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

Friday, January 16, 2009

St. Thomas Law School Shows Up AMSL Yet Again

If you remember, the University of St. Thomas Law School in Minnesota, a new Catholic law school, debuted in the Third Tier of the US News rankings (where it now rests) in striking contrast to 4th Tier Ave Maria School of Law. It now looks like St. Thomas is firmly staking its claim as the best Catholic law school in the country. From Mirror of Justice:
The University of St. Thomas Law School is announcing the establishment of its Prolife Advocacy Center on January 22, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Professor Teresa Collett will serve as Director of the Center and Professor Michael Paulsen will serve as Chair of the Board of Advisors to the Center. The center grows out of our commitment to reverse Roe v. Wade, insure legal protection for the lives of all innocent human beings, and stop the international spread of the jurisprudence of death.
Don't get me wrong: asylum and immigration rights is worthy legal work, but St. Thomas wins this round.

As for treatment of prominent Catholic legal academics whose names start with "R" and end with "ice," well, let's just say there is no competition between St. Thomas and AMSL:
Later that same day, one of the first events of the Center will be a cosponsored lecture by Professor Charles Rice of Notre Dame on how Roe v. Wade has contributed to the death of the founders' vision of the American republic, a view he outlined in his most recent book, "The Winning Side, Why the Culture of Death is Dying." Dr. Rice's expertise is described on his webpage (here). The lecture will be from 3:30 to 4:30 in the Moot Court Room of the Law School, with a reception following. If you're in the Twin Cities next week, please join us.