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Monday, August 27, 2007

Professor Bainbridge on Ave Maria School of Law

The petition in favor of reinstatement of Professors Safranek, Pucillo, and Lyons, which now has support of a majority of Ave Maria School of Law alumni, is getting notice from some prominent blogging members of the legal community. First, well-known blogger Professor Brian Leiter at University of Texas School of Law links to the petition. Second, Professor Stephen Bainbridge (on his own blog and on Mirror of Justice) links to the petition and to the faculty statement condemning the firings. Professor Bainbridge also gives a few thoughts:
I have been reluctant to comment on the Ave Maria situation in the past, because I do not know all the facts. I am still unwilling to take sides. Yet, as a Catholic legal academic, I now believe that the currect situation at Ave Maria is bringing both Catholicism and Catholic legal education into disrepute. To put it in the economic terms I am most comfortable with, what started out as a local dispute is now generating negative externalities affecting all of us with an interest in Catholic legal education. The contesting sides need to join together and prayerfully seek reconciliation.

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