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  • Ave Maria School of Law

    Ave Maria School of Law
    1025 Commons Cir
    Naples, FL 34119
    (239)687-5300
    avemarialaw.edu
    [email protected]

    Ave Maria School of Law: Home


    About the Law School

    Ave Maria School of Law, a Roman Catholic law school, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, was founded in 1999. It received full accreditation by the American Bar Association in 2005. In the 2008-2009 academic year, there were approximately 300 students enrolled from a variety of states, countries, and undergraduate institutions.

    Ave Maria espouses a natural law philosophy and teaches law within the context of the Catholic intellectual tradition. The curriculum of Ave Maria School of Law includes a three-semester Research, Writing and Advocacy Program, as well as several required courses that focus on law and ethics.


    Ranking

    In 2003, the first graduating class passed the Michigan bar examination at a rate of 93% among first-time takers, which was the top rate in Michigan. In 2004, the school had 100% Michigan bar passage rate, and in 2006, the passing rate was 96%, which is the highest overall among Michigan law schools.

    Ave Maria's Moot court team has won top honors four out of the last 6 years.

    Ave Maria graduates have secured 54 prestigious judicial clerkships – 44 of these with federal courts.


    Dean's Message


    Eugene R. Milhizer
    Acting Dean and Professor of Law

    I welcome your interest in Ave Maria School of Law – a Catholic, national law school with a growing reputation for producing graduates who serve the law and their clients with professionalism and integrity.

    Our rigorous academic program provides students with the doctrinal knowledge and practical skills needed to excel in the practice of law. The core curriculum at Ave Maria has been carefully designed to provide a balance between theory and practice. Traditional courses such as Contracts, Property, and Torts are complemented by classes that hone and develop essential legal skills, thereby helping ensure that students successfully transition to the practice of law.

    The mission of Ave Maria goes beyond robust academics. We present students with the opportunity to examine legal issues in the context of the moral foundations of the law and the Catholic intellectual tradition. Students benefit from the incorporation of insights gleaned from theologians, philosophers, and papal encyclicals – to mention but a few examples. Our students learn not only the law but also what undergirds it, finding the sources of law not just in politics, but also in history, human nature, and the moral order of the universe. We believe this approach enables students to more fully appreciate and better understand the development of our U.S. legal system, the human dignity of their clients, and law as a vocation.

    I have great enthusiasm for the future of Ave Maria School of Law. Our new location in Naples, Florida provides an unparalleled opportunity for growth and development. Our recent faculty hires allow us to offer students an expanded diversity and depth of courses. Our senior faculty members are dedicated legal scholars who are fully committed to serving the needs of our students. And, our profound institutional commitment to the law as a vocation has helped build a community of teachers and students that is distinctive and essential in contemporary times.

    I encourage students of all faiths who seek a legal education enhanced and complemented by a commitment to truth to join us for an enriching educational experience.

    Sincerely,

    Eugene R. Milhizer
    Acting Dean and Professor of Law
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    Re: Ave Maria School of Law

    Ave Maria School of Law was approved by the American Bar Association in August 2005.
    Licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, license number 4007.

    The School of Law's Board of Governors has approved a move after the graduation of the class of 2009 to Naples, Florida.

    Law School Facilities

    The Vineyards Campus consists of five major buildings with total classroom, library, chapel and administrative space that is comparable to the Law School's facility in Ann Arbor. The buildings on the 12-acre campus have been constructed within the last 15 years and several of the structures were built or extensively renovated to serve the students and faculty of the University.

    The Vineyards Campus, which served as the campus for Ave Maria University from 2002-2007, will undergo a series of renovations to meet the particular educational needs of law students. Renovations include the reconfiguring of space for classrooms that will seat 75 students, the construction of a Moot Courtroom and Clinical Offices, and the refurbishing of facilities to include the Law School Bookstore and Computer Lab. Other potential enhancements to the campus include the addition of a limited-hours deli and the replacement of the outdoor swimming pool with an expanded patio/courtyard. Renovation and refurbishment will be completed by the time classes begin in late August 2009.

    This aerial view shows the layout of the 12-acre Vineyards Campus and the location of the five major structures. The Villas, located to the lower left, also are shown, as are the nearby Vineyards Community Park and Vineyards Elementary School.

    The Vineyards Campus is located within the Vineyards planned community, currently consisting of 2,100 homes on 1,375 acres. Immediately adjacent to the Vineyards Campus is the 32-acre Vineyards Community Park and Vineyards Elementary School. With outstanding community amenities and beautifully designed homes, the Vineyards planned community is among the most desirable developments in Naples. Home values in the Vineyards community range from $300,000 to above $1 million.
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    • #3
      Ave Maria School of Law: Faculty Profiles (Part I)

      Jane Adolphe, Associate Professor of Law
      Professor Adolphe began her legal career clerking for the Alberta Court of Appeal and Court of Queen's Bench. After practicing with the Bennett Jones law firm, she served as a prosecutor with the Alberta Crown Prosecutor's Office. She then worked as a legal consultant with the law firm of Capua, Varrenti e Associati in Italy. She has served the United Nations by participating in conferences on children's rights and the International Criminal Court, and most recently participated as a delegate of the Holy See. Professor Adolphe's course offerings include Family Law, Canon Law, International Law, and International Human Rights. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Calgary, as well as common-law and civil-law degrees from McGill University. She also earned a Licentiate in Canon Law and a Doctorate in Canon Law from the Pontificia Universita della Santa Croce in Rome.


      Edward Afield, Assistant Professor of Law
      Prior to joining Ave Maria, Edward Afield was an associate with the law firm Barnett, Bolt, Kirkwood, Long & McBride in Tampa, Florida. His practice focuses primarily on federal and state taxation, corporate law, health care law and estate planning. Previously he clerked for the Honorable Charles R. Wilson on the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He received an L.L.M. in Taxation from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where he was Articles Editor of the Columbia Business Law Review, and an A.B. cum laude in History from Harvard College. During college he was a White House Intern in the Office of Vice President Al Gore and during law school he was a White House Intern in the Office of the General Counsel to the President of the United States. Professor Afield teaches Federal Taxation and Property I.


      Mark H. Bonner, Visiting Associate Professor of Law
      Professor Bonner began his legal career at the U.S. Department of Justice and served in a variety of capacities there for more than 25 years, including Assistant U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Resident Legal Advisor in Moscow. For 10 years, he directed the investigation and prosecution of high-profile federal cases involving international and domestic terrorism. He subsequently joined the U.S. Department of Treasury, where he held the position of Senior Advisor and Chief of Staff to the Undersecretary of the Treasury for Enforcement. Prior to coming to Ave Maria, Professor Bonner served as a Senior Advisor in the United States Department of Homeland Security's Office of International Affairs, where he oversaw the Department's activities within the Group of 8 (G8) countries. He also taught as an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center for 13 years. Professor Bonner earned a Juris Doctor from American University's Washington College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University. His course offerings include Criminal Law.


      Judge Robert H. Bork, Professor of Law
      Judge Bork has served with distinction as a judge, lawyer, scholar, government official, and law professor. Early in his career, he was an associate and partner with the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis before joining the faculty at Yale Law School. During the 1970s, Judge Bork held the positions of United States Solicitor General and Acting Attorney General. He subsequently served as a United States Court of Appeals judge for the District of Columbia Circuit. Formerly a scholar with the American Enterprise Institute, Judge Bork is currently a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute and the Tad and Dianne Taube Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution. The author of numerous books and articles, he has also appeared on many national television programs. Judge Bork teaches at Ave Maria School of Law during consolidated periods in the fall and spring semesters. He received his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago. Judge Bork is on leave during the 2008-2009 academic year.


      Ligia M. De Jesus, Assistant Professor of Law
      Professor Ligia M. De Jesus brings to the School of Law a variety of professional experiences in the areas of international and family law, including experience as a research consultant for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in the regional office for Latin America and the Caribbean. A native of Honduras, she also has served as a legal advisor on family law issues for the National Congress in Honduras, a consultant to the World Bank and other UN agencies on matters related to children's rights and family-court reform, and as a lecturer at the Universidad Catolica de Honduras. Professor De Jesus was awarded the prestigious Romulo Gallegos fellowship at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington, DC and later worked at the Victim Rights Law Center in Boston. She received LL.M. degrees from Harvard Law School and the University of Groningen in The Netherlands. Courses taught by Professor De Jesus Professor include Family Law and Law and Children.


      Bernard Dobranski, Dean and President
      Before joining Ave Maria, Dean Dobranski served as Dean of Catholic University School of Law in Washington, D.C., where he strengthened the school's Catholic identity, upgraded its reputation in Bioethics, International Law, and Law and Religion, and greatly increased the diversity of the student body. As Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, he oversaw one of that school's greatest growth periods. Dean Dobranski has also been a faculty member at the University of Notre Dame Law School and Creighton University School of Law, and he has served on the Accreditation Committee of the American Bar Association's Section on Legal Education. A well-respected arbitrator, Dean Dobranski has rendered more than 350 arbitration awards over the past 20 years. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Notre Dame and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia.


      Elizabeth M. Donovan, Director of Community Development Law Clinic and Assistant Clinical Professor of Law
      Before joining Ave Maria School of Law in 2000, Professor Donovan practiced law at the Detroit office of Dykema for eight years, concentrating on litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and immigration. She began her legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Rosselle Pekelis of the Washington State Court of Appeals. Professor Donovan currently directs the Community Development Law Clinic. The courses she teaches include Women's Immigrant Rights Law Clinic, Advanced Clinical Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Mediation, Client Representation, Clinical Practicum: Human Trafficking, and Clinical Practicum: Community-Based Legal Services. Her clinical work focuses on human trafficking victims, battered women immigrants, unaccompanied immigrant children, and individuals seeking asylum. Professor Donovan holds a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Albany, a Master of Arts from the University of Michigan, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Washington School of Law. She is a member of the State of Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force.


      Alice C. Elkin, Assistant Professor of Research, Writing, and Advocacy
      Alice Elkin gained extensive experience in legal research and writing while employed as an attorney for the Michigan Court of Appeals, where she analyzed a variety of civil and criminal issues on appeal. She also worked for the firm of Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone, where she focused her practice on corporate, real estate, and finance. Elkin earned a B.A. from Wayne State University and a J.D. from Wayne State University School of Law.


      James P. Eyster, Director of Asylum and Immigrant Rights Law Clinic and Assistant Clinical Professor of Law
      Professor Eyster has practiced immigration law in Ann Arbor for nine years. Prior to that, he served first as Executive Director of the Princeton in Asia Foundation and then in the same capacity for the University of Michigan's Southeast Asia Business Program. He was a lecturer in the Ave Maria School of Law RWA program and has taught our Immigration Law class since 2003. He is a graduate of Princeton University and Fordham Law School and has been engaged in scholarship in international and immigration law, and has assisted the Asylum and Immigrant Rights Law as an adjunct professor.


      Francis J. Fodale, Visiting Associate Professor of Law
      Professor Fodale is a member of federal and state bars and a registered Patent Attorney who is a shareholder with Reising, Ethington, Barnes, Kisselle, P.C., an intellectual property firm in Troy, Michigan. He has more than 40 years of legal experience practicing patent law, including work as a patent attorney with the General Motors Corporation. He holds a Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Detroit and a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center. Professor Fodale teaches the Patent Law Clinic course, Patent Law, and Patent Drafting
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      • #4
        Ave Maria School of Law: Faculty Profiles (Part II)

        Patrick T. Gillen, Assistant Professor of Law
        Professor Gillen has practiced in the area of civil litigation for fifteen years, representing clients in both state and federal courts. Most recently, he served as litigation counsel for the Thomas More Law Center, where he worked on a wide variety of cases dealing with religious liberty, the sanctity of human life, and traditional family values. A former judicial clerk for Judge Robert D. Potter of the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina and Judge Daniel A. Manion of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Professor Gillen has expertise in Appellate Practice, Federal Courts, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, and Religious Freedom. He received a Juris Doctor and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Arts in American History from Fordham University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Providence College. Professor Gillen teaches Appellate Practice and Federal Courts.


        Kevin H. Govern, Assistant Professor of Law
        Professor Govern began his legal career as an Army Judge Advocate, serving 20 years at every echelon during peacetime and war in worldwide assignments involving every legal discipline. He has also served as an Assistant Professor of Law at the United States Military Academy and has taught at California University of Pennsylvania. He has published widely and spoken frequently on international and comparative law, national security and homeland security law, military operations, and professional ethics. He received a Bachelor of Arts and a Juris Doctor from Marquette University, a Master of Laws with International and Operational Law Specialization from the Judge Advocate General’s School, and a Master of Laws in International and Comparative Law from the University of Notre Dame. Courses taught by Professor Govern include Contracts and Administrative Law.


        Rev. Joseph M. Isanga, Assistant Professor of Law
        Father Isanga joined the Ave Maria faculty following his appointment as a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Civil and Human Rights. He is a widely published scholar on human rights in Africa and has expertise in international law, jurisprudence, and law, ethics, and public policy. Father Isanga is a priest from the Diocese of Jinja, Uganda. He received a Bachelor of Philosophy from Pontifical Urban University in Rome; a Bachelor of Divinity and a Bachelor of Laws from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda; a Diploma in Legal Practice from Law Development Center in Kampala, Uganda; and a Master of Laws and a Juridical Sciences Doctorate from the University of Notre Dame. Father Isanga teaches International Law and Law, Ethics, and Public Policy.


        Jason C. Jones, Assistant Professor of Law
        Professor Jones comes to the law school from Dykema Gossett, P.L.L.C., where he represented corporations in structured finance and securitization transactions and counseled closely-held corporations and other entities on corporate entity formation, governance matters, contract negotiation and drafting, non-profit and tax-exempt election, and lending transactions. Professor Jones’ experience also includes practice in the areas of complex litigation and regulatory matters. He is a cum laude graduate of Michigan State University College of Law, where he served as editor of the Journal of Business and Securities Law. In addition, Professor Jones also served as a member of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration moot court team and as an intern with the United States Department of Commerce – International Trade Administration. Professor Jones earned a B.A. from Michigan State University. Professor Jones currently teaches Contracts and Sales.


        Barbara A. Kalinowski, Director and Assistant Professor of Research, Writing and Advocacy
        Barbara Kalinowski began her legal career clerking for Judge Roland Olzark of the Third Judicial Circuit Court in Detroit and later for the Michigan Court of Appeals. Later, she practiced with the firm of Draugelis & Ashton in Plymouth, Michigan. Immediately before joining Ave Maria, Ms. Kalinowski engaged in a solo law practice, focusing on appellate legal research, writing and consulting. She served as Interim Director of Ave Maria’s Research, Writing and Advocacy program during the 2002-2003 Academic year. She is currently an Assistant Editor of the Journal of the Legal Writing Institute. Ms. Kalinowski holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor from Wayne State University Law School.


        Michael O. Kenney, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
        Professor Kenney’s legal career includes more than a decade of experience as a litigator in the areas of insurance defense, personal injury, and environmental litigation. He has appeared before state and federal courts throughout Ohio and Michigan, including the Ohio Supreme Court. Professor Kenney has taught Environmental Law as an adjunct member of the Ave Maria School of Law faculty and until 2005 served as Associate Dean for External Affairs at the Law School. He has served as an administrator in Catholic higher education for more than twelve years including positions at the University of Detroit Mercy, the University of Notre Dame, and Madonna University. Professor Kenney earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Juris Doctor from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Environmental Law from George Washington University Law School. His course offerings include Constitutional Law and Professional Responsibility.


        Charles I. Lugosi, Visiting Associate Professor of Law
        Professor Lugosi graduated with a Bachelor of Law from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Law, a Master of Bioethics, and a Doctor of Juridical Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Lugosi has published articles on abortion, euthanasia, and conjoined twins; the use of DNA to free the factually innocent; freedom of speech and religion; extending constitutional personhood to the unborn; the conflict between natural law and secular humanism; and the case for preserving civil liberties and the rule of law after 9/11. Professor Lugosi previously taught at Michigan State University College of Law, St. Thomas University School of Law, and the University of Western Ontario, after a career in private practice. Professor Lugosi currently teaches Torts and a seminar entitled Terrorism and the Rule of Law.


        Eugene R. Milhizer, Acting Dean and Professor of Law
        As an Army Judge Advocate, Dean Milhizer participated in hundreds of appeals, tried scores of criminal cases, and held multiple leadership positions. Additionally, for three years he held a teaching appointment at the Judge Advocate General’s School at the University of Virginia. In 2001, he joined the Ave Maria faculty. Dean Milhizer’s course offerings include Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, National Security Law, and Military Law. He has given presentations at law schools across the country and his legal scholarship has been published in the St. John’s Law Review, the Missouri Law Review, and other law journals. In May 2006, he was appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Dean Milhizer holds a Bachelor of Arts with high distinction and Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Laws with honors from the Judge Advocate General’s School.


        Kirkland Miller, Assistant Professor of Research, Writing, and Advocacy
        Professor Miller is an experienced attorney with a professional practice that focused on first- and third-party insurance no-fault litigation, insurance defense, employment law, real estate, and contract review. In addition to providing legal and consulting services to members of the insurance industry, he has specialized in alternative dispute resolution services as a defense arbitrator for first-party and third-party no-fault cases. Professor Miller received a Bachelor of Arts from Oakland University and a Juris Doctorate from Detroit College of Law.


        Maureen Milliron, Assistant Professor of Research, Writing, and Advocacy
        Ms. Milliron was an associate with the firm of Blanco Miller in Troy, Mich., for several years before joining Ave Maria. Her areas of practice included state and federal appellate advocacy, governmental immunity, employment discrimination, personal injury, and medical malpractice. She has also worked as a Prehearing Attorney with the Michigan Court of Appeals. Ms. Milliron has served as a legal writing instructor at Wayne State University and the Detroit College of Law. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor with high honors from the Detroit College of Law.

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        • #5
          Ave Maria School of Law: Faculty Profiles (Part III)

          Mollie A. Murphy, Associate Professor of Law
          Professor Murphy began her law career as a clerk for Judge Edward A. Tamm of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She then worked at Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue in Washington, D.C., where she practiced in antitrust and civil litigation. Before joining Ave Maria, she taught at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. Her course offerings include Torts, Advanced Torts, and Complex Litigation. Professor Murphy earned a Bachelor of Arts from St. Mary's College, where she was the valedictorian of her class, and holds a Juris Doctor with honors from Notre Dame Law School.


          Richard S. Myers, Professor of Law
          Professor Myers began his legal career clerking for Judge John F. Kilkenny of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He then worked for Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue in Washington, D.C., focusing on antitrust law and appellate litigation. He began his teaching career at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and then taught at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. Professor Myers teaches courses in Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, and Antitrust. Professor Myers is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Kenyon College and earned his law degree at Notre Dame, where he graduated first in his class.


          Nora O'Callaghan, Associate Professor of Law
          Professor O'Callaghan began her law career as a clerk for Judge Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. After practicing corporate liti-gation with the Chicago office of Latham & Watkins, she served as Director of the Respect Life Office of the Archdiocese of Chicago and worked as a consultant to the Catholic Conference of Illinois on legislative matters. Professor O'Callaghan's course offerings include Constitutional Law, First Amendment, Bioethics, Religious Freedom, and Criminal Law. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and holds a Juris Doctor with honors from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was inducted into the Order of the Coif. Professor O'Callaghan is on leave during the 2008-2009 academic year.


          Father Michael P. Orsi, Chaplain and Research Fellow in Law & Religion
          Father Orsi was ordained for the Diocese of Camden in 1976 and has a broad background in teaching and educational administration. Father Orsi has authored or co-authored four books and more than 200 articles in over 20 journals and newspapers. He has served as Assistant Chancellor, Assistant Vicar for Pastoral Services, Director of Family Life Bureau, and Coordinator of Pope John Paul II's visit to New Jersey for the Diocese of Camden. He has also served as a member of The Institute for Genomic Research at the University of Pennsylvania and as a member of New Jersey's Advisory Council on AIDS. Father Orsi holds a Doctorate in Education from Fordham University, two Master degrees in Theology from Saint Charles Seminary, and a Bachelor of Arts from Cathedral College. He is a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and in 2005 he was appointed as a Senior Research Associate to the Linacre Centre for Bioethics, London, England. Father Orsi co-hosts a weekly radio program, The Advocate, which discusses law and culture on WDTK, 1400-AM Detroit.


          Patrick Quirk, Associate Professor of Law
          Professor Quirk began his legal career clerking for a Deputy President in the tax division of the Australian Administrative Appeals Tribunal and later went on to practice in the commercial division of a major law firm in Sydney. He taught at Bond University Faculty of Law in Queensland, and at the Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law, before joining the faculty at Ave Maria. Professor Quirk earned his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of Queensland and a Master of Laws from the Eberhard Karls University of Tubingen, Germany. He also received a graduate diploma in practical legal training from the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology, Sydney. Professor Quirk teaches Internet Commerce, European Union Law, International Business, and Secured Transactions.


          Toree S. Randall, Assistant Professor of Research, Writing, and Advocacy
          Ms. Randall practiced law for four years as a litigation associate with a large Lansing law firm and has extensive expertise teaching online legal research techniques. She has published on the topic of workers' compensation law and has served as a guest lecturer at multiple law schools on the topic of advanced legal research. Ms. Randall earned a Bachelor of Science from Western Michigan University and a Juris Doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.


          Honorable Daniel P. Ryan, Judge in Residence
          Judge Daniel P. Ryan has been a judge for the 3rd Judicial Circuit Court in Detroit, Michigan since 1998. In April 2003, President George W. Bush nominated him to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Previously, he served as a District Court Judge for the 17th Judicial District Court from 1994 until 1998. He was Chief Judge of the 17th District Court from 1996-1998. He has also sat by assignment on the Michigan Court of Appeals. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Ryan was associated with the firm of Plunkett and Cooney where he specialized in the defense of complex architect, engineer, and construction liability cases. Judge Ryan has taught a number of law school courses, including Evidence, Advanced Evidence, Construction Law, Complex Litigation, Ethics, Law and Literature: A Novel Approach, International Contract and Sales Law, Criminal Law and Procedure, Constitutional Comparative Law, and Trial Advocacy. He has taught numerous international and state continuing legal and judicial education Evidence programs. Judge Ryan has also authored several books and law review articles on various topics including the Evidence area. He is a certified instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA). Judge Ryan also has served on the faculty of the National Judicial College since 1996 and currently serves on its Faculty Council. He holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Notre Dame, a Master's Degree from the University of Nevada, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Detroit. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Nevada with an anticipated graduation date in 2009.


          D. Brian Scarnecchia, Visiting Associate Professor of Law
          Professor Scarnecchia brings to the School of Law experience as a faculty member, an attorney in private practice, and as an assistant county prosecutor. A member of the Franciscan University of Steubenville faculty since 1996, he has chaired Franciscan's Department of Humanities and Catholic Social Thought, and has directed the University's Human Life Studies and Legal Studies programs. Professor Scarnecchia lectures on human rights, natural law, bioethics, and cultural and political issues both nationally and internationally. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Akron, a Masters of Divinity from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, and a Bachelor of Arts from Youngstown State University. He also has completed doctoral studies in Sacred Theology at the International Maria Research Institute at the University of Dayton. Professor Scarnecchia teaches Property I and Origins of the Constitution.


          Janice Selberg, Director of the Law Library and Information Technology and Assistant Professor of Law
          Professor Selberg joined Ave Maria in October 2001. She previously worked for 14 years at Wayne State University Law Library, the last seven in the position of Assistant Director. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History of Art, with honors, from Michigan State University, a Master of Arts in Library Science from the University of Michigan, and a Juris Doctor from Michigan State University College of Law. She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan.


          James A. Sonne, Associate Professor of Law
          Professor Sonne began his legal career as an associate with McGuire, Woods, Battle & Boothe in Richmond, Virginia, working primarily in labor and employment litigation. During that time, he also developed expertise in litigating high-profile constitutional cases involving religion and free speech issues on both the trial and appellate level. In 2001, he joined the Ave Maria faculty and since has taught Civil Procedure, Labor Law, Employment Law, and Employee Benefits and Compensation. As a member of the faculty, Professor Sonne has published articles in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Labor and Employment Law, Notre Dame Law Review, and others. Professor Sonne holds a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, both with honors. Professor Sonne is on leave during the 2008-2009 academic year.
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          • #6
            Ave Maria School of Law: Faculty Profiles (Part IV)

            Conrad Sturm, Assistant Professor of Research, Writing, and Advocacy
            Professor Sturm came to Ave Maria from Northwestern University School of Law where he taught LL.M. courses in Common Law Reasoning, Legal Writing and Rhetoric, and Pre-LLM classes in Ethics and Contracts. Professor Sturm also taught Legal Research, Writing, and Advocacy and Appellate Advocacy to J.D./LL.B. students at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law, and Queen's University Faculty of Law in Ontario, Canada. He earned an Honors B.A. from McMaster University in Ontario, a J.D. from Nova Southeastern University, and an LL.M. in International Commercial Law from the University of Sydney, Australia. Before commencing his LL.M., Professor Sturm worked in the commercial litigation department of Sandler, Travis and Rosenberg, P.A., an international trade law firm headquartered in Miami, FL. Professor Sturm has presented on topics related to legal skills pedagogy at various conferences. He also has a keen interest in public international law and appellate advocacy.


            Adjuncts


            Josh Ard, Adjunct Professor - Wills, Trust and Estates
            Currently in private practice, Josh Ard is a former chair of the Elder Law and Disability Rights and Consumer Law sections and of the Legal Education and Professional Standards committee of the State Bar of Michigan. He is currently chair of the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee and a council member for the Administrative Law and Probate and Estate Planning sections and a member of the Representative Assembly of the State Bar. He is co-editor of the ethics column for the Probate and Estate Planning Journal of the State Bar, a director of the Ingham County Bar, co-chair of the Probate and Estate Planning Committee of the Washtenaw County, and serves of the Surrogate Decision Making committee of the American Bar Association. He was Special Advisor to the Governor's Task Force on Elder Abuse. Mr. Ard received his J.D. from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, his Ph. D. from UCLA, his M.B.A. Eastern Michigan University and his B.A. from Rice University.



            The Hon. Annette Berry, Adjunct Professor - Appellate Practice
            Judge Annette J. Berry was elected to the Wayne County Circuit Court Bench in November of 2000. She currently serves as a Judge assigned to the Criminal Divison. Judge Berry received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan- Dearborn and her Juris Doctorate from Michigan State University Law School, formerly the Detroit College of Law. She was appointed as an Assistant Attorney General by Frank J. Kelly, former Michigan Attorney General, in 1988, where she served for nearly twelve years. During her distinguished career with the Department of Attorney General, Judge Berry served as Legal Counsel for the Department of Licensing and Regulation, Department of Education, Department of Consumer and Industry Affairs/Insurance and Banking Division and the Department of Secretary of State. For nearly eight years, Judge Berry served as a Prosecutor in the Criminal Division, specializing in white collar, economic conspiracy crimes. In January of 2000, Attorney General Jennifer Granholm appointed Judge Berry as Chief Prosecutor for all gaming prosecution arising out of the Detroit casinos. Judge Berry currently serves as Secretary on the Executive Board of Directors for the Michigan Judge's Association, and is Chairperson for the Corrections Committee. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Judicial Conference, State Bar of Michigan.



            James Cox, II, Adjunct Professor - Copyright
            Jim Cox earned his Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, from the University Of Michigan College Of Engineering in 1987 and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School in 1990. He is licensed in the State of Michigan and is a registered Patent Attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He has experience practicing law as an intellectual property / patent attorney both in-house and in law firm settings and has also practiced product liability law in complex auto-related cases. In addition to his legal experience, Mr. Cox spent five years on active duty in the United States Army as an Armor Officer. His service included a deployment to Bosnia as part of Operation Joint Endeavor where he served both as a line officer and as the Battalion Civil Military Affairs Officer conducting negotiations with the former warning factions over all of Northern Bosnia. Mr. Cox currently is in private practice where he handles patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret matters.



            Thomas DeCarlo, Adjunct Professor - Personal Bankruptcy
            Thomas DeCarlo is a sole practitioner in Ann Arbor with 19 years' experience in bankruptcy, complex commercial litigation, and corporate and real estate matters. Prior to moving to Michigan in 2002, he practiced law in south Florida with several firms and as a sole practitioner. A frequent speaker at professional seminars on topics such as commercial lending and litigation, collections, bankruptcy, and ethics, Mr. DeCarlo received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he served as Editorin- Chief of the Stetson University Law Review.



            Patrick Karbowski, Adjunct Professor - Real Estate Transactions
            Patrick A. Karbowski is a shareholder practicing in Butzel Long's Bloomfield Hills office. He graduated cum laude from the Wayne State University School of Law in 1987 where he was a Note and Comment Editor of the Wayne Law Review. He received a Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude from Central Michigan University. His practice includes both transactional law and litigation, with concentrations in the areas of real estate, general business and entertainment law. Mr. Karbowski is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan, the Metropolitan Detroit Bar Association, and the Oakland County Bar Association. He is Chair of the Real Property Section of the State Bar of Michigan and serves on its Pro Bono and ADR Committees. He is also a member of the Real Estate Advisory Board for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education. Mr. Karbowski is also a member of the ACES Section of the State Bar.



            Robert F. Magill, Jr., Adjunct Professor - Business Organization
            Robert F. Magill, Jr. was educated at U of D High School, Williams College, Harvard Law School (LL.B.) and NYU School of Law (LL.M). He has had a variety of professional experiences in private and in public law, including working for the United States Government as well as for all 50 state attorney generals. He has been in private practice in Ann Arbor since 1973 and is head of Magill & Rumsey, P.C., where he handles business transactions, civil litigation, and real estate. He has several published cases and law articles.



            Stephen Postema, Adjunct Professor - State and Local Government
            Stephen Postema is currently serving as the Ann Arbor City Attorney. He advises the Mayor, City Council and City Administrator and oversees the City Attorney's Office. Prior to his appointment, he was a partner at Bodman LLP, where he specialized in commercial and employment litigation and practiced regularly in the Federal Courts, the State Circuit Courts, and the Michigan Court of Appeals. Mr. Postema also served as a judicial clerk to then Chief Judge John Feikens, of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He received his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School and his bachelor degree from Harvard University.



            Craig Schwartz, Adjunct Professor - Collective Bargaining
            Craig Schwartz is a shareholder in the Michigan firm of Butzel Long. He is a graduate of Boston University (B.A. 1977) Georgetown University Law Center (J.D. 1980). Mr. Schwartz practices in the areas of labor relations and employment-related litigation. He has broad experience in collective bargaining, labor arbitration, and union representation proceedings. Mr. Schwartz also has extensive experience representing client in administrative proceedings and litigation before the National Labor Relations Board, Michigan Employment Relations Commission, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Michigan Department of Civil Rights, and in state and federal courts. Mr. Schwartz is admitted to practice in the States of Michigan and Minnesota, as well as several federal district and circuit courts. He is a member of the Labor and Employment Section of the American Bar Association and the Employment Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, and serves as an arbitrator for the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission.



            Craig Stanley, Adjunct Professor - Labor Law
            Craig Stanley is a shareholder with Butzel Long, practing management-side labor and employment law, international law, and noncompete and trade secret litigation. He is a memberof the ABA Labor and Employment, Litigation, and International Sections and is active in the ABA Developing Labor Law and NLRB Practice and Procedure Committees. Mr. Stanley earned a B.S. from Purdue University and a J.D. cum laude from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. While in law school, he served as Executive Editor of the Law Review and received the Dean's Scholarship for Academic Excellence and both the CALI and ABA awards for Excellence in Labor and Employment Law.



            Bruce M. Stone, Adjunct Professor - Estate and Gift Tax
            Bruce M. Stone is a Vice President and Senior Fiduciary Officer at JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. Prior to joining JPMorgan in August 2007, Mr. Stone was an attorney in the estate and business practice groups at Berry Moorman, PC, in Ann Arbor. He has more than 10 years of experience in estate planning, probate and trust administration and is familiar with all types of trust, tax and wealth planning strategies. Mr. Stone is a member of the Michigan Bar Association's Probate and Estate Planning and Taxation sections. He also is a member of the Washtenaw Estate Planning Council and the Washtenaw County Bar Association, serving as past co-chair of its estate planning, probate and trust law section. He is a member and past president of the Ann Arbor Briarwood Rotary Club.
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              Naples, Florida - 2009

              Following a multi-year study, the School of Law's Board of Governors decided to relocate the School of Law to southwest, Florida effective August 2009. The Law School will occupy the 12-acre 'Vineyards Campus,' which is located northeast of incorporated Naples, within minutes of legal employers in Naples and seven miles from the Gulf of Mexico. The Vineyards Campus will serve the Law School until the time when the Law School co-locates to the campus of Ave Maria University in eastern Collier County.

              The Law School's new location in southwest Florida will enhance the School's ability to fulfill its distinctive mission as a Catholic law school dedicated to professional excellence. Indeed, as the Law School charts the next decade and beyond, there are a number of ambitious plans and goals that include the expansion of the faculty, the addition of a study-abroad program, a continuing commitment to strong clinical programs that serve both students and the residents of the region, and the possible addition of a graduate program in law.

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                Re: Ave Maria School of Law

                Yes, Ave Maria School of Law is giving the opportunities to the youth to attract towards the modern law education. So, It will help youth to built the career as attorney like Kaplan Morrell.

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