Courses: Civil Litigation Clinic, Housing Adjudication Clinic, Externship Seminar, Trial Advocacy,
Education: J.D. Temple University, 2000 (cum laude); B.A., Temple University, Journalism (magna cum laude), 1996.
Experience: Assistant Professor of Law and Director of Experiential Learning, University of Memphis
Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law (January 2011-Present); Visiting Assistant Professor
of Law, University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law (August 2009-December
2010); Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, University of North Dakota School of Law
(August 2007-May 2009); Counsel, GlaxoSmithKline (2005-2007); Associate, Pepper Hamilton
Bar Admissions: Tennessee, Pennsylvania (inactive), New Jersey (retired), North Dakota (inactive).
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Biography: Now in his fifth year at The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of
Law, Professor Schaffzin is an Assistant Professor of Law and the Director of Experiential
Learning. Professor Schaffzin teaches the Civil Litigation Clinic, the Housing Adjudication
Clinic, the Externship Seminar, and Trial Advocacy. He has also taught Contracts
I and II. Since arriving at the law school, Professor Schaffzin has served as the
coach of the National Trial Team. In 2013, the Trial Team won its regional championship
and finished as National Semifinalists (final four out of 320 teams) in the prestigious
National Trial Competition.
Prior to joining the law school faculty, Professor Schaffzin was a Visiting Assistant
Professor of Law at the University of North Dakota School of Law, instructing the
school’s Housing and Employment Litigation Clinic. While at the University of North
Dakota Law School, he also coached the school’s National Trial Team. In both 2008
and 2009, the UND team won its Regional Championship and advanced to the National
Final rounds of the National Trial Competition.
Professor Schaffzin began his career at Pepper Hamilton LLP in Philadelphia. At Pepper,
he worked for five years as an associate in the firm’s Health Effects Litigation Practice
Group and focused his practice on pharmaceutical and medical device products liability
litigation. Professor Schaffzin also maintained an active pro bono practice, including
work on a successful death penalty appeal under the Pennsylvania Post-Conviction Relief
Act. He received the Pennsylvania Bar Association Pro Bono Award in 2005.
In 2005, Professor Schaffzin joined GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) as Counsel in the pharmaceutical
company’s U.S. Legal Operations group. At GSK, Professor Schaffzin served on the
Sales, Marketing, and Managed Care Legal Team, providing guidance to the company’s
diabetes franchise and pediatric vaccines product teams, as well as to several sales
regions, concerning product promotion, fraud and abuse, and general regulatory compliance
Before starting his legal career, Professor Schaffzin served as a public affairs officer
at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, D.C.
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