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Dean Jim Rosenblatt Receives Chief Justice Award

Mississippi College School of Law Dean Jim Rosenblatt’s newest honor is the 2011 Chief Justice Award.


Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller, Jr. announced the award for Rosenblatt at the Mississippi Bar convention in Sandestin, Florida on July 16.


The award salutes individuals who have worked hard to improve the judicial system. Waller praised Rosenblatt for his “visionary leadership in legal education, community service and support of the judicial system.”


The Supreme Court chief justice said he appreciates “Dean Rosenblatt’s energy, innovation as a legal scholar, his passion for community service and his unwavering support of the Mississippi judicial system.”


At MC Law, Rosenblatt has pressed for an internet accessible archive of Mississippi Appellate Court oral arguments and briefs. At the downtown Jackson law school, the Mississippians has been a big supporter of the Mission First initiative that adds legal services to the dental and medical services going to needy residents in the Jackson area.


Rosenblatt has served as dean of the MC School of Law since 2003 following 30 years of distinguished service with the U.S. Army. A native of Natchez, Rosenblatt is a cum laude graduate of Vanderbilt University and received his law degree at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York where he was active in moot court and was commissioned in the Army following completion of the ROTC program.


Retiring from the U.S. Army in 2003, Rosenblatt holds the Distinguished Service Medal and three awards of the Legion of Merit.


Receiving the Chief Justice Award and the recognition it brings is something that Dean Rosenblatt will always treasure. “We are blessed to be part of a very special and generous legal community,” the law dean said in a news release from the Mississippi Supreme Court.


Rosenblatt lives in Ridgeland with his wife Lauren VanBuskirk Rosenblatt, a former French teacher. The Rosenblatts have four adult sons Frank (an Army Major with The JAG Corps in Charlottesville, Va., John of Madison, Mississippi, Drew of Roanoke, Virginia, and Paul, a student at the MC School of Law).


Born in Natchez, but raised on a farm in rural Wilkinson County near the Mississippi River, Rosenblatt says he was raised by parents who stressed hard work and education as the keys to success.


Dean Rosenblatt is a member of the bar of the states of New York and Missouri, and has been admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and military courts, among others. He was appointed by the Mississippi Supreme Court to serve on the Access to Justice Commission.


 “The opportunity to be part of a dynamic law school that is on the move is a source of immense professional satisfaction and makes every day a joy,” Rosenblatt said.