Texas Tech University

Stephen Black

Professor of Law

Email: stephen.black@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-1604

Prior to moving to Texas, Professor Black taught at Brigham Young University, LSU, Syracuse University, the University of Idaho, and the University of Washington Foster School of Business. His primary areas of speaking, teaching and research involve cyberlaw, entrepreneurship, and tax issues (including international and IP taxation).

Before he began teaching, Professor Black was a principal shareholder in a tax boutique, where he was involved in domestic and international tax planning, and represented individuals and businesses before the Internal Revenue Service and state tax agencies. He is a frequent speaker in the U.S. and abroad on topics involving the intersection of cyberlaw, intellectual property, business, and taxation.

Professor Black has been cited in Forbes, and his articles have been published in the Washburn Law Review, the Seattle University Law Review, the Akron Law Review, the Georgia State University Law Review, Hofstra Law Review, the National Law Journal, the William Mitchell Law Review, the BYU Journal of Public Law, and Tax Notes, among others, and he is one of the authors of the treatise, Family Law in Utah.

Professor Black received a B.S. from Brigham Young University, a J.D. from the J. Reuben Clark Law School, and an LL.M in Taxation from the University of Washington. He was named a Visiting Scholar at the National University of Singapore, Division of Engineering & Technology Management, and has been involved with the boards of several professional and nonprofit organizations.

He began coding at age 12 (does anyone remember Pascal?), works with students on entrepreneurship technology, loves the bass and tenor ukulele, and is drawn to all things involving wind and water (including kiting and sailing).

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  • B.S., Brigham Young University
  • J.D., Brigham Young University
  • LL.M., University of Washington


  • Income Taxation
  • Technology Transfer Taxation
  • Wills and Trusts
  • Transactional Practice (experiential simulation)
  • Energy Law

Recent Publications

Do You Want Innovation and Jobs? Repeal Section 511, 57 Washburn Law Review 431 (2018). 

The Copyright Box Model, 41 Seattle University Law Review 179 (2017). 

The Same Sex Marriage Tax Shelter: What's Love Got to Do with It? 48 Akron L. Rev. 605 (2015).

Hacking Contracts - Lean Drafting for Entrepreneurship, 15 Tenn. J. Bus. L. 739 (2014).

“Psst! Wanna Buy a Bridge?” Transfers of Non-existent IP, 31 Georgia State Univ. L. Rev. 523 (2014).

Capital Gains Jabberwocky: Capital Gains, Intangible Property and Tax, 41 Hofstra Law Review 359 (2012).

Complete List

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Recent Presentations

Latest Hacking News Podcast #241: Cyber Law with Steve Black, Professor of Law (March 18, 2019) https://latesthackingnews.com/2019/03/18/latest-hacking-news-podcast-241/

Cyberlaw and Liability, Texas Tech University Office of the CIO Security Meeting (December 13, 2018).

Cyberlaw: Year in Review, Tech Day (October 25, 2018).

Cybersecurity and the Law, Texas Tech University – Costa Rica (May 16 and 17, 2018).

Cyberlaw: Year in Review, ShmooCon (January 20, 2018).