Collier County Sheriff's Honor Guard

Hello Friends,
As I reflect on this past year, I find myself grateful by my surroundings - my family, our students, faculty, alumni, staff, benefactors and dear friends in our community who tirelessly work to keep Ave Law the special place that it is today.
On December 7, the day we reflect and remember the attack on Pearl Harbor, we hosted our Second Annual Veterans Memorial Remembrance Day. Our campus was filled with members of our community veterans and their families and friends.
I'm proud to be a part of this law school as we consistently come together in unity, finding ways to honor our military veterans and striving to be the best law school for our nation's heroes.
I'm also proud of our students who made it through another very successful exam period, some of whom have now officially graduated.
Merry Christmas to you and your families. I look forward to seeing you in the new year.

Kevin Cieply
President and Dean
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Second Annual Veterans Memorial Celebration

Ave Law Honored
Local Heroes 
at the Second Annual 
Veterans Memorial Celebration 
on Pearl Harbor Day
Top right: Ms. Polly Crews viewing her son's name on the Veterans Wall of Honor, Middle left: Ceremony kick-off, Middle right: Bernadette La Paglia, Ladies for Liberty Singing Troupe, and Thelma Hodges, Bottom left: Dean Cieply and his family standing at their Veteran Wall of Honor plaques, Bottom right: Donna Heiser, John Gideon receiving his award, Dean Cieply

On December 7, 2017, Ave Maria School of Law hosted its Second Annual Veterans Memorial Celebration in honor of our nation's veterans. For the first time, we presented the Annual St. Martin of Tours, Patron Saint of Veterans and Soldiers, Hero's Award to three deserving individuals: Major General J. T. (Mike) Coyne, United States Marine Corps (Retired) who served as the Master of Ceremonies and Lieutenant General Richard F. Natonski, United States Marine Corps (Retired) who was our Guest Speaker and newest member of the Ave Law Board of Governors.

The third hero award recipient was long time veteran, Mr. John Gideon, who is 97 years old. Mr. Gideon served in the Navy in WWII. He was at Pearl Harbor on the day of the attack, December 7, 1941. He eventually received a medical discharge from the Navy.
Back by popular demand were the Ladies for Liberty Singing Troupe, dedicated to singing the Andrews sisters style of music, and we were grateful to have the Collier County Sheriff's Honor Guard with us.
It was special having so many local veterans organizations join us from Lee and Collier County, including the Wounded Warriors of Collier County, the Collier County Veterans Council, the Collier County Veteran Service Organization, the Military Officers Association of SWFL, the Jewish War Veterans Post 202, the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Support Our Troops.
Thank you to our External Affairs team for hosting this event and to everyone involved in bringing this event together.
To view press highlights surrounding this event and the school's veteran initiatives, please visit here:

Veterans Wall of Honor and Veteran Legacies at Ave Law

As many of you know, Ave Law created a Veterans Wall of Honor, located immediately inside our law library's front doors. Benefactors, faculty, staff, students, and members of the community may purchase plaques to place on the wall with the name of a veteran. It's a great gift and for those interested, you may contact 239-687-5405 or  visit our website:

Veteran Legacies at Ave Law  is a video tribute project that officially launched on December 7, 2017 during our Second Annual Veterans Memorial Celebration on campus. Veterans Legacies is meant to capture the essence of our fellow veterans and honor each of their experiences served in our country's military service. Interviews range from student veterans, alumni veterans, staff and faculty veterans, Board of Governors veterans, friends and family of veterans and veterans right here in our Ave Law Community.  To learn more about the project, please contact Kristy Kryszczak, Director of Marketing and Communications/Editorial Director, at 239-687-5404 or .

In the Spotlight: Giving Back
Our Student Bar Association organized a very successful toy drive during their Christmas party this year. Ave Law's student organizations staged a friendly competition with one another to see who could raise the most toys. Congratulations is in order for our Military Law Society for their win. Most importantly, our community raised over 250 Toys for Tots! Congratulations to everyone involved in supporting such a great cause.

Our faculty and staff 
participated in a very meaningful giving project this holiday season, donating to our military friends overseas. We sent boxes to Afghanistan and Kuwait to our Marines, Army and Airmen.

I would like to extend a special thank you to Cindy Mariconda, APS, Accounting Manager for leading the charge and handling all of the logistics of this project from start to finish. Having a son in the military, this is something very close to Cindy's heart. 
Catching Up with Alumni
Pictured on the left, alumna Nancy Navarez-Myrick, Class of 2016, received her JAG Certification from the Deputy JAG of the Air Force, Major General Rockwell!

Alumnus William Baaki, Class of 2004, was nominated for appointment as first ward alderman as stated in the Mohawk Valley Compass.

Alumni New Board Members Announcement
The Alumni Association is pleased to announce the new members of the Board of Directors, effective December 1, 2017. 

Joshua D. Molandes, Esq.
Fort Myers, FL
Class of 2014

Benjamin Donovan
Rota, Spain
Class of 2012

James Skyles
Mount Prospect, IL
Class of 2008

Congratulations to the new Alumni Association Board of Directors. Thank you to all alumni who participated in the election.  I would like to extend best wishes to the outgoing Board of Directors. We are thankful for your service to the Alumni Association.

An Engaging Talk

The Latino Law Student Association (LLSA), supervised by Professor Ligia Castaldi, hosted a speaking event on campus. The President of LLSA, Deborah Jean-Enard and Vice-President Reyna Anderson invited psychiatrist Danelia Cardona, M.D. to speak about mental health from a Christian perspective. The talk was titled  "Living with Purpose: making the journey worthwhile."

Faculty  In the News
Professors Jane Adolphe and Kevin Govern  were featured speakers at the Expert Meeting on relevant issues concerning the preparation of the Global Compacts on Migrants and Refugees within the United Nations System, taking place at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw, Poland.

Professor Govern spoke to the group on "National Security Issues from an American Perspective."

Later at the same conference, 
Professor Adolphe spoke to "Issues Concerning The Human Rights of Migrants Approach Per Se."  

Professor Brian Scarneccia  was recently a guest on the EWTN show, "At Home with Jim and Joy" discussing the Society of Catholic Social Scientists, a scholarly organization dedicated to promoting rigorous social scientific research within the parameters of orthodox Catholic doctrine. You may view the segment  here

Meet the Career Services Student Ambassadors
The Career Services Office (CSO) Ambassador program was developed to help bridge the relationship between law students and the CSO, and share information directly from peer to peer. The Career Services team seek students who are enthusiastic, responsible and support the mission of our department, which is to develop, encourage and empower our students on their journey to gain legal experience in law school and beyond.

Please Meet the 2017-2018 Career Services Ambassador Team: 

Ave Law Students: Michele Daley-Peters, Samantha Fortune, Jimmie Bailey, Nicole Santini, Chris Stipek, Alexis Hoover
Nicolette Sellitti,  Taryn Vaughn,  Marina Moussa, Jorge Trueba

Do you know any friends or family interested in law school? Our Admissions application for Fall 2018 entry is open.
Our Admissions office can be contacted for further questions or to set up a tour: 239-687-5420 or .


You're invited to join us for
Ave Maria School of Law's F irst Annual 

Friday, January 12, 2018
12:45 to 1:30 pm Presentation by Dr Alveda King
1:30 pm March for Life, begins at the Commons to Vineyards Boulevard
St. Thomas More Commons, 1025 Commons Circle, Vineyards Campus, Naples
Followed by refreshments
Co-sponsored by the Ave Maria School of Law Lex Vitae Society
and Black Law Students Association (BLSA)

This event is free and open to the public.
Registration is required.

For more information, please contact
Amber Richards at 239-687-5341 or e-mail
Dr. Alveda Celeste King  is an American activist, author and former state representative for the 28th District in the Georgia House of Representatives.

She is a niece of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. and daughter of civil rights activist Rev. A. D. King and his wife Naomi Barber King. A Fox News Channel contributor, she once served as a Senior Fellow at the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution, a conservative Washington, D.C. think-tank. 

 2018 Signature Event Speaker: Newt Gingrich

We're looking forward to welcoming Speaker Gingrich to Naples to present to our Ave Law community on Saturday, February 17, 2018. Please visit the event website for more event details and online ticket sales are open:

I would like to thank our generous sponsors: Ave Maria Mutual Funds   is our Presenting Sponsor. Gulfshore Life  and Naples Daily News  are our Media Spons ors. A special thank you to Cohen & Grigsby for representing Ave Law and being a supportive sponsor. 

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

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Editor/Writer: Kristy Kryszczak, Director of Marketing and Communications/Editorial Director 
Dean's Introduction Video: Ed Neebling, Director of AV
Design: Gwen Fredrickson
Photography:  Tony Zollo, Reagan Rule, Brian Tietz, contributing  community members

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