Director of Experiential Learning and Associate Professor of Law
About Professor Schaffzin
Daniel M. Schaffzin is an Associate Professor of Law and the Director of Experiential Learning at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. Professor Schaffzin directs and teaches the University of Memphis Neighborhood Preservation Clinic, through which faculty and law student attorneys represent the City of Memphis in Shelby County Environmental Court lawsuits seeking to abate the nuisance condition of badly neglected, vacant and abandoned properties. In connection with his Clinic casework, Professor Schaffzin holds an appointment as a Senior Assistant City Attorney for Neighborhood Preservation. Professor Schaffzin also teaches Civil Procedure I and II, and directs and teaches Memphis Law's Externship Program.
Professor Schaffzin joined the Memphis Law faculty in 2009 and has led the development of the Law School's Clinic and Externship courses since 2011. In addition to his current courses, Professor Schaffzin has developed the Medical-Legal Partnership Clinic, a course in which law students represent low-income pediatric patients at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital and their families in a wide range of matters affecting their health, including landlord-tenant and other housing-related disputes, and the Housing Adjudication Clinic, a course in which law students serve as hearing officers for administrative appeals involving participants in the Memphis Housing Authority's Housing Choice Voucher Program. Professor Schaffzin has also developed the Mediation Clinic and the Children's Defense Clinic, as well as the Advanced Criminal Prosecution and Divorce Law Practicum simulation courses.
Professor Schaffzin is also a leader in the national clinical teaching community. Presently, he serves as the co-immediate past president of the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA), the largest association of law professors in the country with more than 1300 members. He served as CLEA's co-president in 2019 and as CLEA's co-vice-president and president-elect in 2018. In December 2018, Professor Schaffzin completed a two-year term as a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law School's (AALS) Clinical Section. Over the course of the last decade, Professor Schaffzin has chaired or served on numerous CLEA and AALS committees, as well as the planning committees for the annual AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education, the biennial Externships Conference, the Southern Clinical Conference, and both the CLEA and AALS New Clinicians Conferences. He is a regular conference presenter on topics relating to clinical teaching and pedagogy.
Professor Schaffzin's scholarship has focused on strategies for addressing distressed properties and on clinical pedagogy. Recently, Professor Schaffzin published (B)light at the End of the Tunnel? How a City's Need to Fight Vacant and Abandoned Properties Gave Rise to a Law School Clinic Like No Other, 52 Wash. U. J. L. & Pol'y 115 (2016), and Ten Years of Fighting Blighted Properties in Memphis: How Innovative Litigation Inspired Systems Change and a Local Culture of Collaboration to Resolve Vacant and Abandoned Properties, 25 J. Affordable Housing & Commun. Dev. L. 347 (2017) (with S. Barlow and B. Williams). He has also published articles in the Clinical Law Review, the Elon Law Review, and the Charleston Law Review. Professor Schaffzin co-authored the Delivering Effective Education in Externship Programs chapter in the 2015 book BUILDING ON BEST PRACTICES: TRANSFORMING LEGAL EDUCATION IN A CHANGING WORLD.
Professor Schaffzin earned his Bachelor of Arts degree (magna cum laude) from Temple University (magna cum laude) and his law degree (cum laude) from Temple University School of Law. Following law school, Professor Schaffzin worked for five years as an associate at Pepper Hamilton LLP in Philadelphia, practicing in the firm's Health Effects Litigation Practice Group. At Pepper, 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 issues.
Prior to joining the Memphis Law 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.
J.D. Temple University, 2000 (cum laude); B.A., Temple University, Journalism (magna cum laude), 1996.
Tennessee, Pennsylvania (inactive), New Jersey (retired), North Dakota (inactive).
Associate Professor of Law and Director of Experiential Learning, University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law (September 2017-Present); Assistant Professor of Law and Director of Experiential Learning, University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law (January 2011-August 2017); 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 LLP (2000-2005).
Current Courses: Neighborhood Preservation Clinic, Civil Procedure I and II, Advanced Criminal Prosecution (Intersession Course)
Other Courses Taught: Civil Litigation Clinic, Housing Adjudication Clinic, Trial Advocacy, Contracts I and II
Ten Years of Fighting Blighted Property in Memphis: How Innovative Litigation Inspired Systems Change and a Local Culture of Collaboration to Resolve Vacant and Abandoned Properties, 25 J. AFFORDABLE HOUSING & COMMUN. DEV. L. 347 (2017) (with S. Barlow and B. Williams).
(B)light at the End of the Tunnel? How a City's Need to Fight Vacant and Abandoned Properties Gave Rise to a Law School Clinic Like No Other, 52 WASH. U. J. L. & POL'Y 115 (2016).
Fostering a Culture of Solutions: An Introduction to the Urban Revitalization Symposium Issue, 46 U. MEM. L. REV. 793 (2016) (by invitation).
Delivering Effective Education in Externship Programs in BUILDING ON BEST PRACTICES: TRANSFORMING LEGAL EDUCATION IN A CHANGING WORLD (Carolina Press 2015) (with C. Kaas, C. Batt, D. Baumann).
So Why Not an Experiential Law School . . . Starting With Reflection in the First Year?, 7 ELON L. REV. 383 (March 2015) (by invitation).
Teamwork: Doctors and Lawyers Working Together Could Be Cure for Many, 51 TENN. B. J. 12 (Jan. 2015) (with E. Lay, C. McDaniel, L. Mutrie, A. Seamon, L. Seely, E. Todaro).
Warning! Lawyer Advertising May Be Hazardous to Your Health: A Call to Limit Commercial Solicitation of Clients in Pharmaceutical Litigation, 8 CHARLESTON L. REV. 319 (Winter 2013- 14) (by invitation), reprinted in 63 DEFENSE L. J. 3 (2014).
Preaching to the Trier: Why Judicial Understanding of Law School Clinics is Essential to Continued Progress in Legal Education, 17 CLINICAL L. REV. 515 (2011) (with M. Jackson).
Landlord Weapon or Tenant Shield? A Proposal to Reform North Dakota's Residential Security Deposit Statute, 85 N.D. L. REV. 251 (2009) (Lead article).