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Lynn Zehrt


Professor Zehrt received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Carolina, graduating magna cum laude, and her Juris Doctorate from The University of Alabama School of Law, also graduating magna cum laude.

After graduation, Professor Zehrt served as a law clerk to both the Honorable Ira DeMent of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, and the Honorable C. Lynwood Smith, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. Upon completion of her clerkships, Professor Zehrt worked for seven years as an associate in the Huntsville, Alabama, office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP. While at Bradley, she practiced primarily in the employment and appellate litigation area. She also demonstrated her commitment to perform pro bono work by representing for numerous years the Downtown Rescue Mission of Huntsville and the Community Action Agency of North Alabama. She is a member of the Alabama and District of Columbia bars.

Professor Zehrt then received her Master of Laws degree from Georgetown University Law Center, graduating with Distinction and earning two Cali Excellence Awards for her studies in Disability Discrimination Law and Employment Discrimination, U.S. and International Perspectives. Prior to joining Belmont University College of Law, Professor Zehrt taught Appellate Advocacy for three years at George Mason University School of Law. At Belmont Law, Professor Zehrt teaches Civil Procedure
, Employment Discrimination, Employment Law, 
Evidence, and 
Professional Responsibility.

Areas of expertise: Employment law, professional responsibility  



Lynn Ridgeway Zehrt, Title IX and Title VII: Parallel Remedies in Combating Sex Discrimination in Educational Employment, 102 Marq. L. Rev. 701 (2019). | SSRN

Lynn Ridgeway Zehrt, A Special Delivery: Litigating Pregnancy Accommodation Claims After the Supreme Court's Decision in Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc., 68 Rutgers U. L. Rev. 683 (2016). | SSRN

Lynn Ridgeway Zehrt, Resolving the Great Divide in Pregnancy Discrimination, 14 Nash. B.J. 6 (July, 2014). | SSRN

Lynn Ridgeway Zehrt, Twenty Years of Compromise: How the Caps on Damages in the Civil Rights Act of 1991 Codified Sex Discrimination, 25 Yale J.L. & Feminism 249 (2014). | SSRN

  • Selected for reprint, Tracy A. Thomas, ed., Women and the Law (Thomson Reuters 2015).

  • Selected for reprint, Steven Saltzman, ed., Civil Rights Litigation and Attorney Fees Annual Handbook (Thomson Reuters 2015).

Lynn Ridgeway Zehrt, Retaliation’s Changing Landscape, 20 GEO. MASON U. CIV. RTS. L.J. 143 (2010). | SSRN

Lynn Ridgeway Zehrt, A Decade Later: Adarand and Croson and the Status of Minority Preferences in Government Contracting, 21 NAT’L BLACK L.J. 1 (2009). | SSRN