Martha S. L. Black (Retired)
A native of Maryville, Marty Black graduated cum laude from Mount Holyoke College in 1967. In 1973, she graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law where she was first in her class, a member of Order of the Coif, a member of the Tennessee Law Review, and Graduate of the Year. From 1973 to 1981, she was a full-time professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law, being an Assistant Professor from 1973 to 1976 and a tenured Associate Professor from 1976 to 1981. She joined Kizer and Black Attorneys in 1981 and has since then practiced there in the areas of Business Entities, Estate Planning, Estate Administration, and Elder Law.
From 1990 to 1992, she served on the Tennessee Supreme Court Commission to study the Appellate Courts, and from 1993 to 1996 she served on the Tennessee Supreme Court Commission on the Future of the Tennessee Judicial System. She was a member of the Tennessee Bar Association Commission on Legal Education and is a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation. In 1996, she was appointed a member of a Special Tennessee Supreme Court to hear a challenge to the validity of the election of the Court. From 1997-2003, she served as a Hearing Committee member for the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility. She has an AV Martindale-Hubbell rating.
In 1985, Marty received the Knox County Bar Association Law and Liberty Award and she received the American Bar Association Small Firm Merit Award in 2001. She is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and is a member of the American Bar Association and the Tennessee Bar Association and has served as President of the Blount County Bar Association.
Marty has also been active in the Blount County community having organized the Blount County Foster Care Review Board and served as its Chairperson; having served as a Director and President of the Blount County Childrens’ Home; having served as a Director of the Blount County Historic Trust; having provided the legal organization for the Foothills Land Conservancy and having served as a Director; and having served on the Maryville College Advisory Council, the Blount County Constitutional Bi-Centennial Committee, and the Alcoa Scholarship Selection Committee. In addition, Marty served as a Director of the Blount County Public Library from 1992-2002, and in 1998 organized the Foundation for the Blount County Public Library and served as a Director for its initial four years. In 2012, she was awarded the Champion of the Blount County Public Library Award. She has been a frequent speaker on Elder Law and Estate Planning topics.