Monday, January 09, 2006

5th year anniversary celebration in D.C. attracts many luminaries

Whose AMSOL received quite a few glowing reports of the 5th year anniversary celebration held in Washington D.C. last Thursday. We were about to post a report and then came across this story (reproduced below) by Congratulations to all who put on such a prestigious event!

Top Conservatives Fete Ave Maria Law School

Some of America's top conservative leaders, present and former government officials and legal scholars marked the fifth anniversary of Ave Maria Law School, the faith-based Ann Arbor, Mich. school critics predicted would never make it.

Ave Maria was founded specifically as a law school that emphasizes its Catholic roots and teaches law from the perspective of traditional Catholic moral teaching. It was established in 2000 by Domino's Pizza founder Thomas Monaghan, a devout Catholic, who says he was inspired by Pope John Paul II's encyclical letter "Fides et Ratio," (Faith and Reason).

According to a spokeswoman for the school, many dignataries among the 200 guests attending the anniversary celebration held at Washington's Hay Adams Hotel was Secretary of Veteran's Affairs, and former ambassador to the Vatican, Jim Nicholson; Theodore Olsen and Kenneth Starr, both former solicitors general; and former Supreme Court nominee, Judge Robert Bork who teaches law at the school. Also in attendance were Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform; Janice Rogers Brown, federal Court of Appeals judge for the Washington, D.C. Circuit; former U.S. Attorney Joseph DiGenova and his wife Victoria Toensing, a former Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Justice Department and former Chief Counsel of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee and Candace de Russy, a State University of New York trustee.

"Ave Maria was granted full accreditation by the ABA in just five years, the shortest possible time,” said Bernard Dobranski, Ave Maria School of Law's Dean. "This is a testament to the knowledge and skill employers can expect from our graduates.”

Said Bork, "The curriculum at Ave Maria is in-depth and rigorous. It teaches that justice is based on individual rights and the dignity of the human person. As a result, the Ave Maria School of Law graduate will be both technically proficient and well formed in the moral foundations of the law - a truly unique achievement in today's law school environment."

Ave Maria School of Law says it offers a rigorous legal education enriched by the Catholic intellectual tradition and characterized by a commitment to justice, excellence, and the highest ethical and moral standards. The school says that since its opening, Ave Maria has enrolled students from 45 states and abroad and from more than 200 colleges and universities.

"The school is thriving despite those who said it would be hard to attract students and professors, so it is a real testament that there are thousands of people out there who are interested in attending after they graduate from college," Alexandra Preate a spokeswoman for the law school told


At 8:50 PM, Blogger res_ipsa_loquitur said...

I don't understand why the 5th Anniversary celebration for a Michigan school was held in this normal? Doesn't that virtually guarantee that there'd be a low alumni and student representation at the event (if they were even invited)?

I'd make the obvious joke about the event not being held in Florida, but we all know where that would lead...

At 9:28 PM, Blogger J. T. Corey said...

From a marketing angle, it doesn't seem too bad an idea to hold it in D.C. Several alumni are there, as well as people connected to the school. I don't know what percentage of donors comes from the D.C. area, but I imagine there are a few--not to mention the pols, judges, etc. And "Washington, D.C." sounds more impressive to set a story in than "Ann Arbor, MI." I can't answer the question about how many alumni were invited, but if any were there, I imagine it'll make an alumni newsletter.

At 10:09 PM, Blogger Pinotech said...

No doubt it was held in DC so that it would be outside the scrutiny of students and faculty, and especially alumni

At 10:20 PM, Blogger NO man said...

I've been told there were at least a dozen alumni there, and part of the reason it was held in D.C. was to establish more permanent connections down there for future alumni to get jobs, which is a good thing. Also remember that the law school already held a 5th year anniversary event in Ann Arbor late last year.

At 3:13 PM, Blogger TheLawDog said...

I am genuinely suspicious of several things the law school does. On this one, however, I doubt the motivation was sinister. In fact, I almost guarantee that the thought process was that an article just like this one would be the result. In other words, to attract as many notables as possible, hold it in their backyard, make it possible for them to sacrifice a few hours rather than a day (plus airfare, hotel, etc.). Although I might agree that Michigan is a more suitable place, holding it in D.C. is actually a very smart move to get some press and big names to attend.

At 3:27 AM, Blogger Anthony Murphy said...

I was there (although I got there late and missed most of it) as were a dozen other area alumni. The event was, indeed, very nice.

This was a case of two birds and one stone. Dean Dobranski and Prof. Milhizer were in DC to attend the AALS Convention (originally scheduled to be in New Orleans). It made sense to double up and have a little reception for our friends and benefactors in town.

And there was a 5th Anniversary bash in Michigan (back in October, right?).

I hope all is well with all of you.

Anthony Murphy '03


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