The Miller Becker Center for Professional Responsibility (MBC) is a nationally recognized academic center dedicated to enhancing public trust and confidence in the legal profession and the judicial system.

Laurel S. Terry with Jack Sahl from The University of Akron

Laurel S. Terry and Jack Sahl

‘Lawyers and the Globalization of Legal Services’ Series

‘International Developments, Internationals Networks, and their Impact on U.S. Legal Ethics’

Laurel S. Terry, professor and H. Laddie Montague Jr. Chair in Law at Penn State, was the speaker at the inaugural lecture of the “Lawyers and the Globalization of Legal Services” Series in April. See her biography

Since the 2016 election, “globalization” has become a more politicized term than it was previously and a term that elicits strong reactions. The lecture addressed the impact of globalization on the legal profession, legal ethics, and lawyer regulation. It explains why international developments are relevant to lawyers, clients, and the public throughout the United States and why it is worth learning acronyms such as ABS, FATF, GATS, and PMBR. Terry's lecture highlighted the importance of international networks, including networks of law firms, in-house counsel, government lawyers, legal ethics practitioners, legal ethics academics, and regulators.

PDF icon Laurel Terry's remarks at Akron Law

Akron Legal News: Akron Law sponsors globalization of the legal industry lecture


Alumna in the spotlight

Amy Stone

“THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON School of Law provided me with the strong foundation on which I built my career in professional responsibility. Though I did not have the honor or pleasure of studying with Professor Becker, at UA I did learn the fundamentals of the core areas of legal practice, including professional ethics, necessary for success in my current job.”

Amy Stone, Assistant Disciplinary Counsel for the Supreme Court of Ohio Office of Disciplinary Counsel


Watch recent events

  • February 5, 2019- Presentation- "Representing Medical Malpractice Claimants- Some Common Ethics Issues” - Speaker: Attorney Antonios P. Tsarouhas. Presented by The Joseph G. Miller and William C. Becker Center for Professional Responsibility and The Career Services Office
  • Nov. 14, 2018- Lecture- “Common Ethics Considerations in Large Firm Litigation Practice” - Speaker: Attorney Pete Cahoon. Presented by The Joseph G. Miller and William C. Becker Center for Professional Responsibility and The Career Services Office

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Martin Belsky Martin H. Belsky is the Randolph Baxter Professor of Law and former Dean of the Law School. He has organized and participated in various ethics conferences. Professor Belsky also served as the chief prosecutor in Phila­delphia and Counsel to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee. He currently serves on the board of the Akron Bar Association. See his bio.

Cravens Sarah M. R. Cravens is the C. Blake McDowell Jr. Professor of Law. Her areas of interest include the judicial role, legal ethics, and theology & law. See her bio.

Lavoie Richard Lavoie is a Dean's Club Professor of Law at The University of Akron Law School. His interests include tax ethics and statutory interpretation. See his bio.


William C. Becker
Ohio Attorney General’s Office

Anthony Damelio
Nationwide Insurance Co.

Joseph N. Gross
Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP

Kenneth M. Kaufman
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Jeannette L. Knudsen
The J.M. Smucker Company

Janet Green Marbley
Client’s Security Fund

Lucian T. Pera
Adams and Reese LLP

Harry D. Cornett
Tucker Ellis LLP

Arthur Garwin
ABA Center for Professional Responsibility

Peter A. Joy
Washington University – St. Louis School of Law

Tracy L. Kepler
ABA Center for Professional Responsibility

The Honorable Sara Lioi
United States District Court – Northern District of Ohio

Prof. James Moliterno
Washington and Lee University School of Law

Brian F. Toohey
Former Jones Day Principal Loss Prevention Partner


Student fellows in the Miller Becker Center for Professional Responsibility

2018-19 Student Fellows

  • Hilary DeSaussure
  • Kevin Burns

The student fellows assist in the planning and implementation of Miller Becker Center programming. They also act as a liaison for the center with University personnel, law students, media and the bar.

Center Director

Jack Sahl, Director of the Miller Becker Center for Professional ResponsibilityJack Sahl (bio) is director of the Miller Becker Center for Professional Responsibility. He serves on the Ohio State Bar Association Professionalism Committee and as Chair of the Publications Board for the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility. In 2019, he received the Eugene R. Weir Award for Ethics and Professionalism, the highest ethics recognition the Ohio State Bar Association awards.

Professor Sahl recently published:

  • A 2019 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 2019 (Book Chapter 2/25/19);
  • The “Rainmaker Film”- A Window to View Lawyers and Professional Responsibility, 48 Memphis St. L. Rev. 826-57 (2018)
  • Professional Responsibility in Focus (Wolters Kluwer, 2017) (with R. Michael Cassidy, Benjamin P. Cooper, & Margaret Tarkington)


Director - Jack P. Sahl

Program Coordinator Tanjeet Dhillon

The MBC Director’s Office is in Room 205 of the C. Blake McDowell Law Center (map).