Telephone: (601) 925-7100

URL: http://www.law.mc.edu


ABA Approved Since 1980

Mississippi College School of Law is conveniently located in downtown Jackson, the state capital, and is within walking distance of the legislature, as well as all federal and state administrative agencies and courts. Jackson is the legal and commercial center of the state. The main campus of Mississippi College, the oldest institution of higher education in Mississippi, is located in Clinton, a suburb of Jackson.


In 2006, the Law School unveiled its newly-constructed campus. The campus includes a state-of-the-art classroom building, a student center and conference facility, and a renovated administration building. The law library has a collection of more than 314,000 volumes and offers computer labs with access to Westlaw and Lexis and several CD-ROM databases. It is a member of the American Association of Law Libraries, and it is a selective U.S. Government depository library.


Fully accredited by the American Bar Association and a member of the Association of American Law Schools, MCSOL is a smaller law school that encourages interaction between the student and the professor. The overall student body is approximately 500. The students represent more than twenty states and 63 undergraduate institutions.


The school’s faculty is diverse in both professional and educational backgrounds. Twenty-one full-time faculty members, several of whom have national reputations in their specialties, hold degrees from excellent law schools and have legal experience in either private practice or public service. Students are challenged, encouraged, and supported by educators who have a genuine interest in seeing them succeed in school and beyond.


Recognizing the law school’s responsibility to the legal community and the larger society, individuals on the faculty serve or have served in the following positions: United States Supreme Court Fellow; Guest Lecturer in the Harvard Trial Advocacy Program; National Panelist on the American Arbitration Association; Reporter, Mississippi Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules; Board of Directors, American Society of Comparative Law; Board of Editors, American Journal of Comparative Law; President, Hinds County Bar; Member, Mississippi Supreme Court Committee to Review Bar Admissions; Chair, Mississippi Supreme Court Subcommittee on Criminal Code Reform; Mississippi Outstanding Woman Lawyer of the Year; Hinds County Special Circuit Court Judge; Mississippi Ad Hoc Task Force on Gender in the Courts; Reporter, Commission on Courts in the Twenty-First Century; Chair, Mississippi Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules; Member, Mississippi Judicial Advisory Committee.


Faculty have served as visiting professors at the following law schools: Whittier College, Seattle University, University of Alabama, Catholic University, Notre Dame, Boston University, and Franklin Pierce.


MCSOL seeks to provide a superior legal education and create an environment that promotes intellectual and practical learning. Because of the location in a major legal center, the school is able to draw on leading practitioners and judges as adjunct professors and as supervisors of externship programs. The curriculum trains students to become skilled and ethical lawyers capable of adapting their practice to a changing legal world. To accomplish this, the school has looked to a liberal arts model in shaping the curriculum. The courses emphasize individual responsibility for learning, while providing every student instruction in the substantive and analytical skills necessary for successful practice. In addition to courses in legal doctrine, the school offers a wide range of instruction in the skills of modern practice. Since writing is viewed as the most fundamental of these skills, the teaching of writing is stressed at every stage of legal training. The school offers a robust public interest program and hosts a legal aid office where students work alongside volunteer attorneys.


The goals of the law school and the founding institution reflect the belief that human beings are God’s creations, equally entitled to dignity and respect. In every setting, MCSOL wants to train lawyers of high intellectual and practical ability, who are committed to ethical practice; to assisting the disadvantaged; and to free and open discussion of issues of law, policy and value.


Dean: James H. Rosenblatt (601) 925-7101

Associate Dean: Phillip L. McIntosh (601) 925-7102

Assistant Dean for Information, Technology & Legal Research:

Mary E. Miller (601) 925-7125

Assistant Dean of Admissions: Patricia H. Evans (601) 925-7150

Assistant Dean of Students: John Brown (601) 925-7108

Director of Administration & Finance: Emily P. Kennedy (601) 925-7103

Director of Alumni & Development: Thorne Butler (601) 925-7172

Director of Career Services: Debbie Foley (601) 925-7106

Director of Professional Development: Meta Copeland (601) 925-7192

Director of CLE and MLi Press: Tammy Upton (601) 925-7107

Director of Public Relations: Clara Stamps (601) 925-7148




JAMES HUFF ROSENBLATT, (Law Professor), born Natchez, Mississippi, July 8, 1947; admitted to bar, 1972, New York; 1993, Missouri. Education: Vanderbilt University (B.A., 1969); Cornell University (J.D., 1972). Email: jim.rosenblatt @ mc.edu


PATRICIA W. BENNETT, (Law Professor), born Mississippi, August 31, 1953; admitted to bar, 1979, Mississippi. Education: Tougaloo College (B.A., 1975); Mississippi College (J.D., 1979). COURSES:  Criminal Procedure, Federal Courts, Advocacy. Email: pbennett @ mc.edu


GREGORY WELLS BOWMAN, (Law Professor), born Landstuhl, Germany, April 6, 1967; admitted to bar, 1994, Illinois; 2000, District of Columbia. Education: West Virginia University (B.A., 1990); University of Exeter (M.A., 1992); Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., 1994). COURSES: International Trade, International Law, National Security Law, Contracts, Administrative Law. Email: bowman @ mc.edu


DEBORAH J. CHALLENER, (Law Professor), born Huntington, New York, November 14, 1968; admitted to bar, 2002, California. Education: Oberlin College (B.A., 1990); Vanderbilt University (M.P.P., 1995); University of Tennessee (J.D., 1998). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Conflicts of Law, Federal Courts.


JAMES GORDON CHRISTY, (Law Professor), born Lake Forest, Illinois, May 1, 1947; admitted to bar, 1975, Texas; 1993, Michigan. Education: North Texas University; University of Texas at Austin (B.A., 1969; J.D., 1975). COURSES: Contracts, Antitrust, Pensions and Benefits, Commercial Paper, Creditor’s Rights, Corporations. Email: christy @ mc.edu


CECILE CHAMPION EDWARDS, (Law Professor), born Pensacola, Florida, December 5, 1955; admitted to bar, 1979, Mississippi. Education: University of Mississippi (B.B.A., 1976; J.D., 1979); New York University (LL.M., 1980). COURSES: Business Associations, Securities Regulation, Professional Responsibility and Ethics Agency. Email: edwards @ mc.edu


N. SHELTON HAND, JR., (Law Professor), born Hattiesburg, Mississippi, August 24, 1940; admitted to bar, 1967, Mississippi. Education: Mississippi College (B.S., 1965); University of Mississippi (J.D., 1967). COURSES: Domestic Relations, Local Court Practice, Education Law, Juvenile Law, Commercial Paper. Email: hand @ mc.edu


CHRISTOPH HENKEL, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 2005, Michigan. Education: Lestlas-Liebig-University Giessen School of Law (J.D., 1991); University of Wisconsin (LL.M., 1995; S.J.D., 1999). COURSES: Commercial Law, Contracts, International Law, International Business Transactions and Arbitration, Law of the European Union, Corporation Law. Email: henkel @ mc.edu


H. LEE HETHERINGTON, (Law Professor), born Kankakee, Illinois, February 13, 1948; admitted to bar, 1973, Mississippi; 1975, New York. Education: Millsaps College (B.A., 1970); University of Mississippi (J.D., 1973); New York University (LL.M., 1976). COURSES: Torts, Intellectual Property, Negotiation, Remedies. Email: hetherin @ mc.edu


JEFFREY JACKSON, (Law Professor), born Carmichael, Pennsylvania, May 2, 1956; admitted to bar, 1983, West Virginia; 1986, Pennsylvania. Education: Haverford College (B.A., 1978); University of Pittsburgh (J.D., 1983). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Conflicts, Insurance, Ethics. Email: jjackson @ mc.edu


JUDITH JONES JOHNSON, (Law Professor), born Gonzales, Texas, July 30, 1948; admitted to bar, 1974, Mississippi. Education: University of Texas at Austin (B.A., 1969); University of Mississippi (J.D., 1974). COURSES: Labor, Employment Discrimination, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure. Email: jjohnson @ mc.edu


SHIRLEY NORWOOD JONES, (Law Professor), born Gulfport, Mississippi, August 16, 1930; admitted to bar, 1952, Mississippi. Education: Millsaps College (B.A., 1950); University of Mississippi (J.D., 1952).


SHIRLEY TERRY KENNEDY, (Law Professor), born Houston, Texas, November 9, 1952; admitted to bar, 1991, Mississippi. Education: University of Texas (B.F.A., 1975); Mississippi College (J.D., 1991). COURSES: Child Advocacy, Legal Writing. Email: skennedy @ mc.edu


GREGG WILLIAM KETTLES, (Law Professor), born Heraklion, Greece, April 7, 1966; admitted to bar, 1994, California. Education: Washington and Lee University (B.A., 1988); Yale Law School (J.D., 1991). COURSES: Contracts, Property, Environmental Land Use. Email: kettles @ mc.edu


ANGELA MAE KUPENDA, (Law Professor), born Jackson, Mississippi, September 13, 1965; admitted to bar, 1991, Mississippi; 1993, District of Columbia. Education: Jackson State University (B.S., 1979); The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (M.A., 1984); Mississippi College (J.D., 1991). COURSES: Constitutional Law, First Amendment, Civil Rights, Race and the Law. Email: akupenda @ mc.edu


JAMES LARRY LEE, (Law Professor), born Jackson, Mississippi, March 7, 1943; admitted to bar, 1967, Mississippi. Education: Mississippi State University; Mississippi College (B.S., 1965); University of Mississippi (J.D., 1967); New York University (LL.M. in Taxation, 1972). COURSES: Taxation. Email: llee @ mc.edu


CHRISTOPHER C. LUND, (Law Professor), born March 18, 1977; admitted to bar, 2005, Pennsylvania. Education: Rice University (B.A., 1999); University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 2002). COURSES: Contracts, Law and Religion, Evidence, Administrative Law.


MICHAEL MCCANN, (Law Professor), born Lawrence, Massachusetts, March 28, 1976; admitted to bar, 2002, Massachusetts. Education: Georgetown University (B.A., 1998); University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 2002); Harvard Law School (LL.M., 2005). COURSES: Food and Drug Law, Consumer Law, Torts, Sports Law, Behavioral Law, Economics. Email: mmccann @ mc.edu


PHILLIP LEE MCINTOSH, (Law Professor), born Vicksburg, Mississippi, October 15, 1954; admitted to bar, 1979, Louisiana. Education: Louisiana State University (B.S., 1977; J.D., 1978); New York University (LL.M., 1981). COURSES: Torts, Products Liability, Civil Law Obligations, Civil Law Property, Civil Law Successions, Commercial Paper. Email: mcintosh @ mc.edu


MARY ELLA MILLER, (Law Professor), born South Bend, Indiana, May 14, 1960; admitted to bar, 1985, Mississippi. Education: Asbury College (B.A., 1982); University of Southern Mississippi (M.L.S., 1993); Mississippi College School of Law (J.D., 1985). COURSES: Legal Research.


MARK C. MODAK-TRURAN, (Law Professor), born Grosse Point, Michigan, February 19, 1961; admitted to bar, 1989, Illinois. Education: Gustavus Adolphus College (B.A., 1983); The University of Chicago (M.A., 1988); Northwestern University School of Law (J.D., 1989); The University of Chicago (Ph.D., 2002). COURSES: Business Association, Constitutional Law, First Amendment, Law & Religion, Legal Theory, Secured Transactions. Email: mmodak @ mc.edu


SID L. MOLLER, (Law Professor), born Baton, Rouge, Louisiana, May 29, 1952; admitted to bar, 1982, Colorado; 1983, Wyoming. Education: Louisiana State University (B.A., 1974); Cornell University (M.I.L.R., 1976); University of Wyoming (J.D., 1982). COURSES: Contracts, Employment & Labor, Law & Medicine. Email: moller @ mc.edu


ALINA NG, (Law Professor), Education: University of London (L.L.B., 1995); University of Cambridge (LL.M., 1996); Stanford Law School (JSM, 2001; JSD 2004). COURSES: Intellectual Property, Contracts, Criminal Law, Property, Commercial Law.


MATTHEW SCOTT STEFFEY, (Law Professor), born Washington, D.C., April 17, 1962; admitted to bar, 1987, Florida. Education: University of South Florida (B.A., 1984); Florida State University (J.D., 1987); Columbia University (LL.M., 1990). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Evidence, Criminal Law, Admiralty. Email: steffey @ mc.edu


CAROL CATHERINE WEST, (Law Professor), born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 23, 1944; admitted to bar, 1970, Mississippi. Education: Mississippi University for Women (B.A., 1966); University of Southern Mississippi (M.L.S., 1984); University of Mississippi (J.D., 1970). COURSES: Criminal Law, Legislation, Domestic Relations, Women & The Law. Email: west @ mc.edu


JONATHAN F. WILL, (Law Professor), born Erie, Pennsylvania, June 7, 1979; admitted to bar, 2005, Pennsylvania. Education: Canisius College (B.A., 2001); University of Pittsburgh (J.D., 2004; M.A., 2004). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Health Law, Bioethics. Email: will @ mc.com