The Professional Lawyer Publications Board

John P. (Jack) Sahl, CHAIR
Akron, OH

Jack Sahl is a Professor of Law and the Faculty Director of the Miller-Becker Center for Professional Responsibility at the University of Akron School of Law, where he teaches professional responsibility among other subjects.  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 he has taught a contracts and commercial law seminar at the CEIDA Institute in Rome, Italy.  Professor Sahl has authored articles and book chapters concerning professional responsibility, and he has also published the textbook, Evidence Problems and Materials (with Professor Steven I. Friedland) (4th ed. 2012).  Professor Sahl is a frequent international and national speaker on 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 is a member of the: Editorial Board of the ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct (Chair since 2012); 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 was also a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Professional Discipline (presidential appointment, 3-year term, 2008-11) and was appointed to 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 was the Chair [Elect] of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Professional Responsibility Section in 2013.

Professor Sahl is also active member in the Ohio and Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Associations. 

Susan Saab Fortney
Hampstead, New York

Susan Saab Forney serves as the Howard Lichtenstein Distinguished Professor of Legal Ethics at the Maurice Deane School of Law at Hofstra University.  Her work focuses on issues related to law firm governance, culture, ethics and malpractice. She has conducted numerous empirical studies. Professor Fortney has also co-authored the nation’s first textbook on Legal Malpractice law.

Before joining Hostra, Fortney served as the Paul Whitfield Horn Distinguished University Professor and Interim Dean at Texas Tech University School of Law. She also previously served as Associate Dean for Research and Associate Dean for Students and held the George Mahon Professorship of Law.

Prior to joining Texas Tech, Fortney practiced law in both the public and private sectors. Upon graduation from law school, she first served as briefing attorney for Chief Justice Carlos Cadena of the Fourth Court of Appeals of Texas.  She continued her public service as an attorney with the Division of Corporation Finance and the Division of Enforcement at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  Fortney later entered private practice, first handling securities and corporate matters and later focusing on legal malpractice cases.

Fortney has been elected as a member of the American Law Institute, the American Bar Foundation and the Texas Bar Foundation.  She also serves on the National Conference of Bar Examiners Committee that drafts the Multi-state Professional Responsibility Examination.  She is a member of the Executive Committee for the AALS Professional Responsibility Section and the Texas Committee on the Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct.

Arthur F. Greenbaum

Columbus, OH

Professor Greenbaum is the James W. Shocknessy Professor of law at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law where he teaches in the areas of civil procedure and professional responsibility. His scholarship has included pieces in the areas of administrative law, civil procedure, professional responsibility, and placement, but his current work focuses on professional responsibility issues. His most recent work includes pieces on reporting lawyer misconduct to disciplinary authorities, multijurisdictional practice, and interim and administrative sanctions in the lawyer regulatory process. He also is the co-author of a treatise on the Ohio law of professional responsibility with the Jones Day law firm.

Professor Greenbaum has served on the board of the Ohio CLE Institute, the Ohio State Bar Association CLE Advisory Committee, and the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on the Certification of Attorneys as Specialists. He also has served on the Columbus Bar Association Ethics and Grievance Committee. In addition, he is the faculty advisor for, and a board member of, the Ohio Public Interest Foundation.

Andrew M. Perlman
Boston, Massachusetts

Andrew Perlman is a professor at Suffolk University Law School, where he teaches professional responsibility and civil procedure and is the director of the Institute on Law Practice Technology and Innovation

Professor Perlman was the Chief Reporter for the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20, which successfully proposed numerous changes to the Model Rules of Professional Conduct and related ABA polices to address ethics issues arising from globalization and technological change.  He is also a member of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s Standing Advisory Commission on the Rules of Professional Conduct.

Professor Perlman has authored a number of articles about legal ethics and, since 2008, has co-authored the widely used student text, Regulation of Lawyers: Statutes and Standards (with Stephen Gillers and Roy Simon). He is also a co-author of a popular civil procedure case book (with Joseph Glannon and Peter Raven-Hansen) and is a co-contributor to a legal ethics blog, www.legalethicsforum.com, which has been named three times by the American Bar Association Journal as one of the top 100 law related blogs in the country. 

Professor Perlman is an honors graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School, and he received his LL.M. from Columbia Law School, where he was an Associate-in-Law. 

Ronald Rotunda
Orange, California

Ronald D. Rotunda is the Doy & Dee Henley Chair and Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence, Chapman University.  Before that, he was University Professor and Professor of Law, George Mason University; the Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Professor of Law, University of Illinois; and assistant majority counsel, the Senate Watergate Committee.  He has co-authored the most widely-used course book on legal ethics, Problems and Materials on Professional Responsibility (Foundation Press, 11th ed. 2011)(with Thomas Morgan & John Dzienkowski); author of, Modern Constitutional Law (West Publishing, 10th ed. 2012); coauthor of Legal Ethics: The Lawyer's Deskbook on Professional Responsibility (ABA-West Group, St. Paul, Minnesota) (jointly published by the ABA and West) (with John Dzienkowski); and co-author of the six-volume Treatise on Constitutional Law (West Publishing Co., 5th ed. 2012)(with John Nowak). His works have been published in French, German, Romanian, Czech, Russian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Korean.  He has taught in Florence, Leuven, and Hamburg. He was selected Best Lawyer in Washington, DC, in 2009 in Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law, as published in November 2008 in the Washington Post in association with the Legal Times.  He was also selected as Best Lawyer in Southern California, in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 in Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law as published in the Los Angeles Times, in association with American Law Media.  He was a Commissioner on the California Fair Political Practices Commission, a state regulatory agency, from 2009 to 2013.

Mark L. Tuft
San Francisco, CA

Mark L. Tuft is a partner with Cooper, White & Cooper LLP in San Francisco.  He serves as counsel to lawyers and law firms on professional responsibility, professional liability, law firm mergers and dissolutions and State Bar disciplinary matters.  Mr. Tuft is certified by the State Bar of California as a specialist in legal malpractice law.  His practice includes legal malpractice defense, media law and related first amendment litigation and defense of individuals and businesses in civil and criminal matters.  He also serves as an arbitrator, mediator and special master in lawyer-client and law firm disputes.  Mr. Tuft is a co-author of The California Practice Guide on Professional Responsibility (The Rutter Group, a division of West, a Thomson Reuters business, 2012)  Mr. Tuft obtained his J.D. degree with honors from Hastings College of the Law in 1968.  He also received an LL.M. degree with highest honors from George Washington University in 1972.

Mr. Tuft is a vice-chair of the California State Bar Commission on the revision of the rules of professional conduct and a former chair to the California State Bar Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct.  He is a member of the ABA Center on Professional Responsibility and its editorial board.  Mr. Tuft currently serves as immediate Past President of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers.   He is a frequent lecturer and writer on professional responsibility issues and has received several teaching awards.

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