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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Letter from Life Governor Charles E. Rice

January 8, 2007


Mr. Thomas S. Monaghan
Dean Bernard Dobranski
Ave Maria School of Law
3475 Plymouth Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Dear Tom and Bernie:

As discussed in my memo of October 20, 2005, to the Board of Governors, I then had, and now still have, a vested right to membership on the Board as a Life Governor upon my retirement from the active Board. I was so "retired" on December 7, 2005, when I was removed from the Board, contrary to settled custom and over my objection, by the adoption of the two-term limit which, not surprisingly, was not implemented in the following year of 2006. Nor was my previously vested right to be a Life Governor upon retirement affected by the abolition, also on December 7, 2005, of the category of Life Governor. The reasons supporting the foregoing conclusions need not be elaborated here.

Article XI of the Articles of Incorporation of Ave Maria School of Law provides in relevant part: "Amendments to these Articles of Incorporation shall require an affirmative vote of a majority of the Governors (including Life Governors), provided however, that any amendment altering, supplementing or otherwise modifying the purposes of the Corporation as set forth in Article II, or the disposition of assets upon liquidation or dissolution of the Corporation as set forth in Article VII (c), shall, in either case, require the unanimous approval and consent of all the Governors hereto." (Emphasis added)

Please take notice that I reaffirm the position I have stated on various occasions, that I consider myself to be a Life Governor with the right to act accordingly.

I would appreciate it if you would transmit this letter to the other members of the Board since I do not have their contact information.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Sincerely,




Charles E. Rice
Professor Emeritus

CER/emr
cc:Faculty

AM's comments:

I look forward to the response which I'm sure will be forthcoming from Mr. Monaghan and Dean Dobranski.

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