“What I enjoy most about serving as dean of MC Law is the vibrancy and variety here at the law school. Student interaction energizes me, the talent of our professors impresses me, the dedication of our administration and staff motivates me, and the support of our graduates, our parent university, and the legal community humbles me. The opportunity to be a part of a dynamic law school that is on the move is a source of immense professional satisfaction and makes every day a joy.”
Dean Jim Rosenblatt
Meet the Dean
Dean Jim Rosenblatt was born in Natchez, Mississippi, and raised on a farm in rural Wilkinson County near the Mississippi River by parents who stressed hard work and education as the keys to success.
Dean Rosenblatt is a cum laude graduate of Vanderbilt University, where he was selected for Omicron Delta Kappa and served as president of his senior class. He studied law at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where he was active on moot court, served as a research assistant, and was commissioned in the Army following completion of the ROTC program.
Dean Rosenblatt entered service with The Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) following his admission to the New York Bar and graduated with honors from the JAG Basic Course at Charlottesville, Virginia. Following an assignment at Fort Monroe, Virginia, he graduated with honors from the JAG Advanced Course at Charlottesville, Virginia, and remained at The Judge Advocate General’s School to teach government contracts, fiscal law, and communications at the post-graduate level.
His next assignment was to the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., in personnel duties. Subsequent leadership assignments included Deputy Staff Judge Advocate (25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii), Staff Judge Advocate (32nd Army Air Defense Command, Darmstadt, Germany), Staff Judge Advocate (Engineer Center, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri), Commander (U.S. Army Claims Service, Fort Meade, Maryland), and Staff Judge Advocate (U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Monroe, Virginia). Retired from service in 2003 as a Colonel with 30-plus years of service, Dean Rosenblatt holds the Distinguished Service Medal and three awards of the Legion of Merit.
Dean Rosenblatt is a member of the bar in the states of New York and Missouri; has been admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, military courts, and the state courts of Missouri and New York; and is a member of the American Bar Association, the Fifth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits, the Capital Area Bar Association, and the Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit, and is a lifetime member of the American Board of Trial Advocates Foundation. He was appointed by the Mississippi Supreme Court to serve on the Access to Justice Commission, is active in the Downtown Jackson Rotary Club, and is the president of the Charles Clark Inn of Court and the Mississippi Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He received the Cheif Justice's Award in 2005 and 2011.
Rosenblatt was named dean of the Mississippi College School of Law in August 2003. He lives in Ridgeland, Mississippi, with his wife Lauren VanBuskirk Rosenblatt, a former French teacher. The Rosenblatts have four adult sons—Frank (an Army Major with The JAG Corps at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas), John (Madison, Mississippi), Drew (Richmond, Virginia), and Paul (a graduate of MC Law).
Recent publications by Dean Jim Rosenblatt include:
“Lessons Learned by a New Dean” 36 Univ of Toledo Law Review 151 (Fall 2004)
“Law School Faculty as Mentors” The Bencher (American Inns of Court) p 10, (Jan/Feb 2006)
"Advancing Professionalism During Law School" The Mississippi Lawyer, Jul/Aug/Sep 2007
"The Tenure of a Law School Dean: It's Not How Long You Make It - It's How You Make It Long" 42 Univ. of Toledo Law Review 667 (Summer 2011)
"Pardon Me - The Need for a Fair and Impartial Judiciary" The Bencher - July/August 2012