Pictured above (L to R)  Kevin Cieply, President and Dean, Andrew Riordan, Class of 2016 and President Student Bar Association, Siobhan Bonilla, Class of 2017 and President, Black Law Students Association, Governor Mitt Romney, Monica Kelly, Class of 2016 and President, The Federalist Society, Micki Hurvitz, Class of 2017 and President, Woman's Law Association Society and Daniel Whitehead, Class of 2017 and President, St. Thomas More Society.

Dear Friends,
We were so honored to welcome Governor Mitt Romney as our Faith and Reason Signature Event speaker on February 10th. It was a memorable day for us, enjoyed by almost 300 members of the Ave Maria School of Law community and invited guests. To those of you who joined us, I hope you enjoyed the event as much as I did. In particular, I want to thank Tom Monaghan for inviting Governor Romney, Rick Borman for his excellent work serving as our Master of Ceremonies and moderating the presentation with Governor Romney, Board of Governors member Ed Staros and his team at the Ritz-Carlton for the beautiful venue, Nancy Nevarez-Myrick for leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance, and to our students Drew Riordan, Siobhan Bonilla, Monica Kelly, Micki Hurvitz and Daniel Whitehead who honored us by serving as Student Ambassadors and participating in the program. My sincere thanks as well to Monsignor Frank McGrath, Jean Takacs, Donna Anthus, Amanda Eberl and to the many volunteers who helped to create this outstanding event. As we continue to prepare for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday with penance, reflection, and fasting, I wish each of you the blessings of this Lenten season.  

God Bless,
Kevin Cieply
President and Dean
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The Sad Passing of Justice Antonin Scalia

Justice Scalia shown above with Tom Monaghan, Dean Emeritus Dobranski, faculty and board members on our campus in Michigan.

All of us at Ave Maria School of Law are mourning the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia over the weekend. Our prayers are with his family during this time. Many from our Ave Maria School of Law community had the honor of knowing Justice Scalia personally. I would like to share some comments on Justice Scalia's passing with you by Emily Zanotti, Class of 2007, Professor Richard Myers and Tom Monaghan.

"We are saddened to learn about the passing of the Honorable Antonin Scalia. He was instrumental in Ave Maria School of Law's early days and participated in meetings and curriculum planning at the invitation of our first Dean, Bernard Dobranski. In 2005, I had the distinct honor of introducing Justice Scalia as an Ave Maria Lecturer. He was a proponent of judicial restraint and of interpreting the Constitution in a way that was faithful to its text. His influence is likely to endure for years to come. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. He will long be remembered for his service to the court, and to our country."- Professor Richard Myers, Ave Maria School of Law

"US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was not simply a paragon of American jurisprudence: he was an incredible legal scholar, a devout Catholic, a conservative stalwart, a great teacher and a dedicated family man. His loss will not only be felt by the people whose lives he impacted through judicial proceedings, but by those he met and those he taught. For many of us, his loss is staggering and personal."
- Emily Zanotti, Political Communications Specialist and the Digital Editor of The American Spectator as well as an Ave Maria School of Law Alumna, Class of 2007.

"I was deeply saddened by the news of Justice Scalia's passing. My prayers go out to his family, to all who were close to him and to our country.  He was a man of great intellect, principle, courage and faith; he will be greatly missed. He most certainly has left a legacy that will not fully be comprehended for some years to come. We at Ave Maria School of Law are grateful for the time he spent with us - particularly in our formative years...helping to advise us on issues of curriculum and coming to inspire our faculty and students with his presence."
- Thomas S. Monaghan, Ave Maria School of Law Founder and Chairman of the Board

Here is a link to a story that ran in Naples Daily News.
Ave Maria Law Welcomed Governor Romney as our Faith and Reason Signature Event Speaker  

Master of Ceremonies and Moderator Rick Borman, Governor Mitt Romney

Ave Maria Law students Nicholaus Michels '16, Andrea Phillips '17 and Thérèse Desilets '18
Brandon Cooper '16 and Mrs. Cooper
Monica Kelly '16 and the Ave Maria Law Student Ambassadors addressing Governor Romney

Lou Holtz Announced as this Year's Commencement Speaker

We're thrilled to announce Lou Holtz as the 2016 Ave Maria School of Law Commencement Speaker on Saturday, May 14. Mr. Holtz has established himself as one of the most successful college football coaches of all time, being the only coach in the history of college football to take six different teams to a bowl game, win five games with different teams, and have four different college teams ranked in the final Top 20 poll. He also served as a college football studio analyst, has been considered one of the greatest speaking legends in America today, and has authored three New York Times best-selling books. Mr. Holtz and his wife Beth Barcus are the parents of four children and reside in Orlando, Florida. We look forward to welcoming Mr. Holtz as our 2016 Commencement Speaker.

A First Look at the New Website 

We are pleased to announce that a new website for Ave Maria School of Law has been launched. We hope you will enjoy the updates to the design and layout of the site making it aesthetically appealing and easily accessible. We focused on strengthening our SEO (search engine optimization), a strategy lead by the External Affairs department. We would like to give special thanks to Monica Rengifo, Web Developer for Ave Maria School of Law, for her exceptionally talented work on this project, and to our students who graciously volunteered their time to help us with shooting new photos for the website. The website will continue to be a work in progress with more exciting updates to share with you in the future. We invite you to take the time to explore the new features and sections in their entirety, please go to: http://www.avemarialaw.edu

Author Edwin Black to Speak at Ave Maria Law 

A friendly reminder to please join us on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 12:15 p.m. in Commons 110 for what promises to be an intriguing presentation by author Edwin Black. We have planned this event in conjunction with the Holocaust Museum. Mr. Black is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling international investigative author. Among his several books, the "War Against the Weak" will be discussed at the presentation. To RSVP, please contact Amanda Eberl at aeberl@avemarialaw.edu. For more on Mr. Black, please go to: http://www.edwinblack.com/index.php?page=10170
Bishop Frank Caggiano of the Diocese of Bridgeport, CT. to speak at Ave Maria Law  

I hope you will join me in welcoming Bishop Frank Caggiano of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut to our campus on Monday, February 22 beginning at 5:30 p.m. We are looking forward to His Excellency's visit and to hearing his presentation. All are most welcome to attend to meet Bishop Caggiano and to enjoy this very special evening that will include an Italian dinner prior to the presentation. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Amanda Eberl at aeberl@avemarialaw.edu.
Virtual Career Fair Presented by the Florida Bar Practice Resource Institute   

The Florida Bar Practice Resource Institute, in partnership with YourMembership, will host a virtual career fair on March 31, from noon-3:00 p.m. The virtual platform makes it easy to register, upload a resume and learn about participating employers before the event. On the day of the event, participants can log in from anywhere and interact one-on-one with employers through online interviews.
Estate Planning Conference    

Our third annual Estate Planning Conference will be held on May 6, 2016 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples. I hope you will join us for this outstanding annual event. Register at http://estateplanning.avemarialaw.edu/. A total of 12 credits (General: 10.5 and Ethics: 1.5) for CLE's and a total of 10.5 hours for CFP's (Certified Financial Planner Credits) are available to participants. A sincere thank you to our sponsors: Advisor's Trust, Northern Trust, PCE Valuations, CliftonLarsonAllen, Ariel Capital Advisors, Farmer's & Associates, Akerman, LLP, Gassman Law Associates, P.A., Providence Family Office, Cummings & Lockwood, Roetzel & Andress, Veralytic, Thompson Reuters, Hill, Barth & King, Hawthorn PNC Family Wealth, Lee County Bar Association, Collier County Bar Association, and Sabadell Bank & Trust. A limited number of sponsorships are still available. If you are interested please contact Kristy Kryszczak, kkryszczak@avemarialaw.edu.
Ave Maria Law at the March for Life in Washington: Photos and Video    

Ave Mara School of Law students with Dean Cieply, Monsignor McGrath and Professor Scarnecchia

In last month's newsletter I wrote about how Monsignor McGrath and Professor Scarnecchia traveled with me and a group of Ave Maria Law students for our annual participation in the March for Life. If you would like to see photos and a video from our inspiring day, please use this link and password:
http://photos.lenspoden.com/avemaria2016 , password is life2016. The EWTN interview that was done and aired internationally can be viewed here.
Ave Maria School of Law Day Proclamation     

Pictured L to R: Donna Heiser, Jennifer Lucas-Ross, Tim Tracey, Mayor Sorey, Dean Cieply and Ulysses Jaen
January 20 marked a milestone event for Ave Maria School of Law. Mayor of the City of Naples, John F. Sorey III proclaimed this day Ave Maria School of Law Day. This coincided with the law school celebrating its 15th anniversary and recognizing our positive contributions to the local Naples area.
Legatus Summit 2016     

Ave Maria School of Law participated in the Legatus 2016 Summit which took place at The Ritz-Carlton in Orlando. Pictured at left are Dean Cieply, Tom Monaghan, and Congressman DeSantis and his wife Casey.
Lee Republican Women's Club Luncheon        

I had the pleasure of speaking at the Lee Republican Women's Club Luncheon on February 2. It was a wonderful opportunity to share some information on Ave Maria School of Law.
Ave Maria Law hosts International Center on Law, Life, Faith and Family (ICOLF) Expert Meeting 

We were proud to host an International Center on Law, Life, Faith and Family (ICOLF) Expert Meeting at Ave Maria Law from February 4-6 where the topic of discussion was "The persecution of Christians in the Middle East & North Africa: Reflections on International Legal Strategies Through the Prism of Religious Freedom." Ave Maria School of Law Professor Jane Adolphe, who is based in Rome, did an excellent job spearheading the meeting. She notes that "this was an international gathering of scholars featured our own professors who work within the fields of international criminal law, international humanitarian law, international human rights law and national security law." The group is pictured above.
Campus Naming Opportunities 

With the purchase of our campus, we now have many Naming Opportunities that offer a meaningful way to support Ave Maria School of Law while honoring and commemorating someone or something important in your life. Please review this partial list of Campus Naming Opportunities and if you are interested in learning more, contact Donna Heiser, Chief Advancement and Communications Officer at 239-687-5405 or dheiser@avemarialaw.edu . View Naming Opportunities here.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
IT Lunch & Learn

Friday, February 19, 2016
Friday Fish Grill hosted by Legion of Mary 
6:45 p.m. | Commons Courtyard
Complimentary Fish dinner followed by a talk given by Monsignor McGrath on "The Role of Spiritual Warfare in the Life of the Church Militant."

Monday, February 22, 2016
Author Edwin Black to Speak at Ave Law
12:15 p.m. | Commons 110
Complimentary lunch served
To RSVP, please contact Amanda Eberl at aeberl@avemarialaw.edu 

Monday, February 22, 2016
Bishop Frank Caggiano of the Diocese of Bridgeport, CT. to speak at Ave Maria Law 
5:30 p.m. | Commons
Complimentary Italian dinner served
To RSVP, please contact Amanda Eberl at aeberl@avemarialaw.edu

Saturday, March 12th, 2016

Barristers Ball

Saturday, May 5 and 6, 2016
Estate Planning Conference
The Ritz-Carlton, Tiburon

Friday, May 13, 2016
Baccalaureate Mass
  St. Agnes Catholic Church
New Alumni Reception and Pinning Ceremony
  St. Thomas More Commons

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Every Tuesday
Weekly Bible Study
7:00 p.m. | Michigan Room
Complimentary coffee and desserts

Every Wednesday

Legion of Mary
8:00 AM | Cardinal O'Connor Conference Room

Every Friday
St. Thomas More Society: Rosary and Fellowship
6:00 PM | Chapel

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