Jack Sahl is the Inaugural Joseph G. Miller of Professor of Law and the Director of the Miller-Becker Center for Professional Responsibility at the University of Akron School of Law where he regularly teaches professional responsibility, evidence, and sports law. He also teaches a film and legal ethics seminar and a U.S. Legal System course to international lawyers and students each summer at Yale University and a contracts and commercial law seminar at the CEIDA Institute in Rome, Italy. Professor Sahl has authored numerous articles and book chapters concerning professional responsibility and two textbooks, Sports Law Cases & Materials (with Professor Russ VerSteeg) (3rd ed. 2014) and Evidence Problems and Materials (with Professor Steven I. Friedland) (5th ed. 2015). He is currently working with co-authors on a Professional Responsibility textbook slated for publication by Wolters Kluwer in 2017. Professor Sahl is a frequent international and national speaker concerning professional responsibility and he has served as a national consultant and expert witness in the field. He clerked for Chief Judge William Holloway Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and was senior counsel to the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Federalism and Property Rights of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Professor Sahl also worked in the music industry and has counseled a variety of persons in the entertainment and sport industries.
On the national level, Professor Sahl is member of the: Publications Board of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility ( Chair, since 2006); Coordinating Council of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility (2006-present); and Michael Franck Professional Responsibility Award Selection Committee of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility (2006-present). He also served on the Editorial Board of the ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct (Chair 2012-14); the ABA Standing Committee on Professional Discipline (a presidential 3-year term appointment, 2008-11) and the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 Inbound Foreign Lawyer Working Group (2009-2011) and its Uniformity, Choice of Law and Conflicts of Interest Working Group (2010-2011). Professor Sahl served as Chair of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Professional Responsibility Section (2013), as a member of its Executive Committee (2009-12), and a member of the Selection Committee for the Fred C. Zacharias Memorial Prize for Scholarship in Professional Responsibility (2011-12, 2014-15).
In Ohio, Professor Sahl served on the Unauthorized Practice of Law Commission (Ohio Supreme Court 3-year term appointment, 2008-2011); the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) Legal Ethics and Professional Conduct Committee (1994-2012); the OSBA Membership Services Advisory Panel (2008-09); and the OSBA Future of the Legal Profession Advisory Committee (2005-2008). He is currently a member of the OSBA Professionalism Committee (2012) and a member and former chair of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Ethics & Professionalism Committee (1991-present).