Faculty Profiles

Lynn Zehrt

Lynn Ridgeway Zehrt

Assistant Professor of Law
B.A., University of South Carolina;
J.D., University of Alabama School of Law;
LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center

Phone: (615) 460-8266
Email: lynn.zehrt@belmont.edu


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. While earning her law degree, Professor Zehrt served as a Senior Editor on the Alabama Law Review, and interned both for the Honorable Harold See, Associate Justice on the Alabama Supreme Court, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Alabama.

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 Rose & White LLP (currently known as Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP). While at Bradley Arant, 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. She has authored two law review articles, A Decade Later: Adarand and Croson and the Status of Minority Preferences in Government Contracting, 21 Nat’l Black L.J. 1 (2009), and Retaliation’s Changing Landscape, 20 Geo. Mason U. Civ. Rts.L.J. 143 (2010).  Prior to joining Belmont University College of Law, Professor Zehrt taught Appellate Advocacy for three years at George Mason University School of Law.

Civil Procedure
Employment Law
Professional Responsibility


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