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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Not to Wreck Your Turkey Day....

-----Original Message-----
From: Dobranski, Bernard
Sent: Wed 11/22/2006 5:04 PM
To: All Law System Distribution; All Alumni
Cc: B. J. Harrington ; Bowie Kuhn; Edward Cardinal Egan; Gerard Bradley; Helen Alvare; Jeff Randolph; Joseph Fessio; Kate O'Beirne ; Michael Uhlmann; Peter Carfagna; Robert George
Subject: Feasibility Study

Dear Ave Maria Law School Community,

Attached is a copy of the Feasibility Study prepared by Deans James White and Tom Read at the request of the Board of Governors to assist in the Board's consideration of the possibility of a relocation of the law school to the Naples, Florida area. It was received by me and distributed to the Board yesterday. As I indicated earlier, it would also be shared with the Ave Maria Law School Community -- students, faculty, staff and alumni -- for reaction and comment.

As the first step in the process of receiving reaction, I am creating a daily open door policy for anyone interested in providing comments and reactions directly to me. It will be scheduled each day from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. No appointment or prior notice is necessary. If for any reason I am away on a given day, other arrangements to meet can be made. E-mail and written comments are also welcome.

In addition, we will schedule a series of meetings for interested individuals and groups to meet with available Board members. To this end, we tentatively plan to have meetings on either Wednesday, December 6, or, Thursday, December 7, for current students, non-senior staff, and interested alumni. We also tentatively plan to hold a meeting on Friday, December 8, in Washington, D.C. for interested alumni in that area. In addition, we plan to hold separate meetings Wednesday, December 13, for faculty and senior staff for their reactions and comments. The reason I refer to these meeting dates as tentative is that I am still trying to confirm availability of Board members to be present. I expect to be able to provide more definite information as to exact dates and times when we return from the Thanksgiving break. The reason for choosing December 6 or 7 for the student meeting is because these are the last two class days and thus avoids interfering with scheduled exams. The reason for the December 13 date for faculty and senior staff is that this is the day before the regularly scheduled Board meeting, and we expect a greater number of Board members will be available at this time.

I also wish to emphasize that the primary role of Board members at these meetings will be to listen to what you have to say about the study, irrespective of whether it is critical or supportive of the study. Moreover, if it turns out that more time for reaction and comment is necessary or desirable, we are prepared to provide that time.

I trust you will find this helpful. I, and the other members of the Board, look forward to your comments to the study, and I wish you all a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving.


Dean Bernard Dobranski

[CLICK HERE to read the feasibility study (or right-click to download the 5MB PDF to your computer for later reading).]

UPDATE: Part of the feasibility study included statistics on the growth of Collier County provided by the Economic Development Council of Collier County. Interesting who some of the Directors of this organization are, isn't it?