Deborah Challener

Professor of Law


Professor Deborah Challener joined the faculty in 2003. Professor Challener’s scholarship focuses on Civil Procedure, with an emphasis on the removal of cases from state to federal court and the myriad issues that arise therefrom. Professor Challener has been published in Temple Law Review and Rutgers Law Journal, among others. Her most recent article addresses the ability of defendants in pending cases to raise lack of personal jurisdiction as a defense after the Supreme Court’s decision in Daimler AG v. Bauman. Professor Challener also chairs the law school’s Academic Program Committee, which makes recommendations to the faculty regarding academic policies. Professor Challener teaches Civil Procedure I and II, Conflict of Laws, Federal Courts, Complex Litigation, and Removal Jurisdiction, an Intersession course. She was won numerous teaching awards.


  • J.D. University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, TN 1998
  • Editor in Chief Tennessee Law Review 1997-1998
  • Best Note Award Judge Harry W. Laughlin, Jr. 1997
  • M.P.P. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 1995
  • B.A., English, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH, 1990

Areas of Expertise

  •  Civil Procedure
  •  Conflict of Laws
  •  Federal Courts