JACKSON — Professor Wendy Scott is the new dean of Mississippi College School of Law (MC Law), effective August 11, 2014.
A graduate of Harvard University and New York University School of Law, Scott will make history as the first African-American to serve as dean at the Mississippi College School of Law.
Scott becomes the eighth law dean at MC Law, which became part of the Christian university in 1975. Mary Libby Payne broke ground as the first woman to lead the law school, with Scott now the second woman to hold that distinction.
Scott will succeed Dean Jim Rosenblatt, who helped build the regional and national reputation of the law school in Jackson over the past 11 years. Rosenblatt will become a full-time professor at the private law school in August.
Scott has taught at the North Carolina Central School of Law since 2006, where she served as associate dean for academic affairs from 2009 to 2012. She previously taught at Tulane Law School in New Orleans for 17 years and served as vice dean for academic affairs. While teaching at Tulane, Scott was active in community service — from the Christian Bible Fellowship Ministries to the New Orleans Human Relations Commission.
MC President Dr. Lee Royce commended the career accomplishments of Scott, who has taught constitutional law, civil procedure, evidence, Native American law and women and the law. Her scholarship has focused on constitutional theory and school desegregation. Her work on the desegregation of public colleges and universities has been widely cited. She is also active in the Association of American Law Schools.
Early in her career, Scott did employment law as a staff attorney at the Legal Action Center of the City of New York, worked as an associate at Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard in New York City and directed litigation as the associate counsel for the Center for Law and Social Justice, a community law office in Brooklyn, New York. She has been an adjunct professor at Hunter College, Brooklyn Law School, and CUNY Law School.
“Professor Scott brings a lifetime of exceptional service to the position, having distinguished herself as a lawyer, teacher, legal scholar and administrator,” Royce said. “We are so pleased to have someone so well known and respected in the legal academy provide leadership for our law school.”
Scott has also faithfully served in a number of positions with Baptist institutions, alongside her husband Reverend Eddie Scott. The incoming MC Law dean and her husband are the parents of a 15-year-old son, Christian.
MC leaders began a national search for a new law dean after Rosenblatt announced he was ending his tenure as dean to join the faculty. During his tenure as dean, there has been more than $10 million of facility improvements to the vibrant Baptist-affiliated law school whose campus sits one block from the state Capitol and the Mississippi Supreme Court.
Rosenblatt said, “Professor Scott has the background and interest to tie MC Law’s legal education mission with community initiatives to promote social justice and to provide practical learning opportunities for its law students.”
“MC Law has what any dean would want.” said Scott. “MC Law has a talented faculty, exceptional students, a hard working staff, dedicated alumni, an attractive facility and a supportive university administration. I look forward to working with all of the constituents of the Law School to continue providing an excellent educational experience to our students and service to the people of Mississippi.”