Colin Black

Assistant Professor of Legal Writing

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Professor Black graduated, cum laude, from Suffolk University Law School and received his BA, cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. As a law student, Professor Black served as Vice President of the Moot Court Honor Board and the Journal of Trial & Appellate Advocacy.  He was also a member of the National Trial Team and National Moot Court Team. Prior to law school, Professor Black served as an Intelligence Analyst for the United States Air Force.

Before joining the faculty at Suffolk Law School, Professor Black clerked for the Honorable James F. McHugh, III of the Massachusetts Appeals Court. Professor Black acquired significant trial and appellate experience as an associate in the litigation departments of Sullivan & Worcester LLP and Drohan Tocchio & Morgan, P.C. Thereafter, Professor Black was appointed as a Partner and Director of Professional Development at Donovan Hatem LLP.


  • BA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • JD, Suffolk University Law School


  • The Importance of Goal Setting, Legal Writing Matters Blog (October 3, 2019)
  • Legal Writing Pet Peeves - From the Trenches, Legal Writing Matters Blog (November 5, 2018)
  • Supreme Court Rules Valid Contractual Limitations Period, Design and Construction Management Professional Reporter (2013).
  • Appellate Court Upholds Contractual Provisions Establishing Date of Accrual for Cause of Action, Design and Construction Management Professional Reporter, November-December (2003).
  • “Shooting an Elephant” – Massachusetts Maintains Reasonable Suspicion: Protecting Individual Privacy During Traffic Stops and Battling Racial Profiling, Suff. J. of Trial & App. Advoc. (2001). 
  • Using Gratitude and Reflection in a First Year Writing Course, Integrating Positive Psychology into Legal Education, June 2019, Suffolk University Law School
  • Success Planning, Wellness Wednesday, October 30, 2019, Suffolk University Law School

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  • MA
  • United States District Court, MA
  • United States Appeals Court, 1st Cir.
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