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

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Dobranski Resignation Email to Alumni

From: Wagner, David
Sent: Mon 9/21/2009 5:38 PM
To: All Alumni
Subject: Personnel Update

Dear Fellow Alumni: Shortly after the announcement of Dean Dobranski's resignation as Dean and President of Ave Maria School of Law, Dean Milhizer published an internal email recognizing Dean Dobranski's service to our school. I thought that you might be interested in seeing this message (I have also included the announcement), and so I share it with you today. It reads as follows:
On behalf of the entire law school community, I would like to take this opportunity to express my profound gratitude to Bernard Dobranski for his vision, leadership, and dedication to Ave Maria School of Law upon his resignation as its President and Dean. Dean Dobranski's decade-long tenure as our founding dean was marked by a number of outstanding accomplishments. Among these is that our Law School achieved full ABA accreditation in the shortest possible time, brought Judge Robert Bork to the faculty, and attracted an impressive array of speakers including Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. I am personally indebted to Dean Dobranski for the guidance and counsel he has generously provided to me. I look forward with great anticipation to his continuing contributions to our Law School in his new role as Dean Emeritus and as a Professor of Law.

I ask that each of you extend to Dean Emeritus Dobranski your well-earned gratitude for his service and congratulate him on receiving this latest honor in his long and distinguished career.

Eugene R. Milhizer
Acting President and Acting Dean
Ave Maria School of Law
---Original Announcement---

Subject: Message from Chairman Monaghan to the AMSL Community

Date: August 21, 2009

Dear Ave Maria School of Law Community:

At a meeting of the Ave Maria School of Law Board of Governors yesterday (Thursday, August 20, 2009), the Board accepted the resignation of Dean and President Bernard Dobranski. Following this action, the Board of Governors then appointed him Dean Emeritus and elected him to serve as a member of the Board of Governors. He will also continue as a tenured Professor of Law on the Law School faculty. On the occasion of these important events, the Board of Governors would like to thank Dean Dobranski for his long and distinguished service as the Law School's founding Dean and President.

At the same meeting, the Board of Governors appointed Acting Dean Eugene R. Milhizer to the position of Acting President of Ave Maria School of Law, in addition to his duties he has been filling for some time as Acting Dean of the Law School and as a tenured Professor of Law. The Board thanks Dean Milhizer for his outstanding service as Acting Dean since April 2008, and has confidence in his future service as both Acting Dean and Acting President.

Finally, the Board of Governors has authorized the commencement of a search process for the office of Dean and President of the Law School. The process will be transparent and thorough, and it may take several months. The Board will welcome an application by Acting Dean and Acting President Milhizer as a candidate.

I will close by congratulating all those involved with the successful relocation of the Law School from Ann Arbor, Michigan to Naples, Florida. You should take great pride in this singular accomplishment.


Thomas S. Monaghan
David N. Wagner, '07
Director of Externship and
Post-Graduate Affairs
Ave Maria School of Law
1025 Commons Blvd.
Naples, Florida 34119