Paula  Schaefer

Paula Schaefer
  • Associate Professor of Law

  • B.A. and J.D., University of Missouri-Columbia

  • Location: Room 349
  • Phone Number: 865-974-6793
  • Email: paula.schaefer@tennessee.edu
  • Courses Taught: Business Associations, Civil Procedure, E-Discovery, Legal Profession, Pre-Trial Litigation
  • Additional Information: Curriculum Vitae (pdf), SSRN

Biography

Publications of Paula  Schaefer

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, E-Discovery, 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, 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 E-Discovery classes. She collaborates with Iris Data Services to provide students with a realistic experience using current technology in e-discovery.

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.

Publications

Biography of Paula  Schaefer

 Book and Book Chapters

Developing Professional Skills: Civil Procedure (West Academic Publishing 2013).

Integrating Professionalism Into Doctrinal Classes, in Building on Best Practices: Legal Education in a Changing World (working title; forthcoming 2015).

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).

Law Review Articles and Essays

A Primer on Professionalism for Doctrinal Professors, __ Tenn. L. Rev.  __ (forthcoming 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).

Overcoming Noneconomic Barriers to Loyal Disclosure, 44 Am. Bus. L. J. 417 (2007).

Refereed Business Law Journal Articles

Business Litigation in the Electronic Age: Recognizing and Addressing the Hazards of Privilege Disclosure Orders, Midwest Law J. 61 (2008).

Overcoming Noneconomic Barriers to Loyal Disclosure, 44 Am. Bus. L. J. 417 (2007).

The Fiduciary’s Duty to Make “Permissive” Disclosure of Confidential Client Information to Protect the Organizational Client, Ethics & Critical Thinking Quarterly Journal, Vol. 2005, Issue 2, 68 (2005).

Refereed Conference Proceedings

Fraud as a Theme for Teaching Business Law, Midwest Acad. Leg. Stud. in Bus. Proc. (2008).

Using Case Law to Teach Business Ethics: How Studying the “Ethical Minimum” Can Help Students Develop Ethical (and Legal) Decision Making Skills, Midwest Acad. Leg. Stud. in Bus. Proc. 106 (2007)

The Negative Implications of Inconsistent Confidentiality Rules Among the States in 2006: An Argument for the Uniform Adoption of the 2003 Amendments to Model Rules 1.6 and 1.13, Midwest Acad. Leg. Stud. in Bus. Proc. 1 (2006)

Confidentiality and In-House Counsel’s Cause of Action for Retaliatory Discharge, 34 Acad. Leg. Stud. in  Bus. Nat’l Proc. (2005).

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