Founder Tom Monaghan, Dean Kevin Cieply, and the late Ambassador Michael Novak
Hello Friends,
We are fully supportive of our alumni who took the bar exam in Tampa this month. Our thoughts and prayers continue to stay with them. I would like to extend a special thank you to Professor Chris Buscaglia for all of his hard work guiding the students through the rigorous bar prep course, and to Beth Humann '16, for all of her tireless efforts. It was a great team effort. 
This month kicked off the first of many Admissions open houses we will host on campus this Spring. We also had the pleasure of welcoming Pulitzer Prize winner and Fox News panelist, Dr. Charles Krauthammer, to Naples. It was a great event and my sincere thanks to all of you who were able to attend.
I hope you will join me on March 25 when we celebrate our founder, Tom Monaghan's, 80 th birthday with his friends and family at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. 
You are in my thoughts as we prepare for the Lenten season

God Bless,

Kevin Cieply
President and Dean
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Student Bar Association  Announces Election Results
I am happy to share the results of the Student Bar Association elections for the 2017 - 2018 Executive Board and Senate.  Congratulations to our new leadership and also our out-going leadership I commend the tremendous job by the current SBA Executive Board and Senate. I truly felt that the leadership this year was exceptional. 
As to our new SBA Leadership, I look forward to working with the group to make our school the best she can be, and to make the experience for our students exceptional.

Student Bar Association's Executive Board and Senate
Sarah Sulsona '18

Daniel Pardo '19
Courtney Brevard '18

3L Senators
Bartek Milewski '18
Sarah Prosser '18
Kelly Sifford '18
Stephanie Williams '18
2L Senators
Jo e Bare '19
Meredith Lunde '19
Alexis Touras '19
Ave Law Remembers Ambassador Michael Novak

It is with profound sadness that we mourn the passing of Ambassador Michael Novak, one of the most influential Catholic theologians and thought leaders of our time. A respected scholar, novelist, professor, diplomat and journalist, Ambassador Novak was an esteemed lecturer at Ave Maria School of Law, and a treasured friend. He will be greatly missed.

An Evening with Dr. Charles Krauthammer
Top left: Dean Cieply and Dr. Charles Krauthammer,  Top Right: Nancy Nevarez-Myrick '16,  Bottom Right: Sydney McManus,  Tom Garlick and Nancy Garlick, Bottom Right: Dr. Krauthammer 

Ave Law presented a  Signature Event featuring Dr. Charles Krauthammer on Saturday, February 4 to an audience of almost 400 at the Naples Grande Beach Resort. It was a great honor for our school to host Dr. Krauthammer as our Signature Event speaker for a second time. He is one of the most influential commentators in America with incredible depth and knowledge to share with all of us. It was insightful hearing his remarks, especially during the current change in the political climate.
I would like to thank our generous sponsors of the event: Naples Daily News, Mercedes-Benz, WAVV FM Radio, Harmon's AV, and Life in Naples. Thank you, also, to Rick Borman, our moderator, our student speakers, and our wonderful group of volunteers. Proceeds from the event benefitted the Ave Maria School of Law Scholarship Fund.
Dr. Krauthammer has been a recipient of numerous awards, including the 2013 William F. Buckley Award for Media Excellence, the 1984 National Magazine Award for Essays and Criticisms, and the first annual Bradley Prize. Additionally, he has written a syndicated column since 1985 for The Washington Post for which he won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary. It's published weekly in more than 400 newspapers worldwide.
Dr. Krauthammer serves as a contributor for Fox News Channel, appearing nightly on its evening news program, Special Report with Bret Baier. His latest book, Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes and Politics, was a #1 New York Times Bestseller.

SPOTLIGHT ON: Gerard Anglade '17
Gerard with his wife Sharifah M. Clarke Anglade
Gerard Anglade '17

Q: You live on campus in one of the villas with your wife and children. We give you credit for balancing it all while going to law school full time. How do you manage everything? How do you find the family/life culture on campus while you are pursuing your career?
A: It is challenging balancing the roles of father and husband with that of law student, while at the same time developing and nurturing a professional network. One thing I quickly realized is that law school requires complete dedication and is very challenging. Essentially, I am a father and husband by day and a law student by night. I can honestly say that without the unwavering support of several of my professors, I would never have been able to achieve so much. I have learned to look at my professors not simply as teachers, but rather as role models, counselors, and (eventually), as friends. Probably the most challenging aspect of raising and supporting a family in the law school campus environment is that being a husband and father does not have a set schedule. Life can-and will-happen at any moment. Add the stress inherent in law school to the unpredictable nature of fatherhood, and what results can be both wonderful and chaotic. Is it difficult? Without a doubt. But is it worth it? Even more so. All this that I do, I do for my family. And they support me, too.

A Milestone Birthday

On Saturday, March 25, we will celebrate our founder, Tom Monaghan's, 80 th  birthday with those who have been touched by his inspirational life through the years, including his friends and family and the entire Ave Maria School of Law community. We hope you will be able to join us at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort for this joyous occasion. Thank you very much to all of our generous sponsors: Naples Daily News, Ave Maria Radio, Barron Collier Companies, First Florida Integrity Bank, Gulfshore Life, The Ritz-Carlton Naples, Leslie "Mitzi" Magin, Dick and Nancy Klaas, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Carfagna, Joseph C. and Sue Ellen Canizaro, Mary and Mercy Center at Ave Maria, Life in Naples, and one anonymous donor.
For tickets to the event and for more information, we invite you to visit the event website.

For more information, please contact Donna Anthus at 239-687-5403 or

4th Annual  Estate Planning Conference
Registration is open for the 4th Annual Estate Planning Conference which will take place on April 28, 2017. We will be hosting the event at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort for a second year in a row. We're thrilled to welcome back renowned S. Stacy Eastland as our keynote speaker. Nationally recognized speakers on the agenda include Jonathan Gopman, Joan Crain, Jerry Hesch, Tami Conetta, Vicki Eskin, Alan Gassman, Tae Kelley Bronner, Lester Law, Marve Ann Alaimo, Dixon Miller, Susan Cassidy, and Suzanne Brown Walsh. I would like to send a special thank you to our current sponsors including PCE, Northern Trust, Advisors Trust, Capital Wealth Advisors, CliftonLarsonAllen, Farmer & Associates, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Hill, Barth & King LLC, Abbot Downing, and Wells Fargo. 

Please visit the event website for more details and to register. Cost of tickets is $325 per person. 

In The News
Professor Kevin Govern recently visited with the Kresta in the Afternoon radio show to join in on a discussion on how Catholics should react to the current Immigration Ban. If you would like to listen to the segment, it's available for   download.
Professor Govern specializes in International Law, National Security, Military Law and ethics. He began his legal career as an Army Judge Advocate and has also served as an Assistant Professor of Law at the US Military Academy. He has spoken frequently on international and comparative law, national security and homeland security, cyber security and cyber defense, military operations, and professional ethics.

Do you know anyone considering law school? Our Open House events are hosted by the Admissions team and we invite all those interested in visiting our Southwest Florida campus they may discover why Ave Maria School of Law is the best law school choice for them.
For further information, our Admissions Department can be contacted at   or call (239) 687-5420.

VITA Tax Clinic

A friendly reminder that the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Clinic takes place every spring semester on campus to assist low income individuals with processing their taxes free of charge. In exchange, volunteers receive pro bono hours and are recognized at the end of the school season. 

For appointments or any questions, please contact Bibiana Potestad at or (786) 246-3916.

Bloodmobile on Campus
The Knights of Columbus at Ave Maria School of Law, in cooperation with the Community Blood Center, are organizing a blood donation drive on Thursday, March 23,  here on the Ave Law campus. We need the participation of the entire AMSL community to help make this blood drive a success. The bloodmobile will be here from 1:00 PM- 4:00 PM.
  Please boost blood supplies in our area and help save lives with your blood donation!


A magnificent Veterans Memorial Wall of Honor is on permanent display in the Ave Law's  Veterans Memorial Law Library entry hall on campus. On this wall the names of our nation's fallen heroes, veterans and those currently serving in the armed forces will be prominently displayed as a lasting legacy. A plaque can be inscribed with the Veterans name and rank for a 
$2,500 donation .
To pledge your support and order a plaque on the Veterans Memorial Wall of Honor please  click here, or  contact Sharon Sparrow at 239-687-5344 or email her at 

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