John L. Sobieski, Jr.

Sobieski John
  • Lindsay Young Distinguished Professor of Law

  • B.S., 1967, Loyola University (Chicago)
    J.D., 1970, University of Michigan

  • Location: Room 273
  • Phone Number: 865-974-6817
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  • Courses Taught: Civil Procedure, Civil Rights Actions, Conflict of Laws, Federal Courts


Publications of John L. Sobieski, Jr.

Professor Sobieski came to the UT College of Law in 1972 after clerking for Justice Walter V. Schaefer of the Supreme Court of Illinois and serving as a lieutenant (JAGC) in the United States Navy. He was named Lindsay Young Distinguished Professor of Law at UT in 1986. He was Associate Dean of Academic Affairs from 1995-2006 and Interim Dean of the College of Law from 2006-2008.

Professor Sobieski has received the Harold C. Warner Outstanding Teacher Award twice, the Tennessee Bar Association’s Outstanding Law Professor Award, the Carden Faculty Award for Outstanding Service, the Bass, Berry & Sims Award for Outstanding Service to the Bench and Bar, the Forrest W. Lacey Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Moot Court Board (twice), and the Carden Award for Superior Achievement in Scholarship. He is co-author of the seven-volume Civil Rights Actions and helped to draft the Tennessee Rules of Appellate Procedure. While in law school Professor Sobieski was one of the Note and Comment Editors for the Michigan Law Review.

Professor Sobieski was the 2009 Macebearer, the highest faculty honor awarded at the University of Tennessee. The article detailing Professor Sobieski's distinguished service to the university is available on the Chancellor's website.



Biography of John L. Sobieski, Jr.

Books & Chapters

Co-author, Civil Rights Actions (7 vols) (Matthew Bender, 1983, supplemented twice a year).

Civil Rights, in Deposition Strategy, Law, and Forms (1984-86).

Civil Appeals, in Appellate Court Practice in Tennessee (1985).


Articles & Other Works

An Update of the New Tennessee Rules of Appellate Procedure, 46 Tenn. L. Rev. 727 (1979).

A Survey of Civil Procedure in Tennessee -- 1977, 46 Tenn. L. Rev. 271 (1979).

The Procedural Details of the Proposed Tennessee Rules of Appellate Procedure, 45 Tenn. L. Rev. 161 (1978).

The Theoretical Foundations of the Proposed Tennessee Rules of Appellate Procedure, 45 Tenn. L. Rev. 161 (1978).

Counterclaims and Statutes of Limitations: A Critical Commentary on Present Tennessee Law, 42 Tenn. L. Rev. 291 (1975).

Note, Labor Law--Jurisdiction--Contractual Interpretation, Unfair Labor Practices, and Arbitration: A Proposed Resolution of Jurisdictional Overlap, 68 Mich. L. Rev. 141 (1970).

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