Wednesday, December 21, 2005

New Governors for AMSL announced

The following memo was sent from Dean Dobranski earlier today. We would like to thank the Dean and members of the BoG for releasing this information.


Ann Arbor, Mich. (December 15, 2005) – Ave Maria School of Law is pleased to announce that Peter Carfagna, Bowie Kuhn, The Honorable William H. Pryor, Jr. and Michael M. Uhlmann, Ph.D., have been elected to its Board of Governors.

“We are extremely honored to have these individuals join our Board of Governors. They are individuals who I am confident will help the law school to continue its mission of forming future attorneys and leaders through providing a first class legal education rooted in the moral and intellectual traditions of the Church,” said Thomas S. Monaghan, Chairman of the Board.

Bernard Dobranski, Dean and President of Ave Maria School of Law echoed Monaghan saying, “We are looking forward to working with each of these very distinguished new board members who bring a wealth of expertise and tremendous experience that will greatly benefit our law school.”

Peter Carfagna is an attorney with Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP in Cleveland, Ohio, practicing in the areas of litigation, government relations and complex business transactions. He formerly practiced with Jones Day as a litigation partner and served as chief legal officer/general counsel of IMG for more than 10 years before joining Calfee in 2005.

Carfagna is a member of the Diocese of Cleveland Finance Council, past board chair of St. Ignatius High School and serves as an elected director of the Worldwide Harvard Alumni Association and elected director of the Association of American Rhodes Scholars. Carfagna earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard University and Harvard Law School, respectively.

Bowie Kuhn is the former commissioner of Major League Baseball, serving from 1969 to 1984. In 1983 he was named Man of the Year by The Sporting News. Prior to acting as commissioner, Kuhn trained as an attorney, graduating cum laude from Princeton University and earning his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia Law School.

Kuhn has held positions in numerous community organizations, serving on the boards of New York Medical College, the Jackie Robinson Foundation, the Baseball Hall of Fame Museum, Thomas Aquinas College, Franciscan University of Steubenville, the Thomas More Law Center and the Ave Maria List.

The Honorable William H. Pryor, Jr., is currently a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals on the Eleventh Circuit, appointed by President George W. Bush in February of 2004. Before holding his position on the Eleventh Circuit, Pryor served as the Attorney General of Alabama from 1997 to 2004. At the time of his appointment in 1997, Pryor was the youngest Attorney General in the United States.

After receiving his Juris Doctorate from Tulane University School of Law, Pryor served as a law clerk for Judge John Minor Wisdom of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

He is a member of the American Law Institute, the Board of Advisory Editors of the Tulane Law Review and he served as a member of the state and local Senior Advisory Committee for the White House Office of Homeland Security.

Michael M. Uhlmann, Ph.D., is presently working as a Visiting Professor of American Government in the School of Politics and Ecnomics at Claremont Graduate University (CGU). Before teaching at CGU, Uhlmann was a senior vice-president of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee, Wisc.

In 1975 President Gerald Ford appointed Uhlmann to be the Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs in the Department of Justice. From 1981 to 1984 he served as Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan and associate director of the White House Office of Policy Development. Uhlmann was also a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C.

These new board members will take the seats of departing governors The Honorable James L. Buckley, The Honorable William P. Clark, The Honorable Henry Hyde and Dr. Charles E. Rice.

“On behalf of the Board of Governors, we are very grateful for the faithful service these men have rendered to the law school,” said Monaghan. “Their vision, creativity and hard work had no small part in helping Ave Maria School of Law attain the prominence we now enjoy.”

“I want to thank the departing board members for their professional and personal dedication and commitment to helping make this law school such a success,” Dobranski said. “These board members were there from the beginning of Ave Maria School of Law and were of great assistance to its development - which has now become a world class institution.”

Ave Maria School of Law offers a rigorous legal education characterized by a commitment to justice, excellence, and the highest ethical and moral standards. Since its opening, Ave Maria has enrolled students from 45 states and abroad and from more than 200 colleges and universities. Ave Maria School of Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association. For more information please visit or call (734) 827-8063.


At 6:21 PM, Blogger Anakin Aquinas said...

I like Bowie Kuhn alot. he's a good man.

At 6:52 PM, Blogger J. T. Corey said...

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At 8:48 PM, Blogger J. T. Corey said...

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At 8:49 PM, Blogger J. T. Corey said...

Although it may be needless to suggest it, I'd ask that we all pray for the new governors. Without any sarcasm meant, I think they're going to need it.

At 1:04 PM, Blogger kmte said...

Given the quality of the Board Governors being proposed, it seems that a term-limit clause without the added twist of removing the life governorship position and without the arbitrary action of removing some Life Governors but not others would have been a more reasoned and acceptable course of action. I agree with the advisability of praying for the new governors.


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