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John P. Sahl

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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.  Professor Sahl is a frequent international and national speaker on the subject of professional responsibility and serves as a consultant and expert witness in the field.  He is the Chair of the Publications Board of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility and a member of the Coordinating Council of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility.  He is a former Chair of the Editorial Board of the ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct and served on the ABA Standing Committee on Professional Discipline.  Professor Sahl was also Chair of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Professional Responsibility Section.

Professor Sahl is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association Ethics Committee and of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Ethics & Professionalism Committee where he once served as chair.  He was also appointed by the Ohio Supreme Court to serve on the Unauthorized Practice of Law Commission.

Professor Sahl clerked for Chief Judge William Holloway Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.  He also served as senior counsel to the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Federalism and Property Rights of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee.  

You may access some of Professor Sahl’s works and curriculum vitae atJack 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.  Professor Sahl is a frequent international and national speaker on the subject of professional responsibility and serves as a consultant and expert witness in the field.  He is the Chair of the Publications Board of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility and a member of the Coordinating Council of the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility.  He is a former Chair of the Editorial Board of the ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct and served on the ABA Standing Committee on Professional Discipline.  Professor Sahl was also Chair of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Professional Responsibility Section.
Professor Sahl is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association Ethics Committee and of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Ethics & Professionalism Committee where he once served as chair.  He was also appointed by the Ohio Supreme Court to serve on the Unauthorized Practice of Law Commission.

Professor Sahl clerked for Chief Judge William Holloway Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.  He also served as senior counsel to the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Federalism and Property Rights of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee.  

You may access some of Professor Sahl’s works and curriculum vitae at http://www.uakron.edu/law/faculty/directory/profile.dot?u=jps

 

R. Michael Cassidy

Photo - R. Michael Cassidy Professor R. Michael Cassidy teaches and writes in the areas of Criminal Law, Evidence, and Professional Responsibility. He is considered an expert on the subject of prosecutorial ethics, and provides training nationally to public sector attorneys on their responsibilities under the Rules of Professional Conduct. Among his many professional and community activities, Professor Cassidy has served on the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission, on the Massachusetts Standing Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct, and as an elected member of the American Law Institute.  Cassidy was awarded the AALS Professional Responsibility Section “Zacharias Prize” for the best legal ethics article published in 2011.

 

Benjamin P. Cooper

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Ben Cooper is the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Frank Montague, Jr. Professor of Legal Studies and Professionalism at the University of Mississippi School of Law. A member of the faculty since 2007, Professor Cooper teaches Legal Profession, Civil Procedure, and an Advanced Legal Ethics seminar. He writes, speaks and consults on legal ethics and the law governing lawyers. Professor Cooper’s articles have appeared in a variety of journals, including the Wake Forest Law Review, the Cardozo Law Review, the Cincinnati Law Review, the Baylor Law Review, Legal Ethics, and The Professional Lawyer.

Professor Cooper serves as a member of the Mississippi Bar’s Ethics Committee, the Mississippi Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules, and the Executive Committee of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Section on Professional Responsibility. He is also the United States Reporter for the Reports, Comments and Notes Section of the international journal Legal Ethics. In addition, Professor Cooper recently completed his work as Co-Reporter for the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services. The Commission’s Final Report can be found here.

Before joining the faculty, Professor Cooper practiced law in both the public and private sector. After graduating from law school, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Anthony J. Scirica of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Professor Cooper then joined the United States Department of Justice via the Department’s Honor Program and, from 1998-2001, was a Trial Attorney in the Federal Programs Branch of the Civil Division, where he defended the legality of federal statutes and programs. From 2001 until he joined the faculty in 2007, Professor Cooper practiced commercial litigation and higher education law in the private sector, first at Kirkland & Ellis in New York and then at Pepper Hamilton in Philadelphia, and gained admission to the partnership at each firm.

Professor Cooper received his B.A. with honors from Amherst College in 1994 and his J.D. with honors from the University of Chicago Law School in 1997, where he was a member of the editorial board of the University of Chicago Law Review.

 

Margaret C. Tarkington

Photo - Margaret C. Tarkington Margaret Tarkington is a Professor of Law at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, where she teaches Professional Responsibility, Federal Courts, Civil Procedure, and a Constitutional Law Seminar entitled Attorney Regulation and the First Amendment. Her scholarly work addresses the intersection of lawyer regulation, the First Amendment, and the overall administration of justice. She has served as an expert consultant on disciplinary proceedings brought against attorneys for their speech, association, and petitioning, and she just completed Voice of Justice: Reclaiming the First Amendment Rights of Lawyers for Cambridge University Press (forthcoming 2018). Professor Tarkington serves as the 2018 Chair of the AALS Professional Responsibility Section. She was awarded the 2015 Indiana University Trustees’ Teaching Award. Prior to joining the Indiana University McKinney faculty in 2011, Professor Tarkington taught for four years at the J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, in Provo, Utah, where she received the SBA Award for Professor of the Year for First Year Courses. In 2010-2011, she was a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. She previously practiced law in New York, Indiana, and Utah.