College of Law

Doug Blaze

Art Stolnitz and Elvin E. Overton Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Institute for Professional Leadership

Phone: 865-974-6820


Office: Room 272


Areas of Expertise

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


BS, 1976, Dickinson College

JD, summa cum laude, 1984, Georgetown University Law Center


Doug Blaze has served on the college’s faculty since 1993, when he joined as the director of clinical programs. He served as dean of the College of Law from 2008 to 2015, when he returned to teaching full-time and to serve 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 for Academic Affairs.

Before coming to UT, 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 commercial and tort litigation.

Blaze is active on various legal education and bar committees, including the ABA Council on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar Standards Review Committee, AALS Membership Review Committee, and the TBA Evolving Legal Markets Committee.  He was appointed as an inaugral member of the Tennessee Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission in 2009, and served as as chair from 2014 to 2016.

Blaze is co-author of 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, the University of Tennessee, and the College of William and Mary.

He has received numerous honors and awards, including UT’s prestigious Thomas Jefferson Prize. He recently received the Harold Love Oustanding 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 out in the mountains hiking. 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.