“When I started thinking becoming a dean, one of the first things I did was pray about it,” Wendy Scott says. “I was interested in a small law school in the South. In MC Law, I found a small, southern, caring institution. My prayers were answered in abundance.”
Dean Emeritus Jim Rosenblatt and Dean Wendy Scott
On August 11, 2014, Wendy B. Scott became the eighth dean of MC Law. Dean Scott brings a record of exceptional service to the law school, having distinguished herself as a lawyer, teacher, legal scholar, administrator, and community leader.
“Dean Wendy Scott will carry MC Law forward,” says Dean Emeritus Jim Rosenblatt. “She has incredible experience in legal education and is well known on the national legal scene. Dean Scott has the energy, wisdom, judgment, and background to be an effective leader.”
A graduate of Harvard University and New York University School of Law, Dean Scott taught at the North Carolina Central University School of Law for eight years, where she served as the associate dean for academic affairs. She previously taught at Tulane Law School for 17 years, where she also served as the vice dean for academic affairs. Dean Scott’s scholarship has focused on constitutional theory and school desegregation; her work on the desegregation of public colleges and universities has been widely cited.
Early in her career, Dean Scott served as a staff attorney for the Legal Action Center of the City of New York, worked as an associate for Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, and directed litigation as the associate counsel for the Center for Law and Social Justice in Brooklyn, New York. She is a member of the New York bar and has been admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court.
Dean Scott’s impressive background leaves her well-equipped to handle the challenges of leading MC Law.
“We face the same challenge every law school is facing right now – encouraging students to consider law as a career path,” Scott says. “I’m optimistic that we can compete in recruiting. MC Law is on the cutting edge in many of the areas in which we specialize, for example, intellectual property, healthcare, labor and employment, and international law. We’re able to offer students course work in growing areas.”
Dean Scott also plans to build on the law school’s culture of service, expanding opportunities for MC Law and its students to offer free or low-cost legal services to individuals who would otherwise have no access to the justice system.
“Service is especially important since we are a Christian law school,” Dean Scott says. “We want to train people to think differently, to take a fresh approach to problem solving, and to realize that as attorneys, we are committed to serve as guardians of the legal system. Through our legal clinics and curriculum, MC Law has an opportunity to be viewed as the provider of services and access to justice for the citizens of Jackson and of Mississippi. We are a private institution, but we have an obligation to serve our community.
“I’m excited about building on the foundation laid by my predecessor, Jim Rosenblatt,” Dean Scott continues. “I inherited a very good place.”