Telephone: 239-304-8010

URL: http://www.avemarialaw.edu


Ave Maria School of Law is a national Catholic law school dedicated to educating lawyers with the finest professional skills. Formed by outstanding professional training, the Law School's graduates are equipped for leading positions in law firms, corporate legal offices, the judiciary, and national, state, and local government.


The Law School's curriculum, enriched by a grounding in natural law and the enduring truths of the Catholic intellectual tradition, ensures a rigorous intellectual environment, grounds students in the fundamentals of the law, and develops both their knowledge and the skills critical to the intelligent practice of the profession. The curriculum also develops in its students an informed and mature judgment through which they analyze and approach those issues and problems presented by the practice of law.


Ave Maria's students have come from 49 states, Canada, and several other nations. Many students matriculate at Ave Maria School of Law after receiving graduate degrees, or enjoying successful careers as accountants, engineers, salespersons, social workers, educators, or military officers.


A significant number of Ave Maria graduates have been selected to clerk for federal court judges, with graduates being so selected for 55 clerkships. Approximately one half of graduates enter into private practice following graduation, while others choose to enter into public interest law, the military, and government employment as a result their desire to serve their communities and society at large.


Ave Maria School of Law’s faculty consists of a talented group of legal scholars, including former United States Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork. Faculty members have taught at law schools throughout the country, worked at major law firms and state and federal government agencies, served in the Judge Advocate General's Corps, and clerked for judges on the United States Court of Appeals.


The Research, Writing and Advocacy Program (RWA) at Ave Maria School of Law is an innovative three-semester program designed to teach the fundamentals of legal practice. Although an emphasis on effective and persuasive legal writing is at the heart of the program, each semester has a different focus. The first semester focuses on analysis and research where students learn the role of lawyer as counselor and gain experience in traditional methods of legal research.


 Second semester focus is advocacy, when students, through the St. Thomas More Moot Court competition, write an appellate brief and present an oral argument before a panel of faculty and practicing lawyers. The finalists for the St. Thomas More Moot Court competition argue before a three-judge panel that includes State and Federal judges. The third semester of RWA, taken in the second year of law school, prepares students for the actual practice of law. Each student handles a legal controversy from beginning to end. In this context, students learn advanced computer-assisted research techniques; pleading and motion practice; introduction to trial practice; and introduction to alternative dispute resolution.


Ave Maria law students can complement their classroom study through participation in the Law School's three clinical course offerings. The clinic allows students to apply and refine many of the skills first gained in the RWA program. Working under the close supervision of faculty clinicians, students represent a variety of clients, including asylum seekers, immigrants, and individuals and small companies seeking patent protection.


The Law Library's collection is designed to meet the research needs and facilitate the education of its students, satisfy the demands of the Law School curriculum, and supports the teaching, research, and service interests of the faculty. The collection is particularly strong in American federal and state materials, Canon law and Catholic Social Thought titles. Emphasis is also given to emerging areas of the law, such as cyberlaw and e-commerce, bioethics and the law, and elder law. Students have access to an extensive array of electronic databases, both law and non-law, through the Law School Network.


 Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Ave Maria School of Law will, effective with the summer of 2009, relocate to Collier County in southwest Florida. This new location in Naples will provide the Law School increased opportunities to enhance its academic programs, provide students with a wide array of clinical and externship opportunities, and serve a rapidly developing area that is without a law school.


President and Professor of Law: Bernard Dobranski (734) 827-8043

Acting Dean and Associate Professor of Law: Eugene R. Milhizer (734) 827-8071

Acting Dean for Academic Affairs: Mitch Counts (734) 827-8175

Associate Dean for Admissions and External Affairs:

Charles W. Roboski (734) 827-8064

Assistant Dean of Career Services: Michelle Zyskowski (734) 827-8066

Chaplain: Rev. Michael Orsi (734) 827-8068

Director of Finance and Administration: Susan Kerry (734) 827-8069

Interim Director of Development: C. William Colburn (734) 827-8077

Director of Financial Aid: JoAnn Maseman (734) 827-8051

Director of Law Library & Information Technology:

Janice Selberg (734) 827-8038

Registrar: Angela Kojiro (734) 827-8053

Associate Dean for Student Affairs: Kaye Castro (734) 827-8053




EUGENE R. MILHIZER, (Law Professor), born Detroit, Michigan, February 4, 1954; admitted to bar, 1979, Michigan. Education: University of Michigan (B.A., 1976); University of Michigan School of Law (J.D., 1979); Judge Advocate General’s School (L.L.M., 1988). COURSES:Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Military Law, National Security Law. Email:ermilhizer @ avemarialaw.edu


JANE ADOLPHE, (Law Professor), born Calgary, Alberta, Canada, September 27, 1962; admitted to bar, 1992, Alberta; 1995, New York. Education: University of Calgary (B.A., 1985); University of McGill (LL.B.; B.C.L., 1990); Pontificia Universita della Santa Croce (Licentiate in Canon Law, 1997; Doctorate in Canon Law, 2002). COURSES:International Law, Canon Law, Criminal Law, Family Law, International Human Rights. Email:jadolphe @ avemarialaw.edu


W. EDWARD AFIELD, (Law Professor), born Tampa, Florida, January 31, 1976; admitted to bar, 2001, Florida. Education: Harvard College (AB., 1998); Columbia Law School (J.D., 2001); University of Florida Levin College of Law (LL.M., 2005). COURSES:Taxation, Property. Email:weafield @ avemarialaw.edu


ROBERT HERON BORK, (Law Professor), born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 1, 1927; admitted to bar, 1953, Illinois; 1977, District of Columbia. Education: University of Chicago (B.A., 1948; J.D., 1953). COURSES:Moral Foundations of Law, Antitrust. Email:rhbork @ avemarialaw.edu


LIGIA DE JESUS, (Law Professor), Education: Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras (Law Degree, 1999); University of Groningen (LL.M., 2001); Harvard Law School (LL.M., 2004). COURSES: Family Law, Children and the law. Email:ldejesus @ avemarialaw.edu


BERNARD DOBRANSKI, (Law Professor), born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 3, 1939; admitted to bar, 1964, Virginia. Education: University of Notre Dame (B.B.A., 1961); University of Virginia (J.D., 1964). COURSES:Jurisprudence, Moral Foundations of Law, Labor Law, Federal Courts, Collective Bargaining, Arbitration, Administrative Law, Criminal Law, Law and Film. Email:bdobranski @ avemarialaw.edu


ELIZABETH M. DONOVAN, (Law Professor), born Rockville Centre, New York, October 16, 1963; admitted to bar, 1990, Michigan; 1991 Washington; 1992, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit and District of Columbia. Education: State University of New York at Albany (B.A., 1985); University of Michigan (M.A., 2000); University of Washington School of Law (J.D., 1990). COURSES:Immigration, Asylum, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Client Representation, Practicum. Email: emdonovan @ avemarialaw.edu


ALICE C. ELKIN, (Law Professor), born Detroit, Michigan, February 4, 1967; admitted to bar, 1992, Michigan. Education: Wayne State University (B.A., 1989); Wayne State University School of Law (J.D., 1992). COURSES:Legal Research and Writing. Email:aelkin @ avemarialaw.edu


JAMES PARRY EYSTER, (Law Professor), born Perrysburg, Ohio, October 19, 1952; admitted to bar, 1980, New York; 1985, Michigan. Education: Princeton University (A.B., 1974); Fordham University School of Law (J.D., 1979). COURSES:Immigration, Entertainment, Asylum. Email:jpeyster @ avemarialaw.edu


FRANCIS J. FODALE, (Law Professor), born Detroit, Michigan, October 18, 1938; admitted to bar, 1965, Michigan; 1988, U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit. Education: University of Detroit (B.A.E., 1961); Georgetown Law Center (J.D., 1964). COURSES: Patent Law, Intellectual Property Law. Email:ffodale @ avemarialaw.edu


PATRICK T. GILLEN, (Law Professor), born Newark, New Jersey, July 28, 1964; admitted to bar, 1992, Michigan; 1997, North Carolina. Education: Providence College (B.A., 1986); Fordham University Graduate School (M.A., American History, 1988); University of Notre Dame (J.D., 1992); University of Notre Dame Graduate School (Ph.D., American History, 2004). COURSES:Civil Procedure, Federal Courts, Appellate Practice, Evidence. Email:ptgillen @ avemarialaw.edu


KEVIN H. GOVERN, (Law Professor), born Indianapolis, Indiana, October 12, 1962; admitted to bar, 1987, Wisconsin. Education: Marquette University (B.A., 1984); Marquette Law School (J.D., 1987); The Judge Advocate General’s School (LL.M., 1995); University of Notre Dame Law School (LL.M., 2004). COURSES:Administrative Law, Federal Courts, International Law. Email:khgovern @ avemarialaw.edu


JOSEPH M. ISANGA, (Law Professor), born Jinja, Uganda, July 23, 1964; admitted to bar, 2007, Michigan. Education: Makerere University Law Faculty (LL.B., 2003); Law Development Centre (Diploma Legal Practice, 2004); University of Notre Dame (LL.M., 2004; J.S.D., 2006). COURSES: International Law, Jurisprudence, Law, Ethics and Public Policy. Email:jmisanga @ avemarialaw.edu


JASON C. JONES, (Law Professor), born Lansing, Michigan, September 25, 1979; admitted to bar, 2005, Virginia; 2007, Michigan. Education: Michigan State University (B.A., 2001; J.D., 2005). COURSES: Contracts, Sales. Email: jasoncarljones @ gmail.com


BARBARA A. KALINOWSKI, (Law Professor), born Detroit, Michigan, November 17, 1968; admitted to bar, 1993, Michigan. Education: University of Michigan (B.A., 1989); Wayne State University of Law School (J.D., 1993). COURSES:Research, Writing & Advocacy. Email:bakalinowski @ avemarialaw.edu


MICHAEL O. KENNEY, (Law Professor), born Toledo, Ohio, December 27, 1958; admitted to bar, 1983, Michigan; 1986, Ohio. Education: University of Notre Dame (A.B., 1980); University of Notre Dame Law School (J.D., 1983); George Washington University Law School (LL.M., 1993). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Professional Responsibility, Environmental. Email:mokenney @ avemarialaw.edu


CHARLES IMRE LUGOSI, (Law Professor), born Brantford, Ontario, Canada, March 14, 1956; admitted to bar, 1981, Ontario; 1982, British Columbia; 2007, Michigan. Education: University of Western Ontario (LL.B., 1979); University of Pennsylvania (LL.M., 2001; M.B.E., 2002; S.J.D., 2005). COURSES: Torts, Bioethics, Health Care Law, Constitutional Law. Email:cilugosi @ avemarialaw.edu


J. KIRKLAND MILLER, (Law Professor), born Pontiac, Michigan, December 24, 1960; admitted to bar, 1993, Michigan. Education: Oakland University (B.A., 1986); Michigan State University College of Law (J.D., 1993). COURSES: Legal Research, Writing and Advocacy, Negotiation, Client Counseling. Email: jkmiller @ avemarialaw.edu


MAUREEN M. MILLIRON, (Law Professor), born Detroit, Michigan, April, 26, 1966; admitted to bar, 1993, Michigan. Education: University of Michigan (B.A., 1988); Detroit College of Law (J.D., with honors, 1993). COURSES:Research Writing & Advocacy, Litigation, Client Representation, Mediation, Negotiation. Email: mmmilliron @ avemarialaw.edu


MOLLIE ANN MURPHY, (Law Professor), born Marion, Ohio, August 12, 1955; admitted to bar, 1980, Ohio; 1982, District of Columbia. Education: St. Mary’s College (B.A., 1977); Notre Dame Law School (J.D., 1980). COURSES:Torts, Complex Litigation, Advanced Torts, Mass Torts, Civil Procedure. Email: mmurphy @ avemarialaw.edu


RICHARD S. MYERS, (Law Professor), born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 26, 1955; admitted to bar, 1981, Ohio; 1982, District of Columbia. Education: Kenyon College (B.A., 1977); Notre Dame Law School (J.D., 1980). COURSES:Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, Antitrust. Email:rmyers @ avemarialaw.edu


NORA O’CALLAGHAN, (Law Professor), born Chicago, July 25, 1963; admitted to bar, 1996, Illinois. Education: University of Illinois (B.A., 1985); Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1996). COURSES:Constitutional Law, First Amendment, Religious Freedom, Bioethics, Criminal Law. Email:nocallaghan @ avemarialaw.edu


PATRICK T. QUIRK, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1989, Queensland; 1991, New South Wales. Education: University of Queensland (B.A., 1986; LL.B., 1989); University of Tubingen (LL.M., 1993). COURSES:Secured Transactions, Internet Commerce, European Union Law, International Business Transactions. Email: pquirk @ avemarialaw.edu


TOREE S. RANDALL, (Law Professor), Education: Western Michigan University (B.S., 1993); Thomas M. Cooley Law School (J.D., 1996). COURSES:Legal Research, Writing and Advocacy. Email:tsrandall @ avemarialaw.edu


DANIEL P. RYAN, (Law Professor), born Detroit, Michigan, February 7, 1962; admitted to bar, 1987, Indiana; 1989, Michigan. Education: University of Detroit (B.A., 1984); University of Nevada (Masters, 2000); University of Notre Dame (J.D., 1987). COURSES:Trial Practice, Evidence, Criminal Law and Procedure, Sales and Contract Law. Email:dpryan @ avemarialaw.edu


D. BRIAN SCARNECCHIA, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, Ohio. Education: Youngstown State University (B.A., 1976); Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (M.Div., 1983); University of Akron (J.D., 1990). COURSES:Property Damage, Origins of the Constitution, Bioethics.


JANICE K. SELBERG, (Law Professor), born Waterford, Michigan, December 6, 1953; admitted to bar, 1985, Michigan. Education: Michigan State University (B.A., 1976); University of Michigan (M.A., 1977); Michigan State University College of Law (J.D., 1985); Wayne State University (M.A. Cert., 2004). COURSES:Advanced Legal Research, Legislative History. Email:jkselberg @ avemarialaw.edu


CONRAD STURM, (Law Professor), born Toronto, Ontario, Canada, December 19, 1976; Education: McMaster University (B.A., honors, 2000); Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center (J.D., 2003); University of Sydney (LL.M., 2004). COURSES:Lawyering Skills. Email:csturm @ avemarialaw.edu