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John Anderson Honored as Distinguished Professor of the Year

Mississippi College School of Law professor John Anderson
Mississippi College School of Law professor John Anderson

John Anderson’s expertise stretches from constitutional law to international human rights. He’s just as knowledgeable teaching students about insider trading law, white collar crime and contracts.

A nationally recognized legal scholar, Anderson was recently honored as Mississippi College’s Distinguished Professor of the Year.

MC Law Dean Patricia Bennett and colleagues believe the prestigious award is well-deserved.

“When we consider a new hire, he’s the measuring stick,” said MC Law professor Matt Steffey. “I’m grateful to call him my friend. John is an unimpeachable choice as professor of the year.”

Hundreds of people were in attendance when the honor was announced at the MC Law Spring commencement on May 10.

Anderson joined the graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2019 at First Baptist Church Jackson. The professor says he’s very grateful to receive the award. “I feel blessed every day I go to work and teach these wonderful students.”

Anderson has written articles in leading USA publications in the legal profession such as “Law & Philosophy,” the “Virginia Law & Business Review” and the “Temple Law Review.” He recently published a book with Cambridge University Press titled “Insider Trading: Law Ethics and Reform.” In the book, he advocates proposals for much-needed reform.

Steffey describes Anderson as “an innovative and beloved teacher,” a devoted colleague who inspires others year-round.

Professor Anderson earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy at the University of California at Berkeley. He received a masters and doctorate in the field at the University of Virginia. He’s a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law.

Anderson presented an academic paper at the annual meeting of the American Association of Law Schools in San Diego, California in January 2018. The paper was titled “Vagueness in the Definition of Insider Trading Fraud and the Myth of Market Confidence.”

MC Law Dean Emeritus Jim Rosenblatt says Anderson is well-respected by students and colleagues alike.

Anderson “is consistently recognized by student voting as an outstanding and effective law professor,” Rosenblatt said. “His students learn the material and understand how the law applies in practice.”

The Mississippian “exemplifies classroom teaching excellence,” adds Rosenblatt, a professor at MC Law on East Griffith Street, just blocks from the Mississippi Capitol.

John Anderson was first recognized as the Professor of the Year at MC Law in 2018-19 prior to the announcement for the Christian university’s campuses in Clinton and Jackson.

Away from MC Law, Anderson remains active in Mission Mississippi. For more than 25 years, the Jackson-based organization seeks to build relationships across racial lines to improve their communities.