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

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Compare Yesterday to Today

Many assertions about the Ave Maria School of Law's capacity to attract and retain faculty are being made today.

I looked back in my personal archives of paper that was sent to me from the school in 1999 and 2000 and found this snippet from an AMSOL Press Release dated August 1999, titled "ANNOUNCEMENT OF AVE MARIA SCHOOL OF LAW DRAWS IMMEDIATE INTEREST FROM POTENTIAL STUDENTS, FACULTY AND BENEFACTORS Michael O. Kenney Named Dean of Admissions"

Ann Arbor, MI (August, 1999) Only 120 days after the announcement of its creation and more than a year from the time the doors will be open in the Fall of 2000, the Ave Maria School of Law has already received a sizable number of inquiries from prospective students and faculty members across the country, North America and abroad.� In addition, several unexpected benefactors have stepped forward to offer financial support and donations to the school's library.


According to Ave Maria School of Law's Acting Dean, Joseph L. Falvey, more than 100 inquiries for faculty positions have been received from across the U.S. and Europe. These include distinguished professors from prestigious law schools and partners in the nation's major law firms.

"We are finding that potential faculty members are captivated by the mission of the school and see it as a real opportunity to become involved in an institution that will have a positive impact on society," reported Falvey. "They see it as an enriching place to teach and conduct research."

In addition to the high degree of interest from potential faculty and students, more than $100,000 in unsolicited financial contributions have been received from private donors. Also, five law libraries with a combined total of more than 10,000 volumes have been donated by former and active members of the legal profession.

Those poor donors who coughed up cash never thought they were giving to these people today, I'm sure.

Note the comment about faculty inquiry.