Doug Blaze

Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus
Doug Blaze
Contact Information
Law 332
  • Access to Justice
  • Criminal Law
  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Procedural Law

Doug Blaze

Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus

Areas of Expertise

Access to Justice, Criminal Law, Leadership and Professional Development, Procedural Law


J.D., summa cum laude, 1984, Georgetown University Law Center
B.S., 1976, Dickinson College


Doug Blaze joined the faculty in 1993 as the director of clinical programs, served as dean of the College of Law from 2008 to 2015 and from 2020 to 2022, and served as director of the college’s Institute for Professional Leadership, which he co-founded. He has also served as director of the Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution and interim associate dean for academic affairs. He retired from full-time teaching in July 2022.

Before coming to UT, Blaze was a member of the law faculty at Arizona State University and helped establish a community-based legal service clinic. He also practiced with the firm of Fennemore Craig in Phoenix, where his practice involved commercial and tort litigation.

Blaze helped establish a new AALS Leadership Section, and is a past-chair of the section. Blaze has served on the ABA Council on Legal Education and the Bar Standards Review Committee, the AALS membership review committee, and the TBA evolving legal markets committee. He was appointed as an inaugural member of the Tennessee Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission in 2009, and served as chair from 2014 to 2016.

Blaze is co-author of Developing Professional Skills: Criminal Law, Tennessee Criminal Law: Cases and Materials and The Law of Negligence in Arizona. His work has been published in the law reviews of Arizona State University, Georgetown University, Santa Clara University, University of Mississippi, the University of Tennessee, and the College of William and Mary.

He has received numerous honors and awards, including UT’s Macebearer Award and the Thomas Jefferson Prize. He received the Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and the UT National Alumni Association Public Service Award. In 2013, Blaze received the Deborah Rhode Award from the Association of American Law Schools for his work in promoting pro bono and access to justice. He 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, he received the B. Riney Green Award in 2003.

As much as he loves teaching, Blaze would rather be hiking in the mountains. He hiked the entire Appalachian Trail when he was younger. Now he is slowly hiking it again in bits and pieces, usually with his family.