Areas of ExpertiseCivil Procedure, Complex Litigation, Contract Law, Fiduciary Duty, Legal Education, Legal Ethics, Legal Malpractice, Legal Profession, Litigation, Procedural Law, Technology
BA magna cum laude, 1993, University of Missouri
JD, 1996, University of Missouri School of Law
Paula Schaefer is a Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee College of Law. She teaches Professional Responsibility, Civil Procedure, Ediscovery, Pre-Trial Litigation, and Behavioral Legal Ethics. As a lawyer, she practiced in the area of business litigation.
Schaefer’s scholarship considers issues of attorney fiduciary duty and professional conduct obligations. Her articles have been published in Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, Maryland Law Review, Florida State University Law Review, and others. She is the author Developing Professional Skills: Civil Procedure, the co-author of Developing Professional Skills: Professional Responsibility, and the co-author of Professional Responsibility in the Life of the Lawyer.
She is interested in developing innovative teaching methods to prepare students for practice. She has developed a simulation that generates thousands of documents that her students use to conduct ediscovery in her Pre-Trial Litigation and Ediscovery classes.