Joann M. Sahl

Joann M. Sahl

Title: Clinical Professor and C. Blake McDowell, Jr. Professor of Law
Office: Room 311 C. Blake McDowell Law Building
Phone: 330-972-7189
Fax: 330-972-2372
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Curriculum Vitae: Download in PDF format


Joann Sahl is the assistant director of the legal clinic. She supervises the Reentry Clinic, the Civil Practice Clinic and teaches Appellate Practice and Procedure. Prior to joining Akron Law, Professor Sahl served as a staff attorney in the housing unit of Community Legal Aid Services, Inc. in Akron, Ohio and at Columbus Legal Aid. Before that, she served as assistant state public defender at the Ohio Public Defender Commission, eventually rising to chief appellate counsel and supervisor of the death penalty section where she successfully argued before the United States Supreme Court. She received her B.A. from The Ohio State University and her J.D. from The University of Akron School of Law.


  • Ohio’s Certificate of Qualification: Four Years Later, Ohio Lawyer Magazine, September/October 2017, p. 26
  • Can We Forgive Those Who Batter? Proposing an End to the Collateral Consequences of Civil Domestic Violence Cases, 100 MARQUETTE LAW REVIEW 527 (2016).
  • Battling Collateral Consequences: The Long Road to Redemption, 49  L. Bull. 383 (2013)


Clinics Taught: Appellate Practice, Civil Practice, Reentry, and Social Justice Lawyering