The Naples News article goes on to state:
The law school signed a four-year lease with the university to use the property in January. The law school plans to relocate again to Ave Maria town, but there's no timetable for that move, school officials have said.Right... no institutional connection.
Ave Maria University founder and chancellor Tom Monaghan also founded the law school and sits on both boards, but there's no institutional connection between the two schools.
Again, what's interesting is that the Naples News has posted a memorandum of the lease agreement. The language states that the landlord is "Ave Maria University, Inc., a Florida not-for-profit corporation" and the tenant is "Ave Maria School of Law, Inc., a Michigan nonprofit corporation registered with the State of Florida as a foreign not-for-profit corporation." Paul Roney as Treasurer and CFO, signed for Ave Maria University or Landlord, and Eugene Milhizer as "Acting Dean" signed for Ave Maria Law School or Tenant.
I guess it would have looked weird to have a document where Tom Monaghan signed as both the Landlord and Tenant. (Monaghan could have done that, couldn't he? After all, isn't Monaghan CEO of Ave Maria University, Inc. and CEO of Ave Maria School of Law, Inc.?)
Also, note that Milhizer is only "Acting Dean." That's because Bernard Dobranski is still Dean and President of the law school. Finally, the document was prepared by a familiar Ave Maria Law grad at the offices of Roetzel & Andress. Good to see that Ave Maria grads still have legal work in this economy!