinking About Leaving? The Ethics of Departing One Firm for Another, 13 Prof. Law 2, 9-13 (2008).