September 13, 2007
Ave Maria Law School May Face Threat to Accreditation
"The Ave Maria School of Law, which has been embroiled in a bitter dispute over a planned move from Michigan to Florida, may face a challenge to its continued accreditation, according to a letter released last week by the law school's dean." (for subscribers) [RJ]
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I am writing to provide you with an update on the current state of affairs in the controversy that has been occurring over Ave Maria School of Law's governance. Monday, September 17th, a resolution was released by the Ave Maria Alumni Association Board of Directors to the Ave Maria Board of Governors renewing a vote of "No Confidence" in Ave Maria School of Law President and Dean Bernard Dobranski and expressing a vote of "No Confidence" in the Ave Maria Board of Governors Chairman, Thomas Monaghan. You can find the full text of this new resolution on the following website:
Posted by: Laura Hoffman | Sep 19, 2007 10:34:49 AM
Dear Mr. Hodnicki,
My name is Laura Hoffman and I am 2004 graduate of University of Notre Dame and I am a 2007 graduate of Ave Maria School of Law in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I came across the coverage of the crisis at Ave Maria School of Law on this blog yesterday. I feel that as an alum of Ave Maria School of Law, it is my duty to seek the best interests of my beloved alma mater and to seek an end to the dehumanizing "reign of terror" that now exists at this institution. In recent weeks, actions taken by Ave Maria's administration have demonstrated it is not being faithful to the teachings of the Catholic Church and the document Ex Corde Ecclesiae. The recent events involve the removal of men of extraordinary Catholic legal scholarship who have committed themselves unselfishly to Ave Maria School of Law and to making it a premier national Catholic law school. This is a shameful abuse of authority of not just the administration of a law school but one that has formally associated itself with the Catholic Church and Her teachings. The evidence has mounted that the majority of the alumni of Ave Maria School of Law as well as former and current law professors, former employees, and current students not only condemn the unjust actions taken against these extraordinary law professors who have been unjustly harmed but have also sought the reinstatement of these members of the Ave Maria community. I have included a link to this petition below. This evidence was put before Dean Dobranski and the entire Ave Maria Board of Governors by petition on Thursday, August 23, 2007 and has been given no response. This once again demonstrates that a lack of communication exists on the administration's end and those sitting on the Board of Governors with the very constituencies they claim to serve.
These recent actions have deeply hurt the Catholic identity of our law school. My hope is to create public attention to these matters, especially in Catholic and higher education circles to initiate a restoration of the livelihood of Ave Maria School of Law and its foundation based on the teachings of the Catholic Church and John Paul II.
I wanted to bring your attention to some recent articles regarding Ave Maria School of Law and the pending ABA investigation as well as a statement released September 12th on the Mirror of Justice blog. Thank you very much for your interest in covering these matters.
Very truly yours,
Laura C. Hoffman, J.D.
Ave Maria School of Law Class of 2007
Posted by: Laura C. Hoffman | Sep 14, 2007 12:38:44 PM