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

Friday, July 04, 2008

Naples News Article on ABA Compliance

The Naples News reports on the resolution of the faculty complaint to the ABA:
In an e-mail this week to the law school community, Ave Maria Acting Dean Eugene Milhizer wrote that the American Bar Association (ABA) has ended its investigation into the school's ability to attract and maintain competent faculty and found the school in compliance with the organization's standards.

"The important thing to me is that it demonstrates we've been working closely and collaboratively with the ABA and it allows us to look to the future," Milhizer said in a telephone interview.

Milhizer said the investigation, which was initiated after members of the school's faculty filed a complaint against the school two years ago, did not affect Ave Maria's full accreditation with the ABA and did not place any requirements or restrictions on the school. He declined further comment on the ABA decision, citing the confidentiality of the organization's proceedings.

An ABA official declined comment on Milhizer's e-mail.

"I am not able to either confirm or deny the statement issued by Acting Dean Milhizer, due to confidentiality rules applicable to ABA approval of law schools," ABA Spokeswoman Nancy Slonim said in an e-mail.
The article has reaction from alumni on both sides of the issue:
Laura Hoffman, a 2007 graduate, said she wanted more information from Ave Maria administration, given what she said was an inadequate response from the school to other matters involving the ABA.

"I am not sure there is a full understanding of what this means for Ave Maria unless and until greater clarification is provided," Hoffman said in an e-mail.

"It is difficult for me to embrace the administration's response from these previous instances of providing us only a limited perspective of what was said by the ABA's communications."

But Robb Klucik, a 2003 graduate who's an attorney at Naples law firm Roetzel & Andress, said that the ABA's decision was "obviously great news" for the law school.

"It's an indication that the school has been doing what it should be doing and that most of the complaints or all of the complaints are not borne out by a neutral third party," Klucik said.
The article ends with this old chestnut:
The law school has no institutional affiliation with Ave Maria University, currently in eastern Collier County, but Domino's Pizza magnate Tom Monaghan founded both schools and he sits on their boards.