Doug A. Blaze

Blaze Doug
  • Dean and Art Stolnitz and Elvin E. Overton Distinguished Professor of Law

  • B.S., 1976, Dickinson College
    J.D., 1984, Georgetown University


  • Location: Room 278
  • Phone Number: 865-974-2521
  • Email:
  • Courses Taught: Criminal Law, Civil Procedure, Legal Profession, Advocacy Clinic, Trial Advocacy
  • Additional Information: Curriculum Vitae (pdf)


Publications of Doug A. Blaze

Professor Blaze, who received a J.D. summa cum laude degree from Georgetown University, was appointed Dean of the College of Law in 2008. Professor Blaze joined the faculty in 1993 as Director of Clinical Programs. Prior to coming to Tennessee, Professor Blaze was a member of the law faculty at Arizona State University where he helped establish a community-based legal service clinic. He also practiced with the firm of Fennemore Craig in Phoenix, where his practice involved both commercial and tort litigation.

Professor Blaze is a member and former chair of the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services. He is also very active on various bar committees including the Tennessee Bar Association Access to Justice Committee and the Knoxville Bar Association Access to Justice Initiative. Professor Blaze is co-author of The Law of Negligence in Arizona. His work has been published in the Arizona State, Georgetown, Tennessee, and William & Mary law reviews. Through the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Professor Blaze conducts trainings in professional skills for law firms and legal service organizations around the country.

Professor Blaze has received numerous honors and awards, including the prestigious Thomas Jefferson Prize from the University of Tennessee. He has also received the Bass, Berry & Sims Award for Outstanding Service to the Bench and Bar, the Harold Warner Outstanding Teacher Award, and the Carden Institutional Service Award. For his efforts to promote equal access to justice in Tennessee, Professor Blaze received the B. Riney Green Award in 2003.


Biography of Doug A. Blaze


Remembering Bob Ritchie, For the Defense: Special Issue (TACDL May 2007).

Toward Equal Access to Justice: Rethinking the Role of Law Schools, 2 Tenn. J. L. & Policy 66 (2005).

The Crisis in Legal Aid: The Challenges and Some Solutions, 39 Tenn. B. J. No. 1 (January 2003).

Bridging-the-Gap: A Professional Practice Skills Program For New Lawyers, with B. R. Green & P. Reeves, 35 Tenn. Bar J. 13 (April 1999).

Deja Vu All Over Again: Reflections on Fifty Years of Clinical Education, 64 Tenn. L. Rev. 939 (1997)

Dedication for Charles Henderson Miller, 64 Tenn. L. Rev. xi (1997)

The Effect of Law Schools on Bench/Bar Relations, Maricopa Lawyer, Vol. 9, No. 7 (July 1990)

Presumed Frivolous: Application of Stringent Pleading Requirements in Civil Rights
Litigation, 31 William & Mary L. Rev. 935 (1990).

The Nomination of Robert Bork: Revisiting the Constitution, 19 Ariz. St.
L. J.
467 (1987).

Double Jeopardy, 13th Annual Criminal Procedure Project, 72 Geo. L.J. 497 (1983)


Arizona Law of Negligence (with J. Lankford) Michie Co./Lexis Pub. (3d ed. 2004)

Other Educational Materials

Quick Review: Civil Procedure, Sum and Substance (5th ed. West 2003)

Civil Procedure (Audio Tapes), Sum and Substance (West 1999)

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