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

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Alumni Assoc. Issues Statement regarding Suppression

As a public service, this red hot news from the alumni association (which happens to be in a telephonic meeting as this is posted):
Yesterday, the Ave Maria School of Law announced that it was relocating to Florida. In response, the Ave Maria School of Law Alumni Association Board of Directors held an emergency meeting the same day, at which nine of its fifteen members approved the statement below that criticizes the school's decision. The Alumni Association's only official means of communication with alumni is by the school emailing the alumni through the school email system. However, shortly after the meeting, law school officials refused to send the Alumni Association's message despite the clear majority vote to do so, and they refused to explain why it refused to send the message. Furthermore, when the law school administration learned that the Alumni Association Board would expose the administration's refusal to send the board's message, the administration sent an unauthorized message through Ermin Gornik on Wednesday evening, February 21, 2007, purporting to be a "Statement From the Alumni Association Board of Directors." The Alumni Association deplores the school administration's refusal to carry out its duty to communicate with alumni. It is an affront to academic freedom and it tends to confirm our earlier-stated reservations about governance of the school. Accordingly, the Alumni Association is authorizing the dissemination of its decision along with this note to all public and private outlets.

In Christ,

Ave Maria School of Law Alumni Association Board of Directors
February 21, 2007

UPDATE: The text appearing here is the full text of the statement as ratified by the directors by a vote of a valid quorum. President Vernon was aware of the meeting (email and telephone call), but chose not to attend. (he's probably jet lagged and not able to read these little documents in enough time for such complex decisions). Faithfully yours, Casimir.