Wendy Scott

Former Mississippi College law dean to join law faculty

RALEIGH – Wendy B. Scott, former dean and current professor of law at Mississippi College, will join the Campbell Law faculty as a distinguished visiting professor for the fall 2017 academic semester. Scott will teach two sections of Civil Procedure I and a seminar on Native American Law.

“I am elated that one of the foremost legal scholars in the nation has accepted my invitation to visit this fall as a distinguished visiting professor,” said Leonard.

Scott served as the eighth dean of Mississippi College School of Law from 2014-16, standing as the first African-American to hold that role. As dean, MC Law steadied its enrollment, grew its first year class, and increased development efforts, including the creation of new scholarship offerings. She was extremely active in the metro Jackson civic and professional communities, strengthening the law school’s reputation.

“I was so delighted when Dean Leonard invited me to visit Campbell Law School this fall,” said Scott. “Campbell Law enjoys a strong reputation as an academic institution. Like Mississippi College Law School, Campbell Law is also a religiously affiliated law school. I know this will be a great semester for me.”

Prior to MC Law, Scott was a faculty member at North Carolina Central University School of Law for eight years, also serving the institution as an associate dean for academic affairs. Before joining N.C. Central, she taught at Tulane University Law School for 17 years, where she also held the title of vice dean for academic affairs. A thought leader with scholarship on school desegregation and constitutional theory, her work has been widely cited.

Before entering academia, Scott practiced employment law as a staff attorney at the Legal Action Center of the City of New York, was an associate at Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard in New York City, and was associate counsel for the Center for Law and Social Justice in Brooklyn. A member of the New York Bar, she has been admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States.

Scott is a graduate of Harvard University and New York University School of Law.