College of Law

Paula Schaefer

Associate Professor of Law

Phone: 865-974-6793

Office: Room 383

Schaefer, Paula


BA magna cum laude, 1993, University of Missouri

JD, 1996, University of Missouri School of Law


Curriculum Vitae

Professor Schaefer joined the UT College of Law Faculty in 2008. Prior to teaching, she practiced in the area of commercial litigation at Shook, Hardy & Bacon and Bryan Cave. She teaches Business Associations, Civil Procedure, EDiscovery, Legal Profession, and Pre-Trial Litigation.

Professor Schaefer’s scholarship considers issues of attorney ethics and fiduciary duty, particularly in an attorney’s representation of business clients. Her articles have been published in various journals including Maryland Law Review, Florida State University Law Review, Tennessee Law Review, American Business Law Journal, and Yale Law Journal Pocket Part.

Professor Schaefer is interested in developing innovative teaching methods to prepare students for practice. She is the author of the Civil Procedure book in West’s Developing Professional Skills series and is the author of a chapter in the forthcoming Building on Best Practices: Legal Education in a Changing World. She has developed a simulation that generates thousands of documents that her students use to conduct e-discovery in her Pre-Trial Litigation and EDiscovery classes. She collaborates with Iris Data Services to provide students with a realistic experience using current technology in ediscovery.

Professor Schaefer has received the Harold Warner Outstanding Teacher Award, the Bass, Berry & Sims Award for Outstanding Service to the Bench and Bar, and the Carden Award for Outstanding Service to the Institution. She regularly speaks on attorney ethics topics to various groups and is a contributing author to the Knoxville Bar Association’s “Schooled in Ethics” Column.


Books & Chapters

  • Developing Professional Skills: Civil Procedure (West 2013).
  • Integrating Professionalism Into Doctrinal Classes, in Building on Best Practices: Legal Education for a Changing World (working title; forthcoming 2015).
  • Professional Responsibility in The Life of The Lawyer, Second Edition (West, forthcoming 2015) (with Carl Pierce, Judy Cornett, Alex Long, and Cassandra Robertson)
  • Professional Responsibility, in Making the Pieces Fit: An Analysis of the Daimler-Chrysler Merger (Carolina Academic Press, forthcoming) (with Alex Long).
  • Corporate Law and the Multinational Corporation, in Making the Pieces Fit: An Analysis of the Daimler-Chrysler Merger (Carolina Academic Press, forthcoming) (with Christyne Vachon).

Articles & Other Works

  • A Primer on Professionalism for Doctrinal Professors, 81 Tenn. L. Rev. 279 (2014).
  • Technology’s Triple Threat to the Attorney-Client Privilege, 2013 J. Prof. Law. 171 (2013).
  • Injecting Law Student Drama Into the Classroom: Transforming an E-Discovery Class (or Any Law School Class) with a Complex, Student-Generated Simulation, 12 Nev. L. J. 130 (2011).
  • Transactional Lawyers and Inadvertent Disclosure, 13 Transactions: The Tenn. J. Bus. Law 107 (2011).
  • Harming Business Clients with Zealous Advocacy: Rethinking the Attorney Advisor’s Touchstone, 38 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 251 (2011).
  • The Future of Inadvertent Disclosure: The Lingering Need to Revise Professional Conduct Rules, 69 Md. L. Rev. 109 (2010).
  • Protecting a Business Entity Client from Itself through Loyal Disclosure, 118 Yale L.J. Pocket Part 152 (2009).
  • Business Litigation in the Electronic Age: Recognizing and Addressing the Hazards of Privilege Disclosure Orders, 22 Midwest Law J. 61 (2008).
  • Overcoming Noneconomic Barriers to Loyal Disclosure, 44 Am. Bus. L. J. 417 (2007).