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Thursday, June 18, 2009

AveWatch: Monaghan Argues AMSL Is Exempt as a Religious Institution

AveWatch reports that this past Wednesday, there was a hearing in Washtenaw County Court in the faculty lawsuit. The parties argued their respective positions on a motion for summary disposition filed by Monaghan, in which Monaghan's attorneys argued that the case should be dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction due to the doctrine of ecclesiastical abstention and the ministerial exception. It seems that the argument goes as follows: Ave Maria School of Law is a religious institution and tenured faculty are "ministers" of this religious institution; therefore, the Court is barred from inquiring into employment decisions and into the governance of the school. AveWatch has copies of the defendants' motion and the plaintiffs' response. AveWatch has plenty of analysis too. A written opinion resolving the motion is set to be issued within 30 days.

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