Born and raised in Texas, Professor Black has taught Legal Skills for over 20 years, variously at University of San Diego, California Western, Roger Williams School of Law, and now again at California Western. In 2015, she became Faculty Director of the LLM/MCL Program for International Lawyers. Since then, she has taught Legal Skills and Introduction to U.S. Law to students from more than 20 countries.
A double University of Texas graduate (B.S. In Communications, 1982; J.D. 1985), Professor Black initially practiced law in Dallas, Texas, first as a business litigation attorney and later as an enforcement attorney with the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region VI.
Characterizing Texas as a “great place to be from,” Professor Black “packed up the truck” and moved to San Diego in 1987. When not teaching law, she dedicates time to counseling victims of wildfire (having survived one herself); serving on two advisory boards for the UCSD School of Medicine; organizing and administering her religious congregation; traveling and meeting people in many parts of the world; and following her passion for international soccer.
For several years Professor Black tutored aspiring lawyers taking the Bar Exam; she helped create the CWSL Bar Exam preparation class, and she taught in academic support classes.