John P. Sahl

John P. Sahl

Title: Joseph G. Miller Professor of Law and Director of The Joseph G. Miller and William C. Becker Center for Professional Responsibility
Office: Central Hower 316G
Phone: 330-972-6753
Fax: 330-972-2372
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John (Jack) P. Sahl is a Professor of Law and Director of The Joseph G. Miller and William C. Becker Center for Professional Responsibility at The University of Akron School of Law.  Professor Sahl is an “IP Expert” with the Intellectual Property Law Center and a member of its Advisory Council.  He is also a former Research Fellow of the Constitutional Law Center.  His research interests include: professional ethics, legal malpractice, lawyer discipline, judicial ethics and administration, cinema and the legal profession, and sports and entertainment law.  Professor Sahl is a frequent national and international speaker, consultant, and expert witness on professional responsibility matters.  He served as senior counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution, Federalism and Property Rights.  Professor Sahl also clerked for the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, The Honorable William J. Holloway, Jr., and managed the business and legal affairs for Ambience, Inc.

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.  He was also a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Professional Discipline and was appointed to the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 Inbound Foreign Lawyer Working Group and its Uniformity, Choice of Law and Conflicts of Interest Working Group.  Professor Sahl has also served as Chair of the American Association of Law Schools Professional Responsibility Section.  By appointment of the Ohio Supreme Court, Professor Sahl served a three-year term on the Commission for the Unauthorized Practice of Law.  He also has served as a member of the Ohio Bar Association’s Future of the Legal Profession Advisory Committee.  Professor Sahl delivered presentations titled, “The ABA’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct and The Financial Action Task Force’s Recommendations” at New York Law School (2014); “Cracks in the Profession’s Monopoly Armor” at Fordham Law School (2013) and “Concussions and Return-to-Play Laws” at Santa Clara University Law School (2013).  He also delivered “Training Lawyers Across Borders: How Film and Documentaries Promote Law, Morals, and Professional Responsibility” at the Facultad Libre De Derecho De Monterrery, Mexico.

Professor Sahl has co-authored three books.

  • EVIDENCE PROBLEMS AND MATERIALS (5th ed., 2015) (with Steven I. Friedland)
  • SPORTS LAW CASES & MATERIALS (3rd ed., 2014) (with Russ VerSteeg)
  • “Professional Responsibility in Focus (2017).” The authors are by John P. Sahl (Author), R. Michael Cassidy (Author), Benjamin P. Cooper (Author), Margaret C. Tarkington (Author).

He also co-authored the TEACHER’S MANUAL for the EVIDENCE PROBLEMS AND MATERIALS (5th ed., 2015) (with Steven I. Friedland) and has written several chapters in other books. His most recent articles include:

  • Lawyer Ethics and the Financial Action Task Force: A Call to Action, 59 N.Y.L. Sch. L. Rev. 457-84 (2014-2015);
  • Cracks in the Profession’s Monopoly Armor, 82 FORDHAM L. REV. 101-30 (2014); and
  • Real Metamorphosis or More of the Same: Symposium Introduction: Navigating the Practice of Law in the Wake of Ethics 20/20 – Globalization, New Technologies and What It Means to be a Lawyer in these Uncertain Times, 47 AKRON L. REV. 1-29 (2014).