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

Friday, June 29, 2007

Tribute to a Witness

In the designs of Providence, there are no coincidences. I thought of this truth when I received the following email (it was authored by Professor Phil Pucillo and sent to the whole law school):

Dear all,

Tomorrow, June 30, marks Steve Safranek's 47th birthday. In light of the occasion, I wanted to share a few sentences from a beautiful tribute to Steve that was recently authoried by a member of Ave Maria's Class of 2007:

In my years as a student at Ave Maria, Professor Safranek taught me more than contracts or how to create a law, he taught me personal integrity and what it means to be a Catholic. [...] If we are a different law school to educate a different kind of lawyer, then we should have a different kind of professor. That different kind of professor is Professor Safranek.

Please join me in wishing Steve a very happy birthday.


On June 30 the Roman Calendar commemorates the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. This takes on added significance when we consider the tumult at the law school and the fact that Professor Safranek seems to be one of the first casualties (along with Professor Rice) of the diseased governance. I cannot think of a more fitting tribute to Professor Safranek than the words of this student of the class of '07. Cheers Professor Safranek on your 47th!

(N.B. Lest anyone think that Professor Safranek is perfect, he's not. He stinks at Monopoly!)