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Ellen Black


Ellen A. Black is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Law.  Prior to joining the Belmont faculty, Dean Black was an associate at Chadbourne & Parke LLP in New York City where she practiced in the areas of products liability and commercial litigation. While at Chadbourne, she served on the recruiting committee and was actively engaged in pro bono projects, including counseling incarcerated women on their child visitation and custodial rights, representing a criminal defendant in a pro bono appeal, and assisting New York Interfaith Disaster Services on various legal issues.  Dean Black also attended and graduated from the International Association Defense Counsel Trial Academy.  Prior to practicing at Chadbourne, Dean Black worked as an associate at the firm Gholson, Hicks & Nichols in Columbus, Mississippi, where she focused on litigation involving medical malpractice, toxic tort, and construction cases. She also taught as an adjunct instructor at Mississippi University for Women.

Dean Black serves on the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services Board.  She is admitted to the New York, Tennessee, and Mississippi bars. She teaches Medical Malpractice, Products Liability and Family Law and serves as Director of the Field Placements Program.  She is also the faculty sponsor for the Women’s Law Student Association and the Family Law Society.

Dean Black earned her Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude from Mississippi University for Women and her Juris Doctor degree magna cum laude from Texas Tech University School of Law, where she held the position of articles editor on the Texas Tech Law Review. 

Areas of expertise: Food and drug law, family law, medical malpractice, products liability



Ellen A. Black, Obesity: The “Market” May Hold the Solution, 87 UMKC L. Rev. 269 (2019). | SSRN

Ellen A. Black, Buckle Up:  State Child Safety Restraint Laws Need to be Strengthened to Better Protect Children, 50 Akron L. Rev. 537 (2016). | SSRN

Ellen A. Black, State “Right to Try” Acts:  A Good Start, but a Federal Act Is Necessary, 45 S.W. L. Rev. 719 (2016). | SSRN

Ellen A. Black, Keep Out FDA: Food Manufacturers’ Ability to Effectively Self-Regulate Front-of-Package Food Labeling, 17 DePaul J. Health Care L. 1 (2015). | SSRN

Ellen A. Black, Menu Labeling: The Unintended Consequences to the Consumer, 69 Food & Drug L J. 531 (2014). | SSRN

Alberto R. Gonzales & Ellen A. Black, Domestic Violence Much Bigger Than NFL, The Hill, Sept. 24, 2014,

Ellen A. Black & Thomas E. Riley, Case Law Highlights Puffery as a Defense to Consumer Fraud Class Actions, LAW.COM (FEB. 21, 2008),

Ellen A. Black et al., Overview of Trademark Licensor Liability for Defective Products, BLOOMBERG L. REP. (2007).