Ellen 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. Prior to joining Belmont University College of Law, Professor Black practiced law for several years at the firm Chadbourne & Parke LLP in New York City. While at Chadbourne, she practiced in the areas of products liability and commercial litigation and served on the recruiting committee. Prior to practicing at Chadbourne, Professor Black worked as an associate at the firm Gholson, Hicks & Nichols in Columbus, Mississippi. She also taught as an adjunct instructor at Mississippi University for Women. Professor Black is a member of the New York, Tennessee, and Mississippi bars. She teaches Medical Malpractice, Products Liability and Family Law and serves as Director of the Externship Program. She is also the faculty sponsor for the Women’s Law Student Association.
Belmont University College of Law is provisionally accredited by the American Bar Association. Students at provisionally accredited law schools are given the same recognition as students at fully accredited law schools (ABA Standard 102, Interpretation 102-4). Upon the award of provisional accreditation, students enrolled in the institution and who subsequently graduate are deemed graduates of an ABA-accredited law school (ABA Standard 102, Interpretation 102-10). The earliest Belmont University College of Law may apply for ABA full accreditation is 2015.