Ave Maria School of Law 2016 - 2017 Dean's Delegates

Dear Friends,
I want to congratulate all of our students who have successfully made it through the mid-term period this semester. We're proud of you and your hard work.
Last month I shared the exciting news about our law library being renamed the "Veterans Memorial Law Library." We are very grateful to a group of founders who have pledged their support to make this dream come true.
I sincerely hope you will join me for the official dedication of the law library on December 7, Pearl Harbor Day. We are planning a very special celebration for the Ave Law community to honor our nation's heroes. 
I also invite you to consider participating in our Veterans Memorial Wall of Honor that will be prominently placed on the entry hall of the library. On this wall the names of our nation's fallen heroes, veterans, and those currently serving in the armed forces will be distinctly displayed as a lasting legacy. By pledging your support, you can be a part of this lasting tribute to honor a loved one. More information can be found in this month's newsletter. 

My thanks to the entire Ave Law Community, and to you, for making each day at Ave Law a blessing.

Kevin Cieply
President and Dean

For more information on Ave Maria School of Law news and events, visit our website . 
Top row: Andrea Phillips '17, Kathleen Mullally '18, David Lockhard '17, Bibiana Potestad '17, Jessica Bermudez '18, Victor Bermudez '18, Therese Desilets '18, Dean Cieply, Nina Veronica Llerena '17, Maria Contreras '17
Front row: Walter James Morris '17, Kenia Ines Castillo '17, Holly Paar '17, Naomi Hatton '17

I am pleased to announce the 2016-2017 Dean's Delegates for this year. This unique group of students have been chosen to be ambassadors for the school, representing Ave Law at various events, providing campus tours for donors, and reaching out to our Ave Law community keeping us connected. Please join me in congratulating each of them for this honor and accomplishment. 

Ave Law is a  Military Friendly Campus
Last month we shared the exciting news about our law library being renamed the "Veterans Memorial Library." I wanted to share other opportunities that are currently available or will soon be available to our military families.
Veterans Scholarships: Ave Law is an approved institution to provide training to students who are eligible to receive Veterans Educational Benefits through the Post 9/11 GI Bill and the Yellow Ribbon Program. For more information on scholarships, please contact the Admissions office at (239) 687-5420 or info@avemarialaw.edu.

Veterans Law Clinic: A proposed clinic will give our students the opportunity to help veterans with much needed assistance to secure disability benefits and other consumer legal issues provided pro bono.

Veterans Memorial Law Library: Our law library will provide the legal research necessary to assist the Veterans Law Clinic.

Veterans Resource Center and Veterans Advocate:
A dedicated Veterans Advocate will be available to coordinate the special needs of our Veteran law students and their spouses and to assist with their transition from military life to pursing their law degree. A Veterans Resource Center will provide information on community services, housing, and the opportunity for socialization for veterans and their families.

We are building our Veterans section of the website and invite you to check back for updates: 
Please SAVE-THE-DATE and JOIN US for a Special Event 
on December 7, Pearl Harbor Day .
Ave Law will dedicate the new Veterans Memorial Law Library at 4:00 pm. 
 A reception on campus follow the dedication.  More details to come.
"Can You Honor
A Veteran?"
Please consider making a donation to the Founding Members Naming Program and Veterans Wall of Honor Initiative for the Veterans Memorial Law Library. 

For more information, please contact
Donna C. Heiser, Chief Advancement & Communications Officer, (239) 687-5405 or dheiser@avemarialaw.edu.

Gregory T. Holtz Estate Planning and General Practice Clinic
Professor Greg Holtz with his family and Monsignor Frank McGrath
On October 7, we held a Mass and Dedication Ceremony in honor of Professor Gregory Holtz thanking him for his contributions to the school. The Estate Planning and General Practice Clinic is now named the "Gregory T. Holtz Estate Planning and General Practice Clinic." Professor Holtz was joined by his wife, brother and son, myself, Monsignor McGrath and staff members, along with some of his students. Thank you, Professor Holtz, for all that you do for the Ave Law Community.
Jose Linares '19 graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2012 where he studied Spanish, Criminal Justice, and Military Science. He did humanitarian work in Russia and traveled to Bogota, Colombia, and Mexico City for cultural immersion and studies. While in Mexico, he spent time at the U.S. Embassy and learned about counter-narcotics and counter-human-trafficking operations. He put his goals of being an attorney on hold to serve in the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division, 1st Battalion 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment. Jose was deployed to Afghanistan in 2014, where he earned his Combat Infantryman's Badge.
"While deployed, I could see the love of God in the faces of the little village children who would smile and greet us as we patrolled through the valley to protect them and their families. Few people were defending the sanctity of their lives besides us."
"For me, it was in the eyes of those little children where God re-confirmed my desire to be a legal professional. I chose to matriculate at Ave Maria School of Law because I know she stands in firm defense of the sanctity of every human life, and true Justice always defends the weak and helpless ones - the little ones without a voice."
Jose moved to Naples this May so he could begin the 1L Summer-Start Program. "I performed well this summer, thanks to the quality of our professors. It has been all the more rewarding because of the Christian community here, namely the St. Thomas More Society and Lex Vitae Society members. Our Chaplain is an amazing counselor and steward. My wife and I are awaiting the birth of our first little girl, and we are blessed to be where our family and Faith can grow while I strive for success in the legal profession."
Professor Brian Scarnecchia was asked to travel to Ghana as a representative and member of the Board of Directors of the International Society of Catholic Social Scientists (SCSS) to speak at a conference on "Environmental Protection: The Ghanaian Experience." It was hosted by the Ghana chapter of the SCSS and held in Accra, Ghana on September 23-24. His lecture on "Legal Principles Applicable to Human Ecology and Nature" was well received. The Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra, Most Reverand Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle, asked for our continued support of his efforts to address environmental degradation and a culture of corruption in Ghana and West Africa. Professor Scarnecchia was so well received that he's been asked to assist in future conferences for all of West Africa on morality and law.
Professor Scott Daniels invited students from his class to attend Oral Arguments from 2nd DCA judges on October 14. The judges spoke with the students in a small Q&A session afterwards in the Judges' conference room. It was an honor for Professor Daniels and the students to be invited to a discussion outside of the courtroom. Typically judges would address the students in the court, but they were enjoying the group conversation which continued on. Congratulations to Professor Daniels and his class.

I am pleased to announce that Paula Johnson has been promoted to the tile of Administrative Services Coordinator. In addition to continuing to support Finance and Facilities, she will also provide assistance to the Dean's Office. Please join me in congratulating her on this expanded role serving our school.

On Thursday, October 20, the Immigration Law Society hosted an event on campus and invited Immigration attorney Casey Wolff, Esq. as the special guest speaker. He and our Director of the Law Library and Assistant Professor of Law, Ulysses Jaen, discussed the importance and intricacies of a career path in Immigration Law.
Ave Law students supporting our vets

Sean Lux '18 is the Founder and Director of the Southwest Florida Honor Flight Program. Honor flights have a meaningful purpose where they transport our Veterans to Washington, D.C. to be honored at their memorial. Our students make an effort to travel to Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers to support our Veterans in the program.
There's an opportunity to come and say thank you to our veterans as they return from the war memorials in Washington, D.C. on October 29 at 9:00 pm at RSW airport. You may visit http://www.collierhonorflight.org for more information. 

There's still time to sign up for the LSAT Prep Course we are hosting on our campus on the following dates: October 29 & 30 and November 5 & 6. It's a 20 hour course taught by State of Mind Test Prep founder Brandon Cohen. Brandon scored a perfect score of 180 on his LSAT! His company was founded in 2012 with the goal of offering the highest level of LSAT preparation to the most students, with the extra-added benefit of a personal touch. The cost is $199 and veterans will receive complimentary registration.
If you know anyone who is gearing up to take the LSAT and may have interest in this course, visit this link for additional information and to register.

We have two very exciting events happening in 2017. We hope you will be able to join us. 

will be our Faith & Reason Signature Event Speaker on February 4.
On March 25,
we will celebrate our founder
's birthday.

Please visit our website to find more details on both events and purchase tickets.

Every Wednesday
8:15 a.m.
Cardinal O'Connor Conference Room 
Friday, January 20, 2017
Ave Law Campus, Vineyards Boulevard

Register for $199, Veterans receive complimentary registration
October 29 & 30, November 5 & 6
St. Thomas More Commons Building, Rm 110
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Faith and Reason Signature Event with 
Dr. Charles Krauthammer
Naples Grande Beach Resort
For more information, please contact 
Donna Anthus at 239-687-5403 or
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Non-Traditional Legal Career Fair
2:30 - 4:30 p.m. 
Administration Building Lobby 
For more information, please contact Jennifer Lucas Ross at jlross@avemarialaw.edu or 239-687-5351. 

Saturday, March 25, 2017
Founder's Birthday Gala for Mr. Monaghan
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort
For more information, please contact 
Donna Anthus at 239-687-5403 or

Prospect Open House Hosted by
the Ave Law Admissions Team
Saturday, November 12, 2016
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
St .Thomas More Commons, Room 110
President and Dean Kevin Cieply and members of the faculty will be in attendance.

Mental Health & Wellness Week 
The Ave Law Student Bar Association is hosting Mental Health & Wellness Week beginning Monday, November 7 and running through Saturday, November 12. Please join us on campus for a week of activities to raise awareness of the importance of our mental and physical health. 

For more information, please contact Bibiana Potestad '17, bpotestad@avemarialaw.edu.


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