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

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Dobranski Email Re: US News Rankings

From: Dobranski, Bernard
Sent: Friday, March 28, 2008 11:03
To: All Law System Distribution
Subject: US News & World Report

Dear Law School Community,

As some of you may be aware by now, U.S. News & World Report has issued its rankings for the current year and once again they have placed Ave Maria School of Law in the fourth tier. While I have said repeatedly that I do not put a lot of faith in the accuracy of such reports, I realize that some people do attach importance to this ranking. I am also aware that such a ranking can have an impact on our ability to attract students and place our graduates in quality jobs. And so we take this seriously and will continue to work hard to make improvements to the quality of education we offer, including in the areas U.S. News & World Report uses to compose its rankings. I am confident that we will continue to make progress in these areas.

Dean Bernard Dobranski

UPDATE: Excerpt from faculty resolution of no confidence made two years ago, April 10, 2006:

WHEREAS, Dean Dobranski's statements led the faculty, alumni, current students, and prospective students to believe that the Law School was committed to achieving a first-tier ranking among law schools fully approved by the ABA;

WHEREAS, Dean Dobranski, despite purporting to have intimate familiarity with the methodology employed by U.S. News and World Report in ranking, acknowledges that he was taken by surprise when the Law School was ranked for the first time in March 2006;

WHEREAS, Dean Dobranski acknowledges that he failed to undertake all the foreseeable and reasonable best efforts that could have been made in seeking to attain a higher ranking than the fourth tier;

WHEREAS, Dean Dobranski, despite the Law School's bottom-tier ranking, and although acknowledging that the looming question of a relocation to Florida threatens a significant detrimental impact upon the Law School's current educational program, supports the Board's decision to proceed with the pending feasibility study and refuses to encourage the Board of Governors to take immediate available measures to effectively eliminate this instability;