Pictured above (L to R)  Naomi Hatton '17, newly elected President of the SBA and Victor Bermudez '18, newly elected Vice President of SBA
Dear Friends,
Easter is upon us and it marks a time of joy in all of our lives. There's
much to be jubilant for as we prepare for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday. We've had a busy month within the Ave Maria Law Community including a special visit to campus from Bishop Frank J. Caggiano from the Diocese of Bridgeport and Investigative Author Edwin Black, the Student Bar Association election results bringing newly elected students to the forefront, a trip to Tampa to support our Alumni bar takers, and our very own Barristers' Ball and St. Thomas More Trial Competition. We hosted an open house on campus and there will be more to come this spring as we prepare to welcome a new class of students - the class of 2019. May the hope and joy of the Risen Christ be with you on Easter day.   

God Bless,
Kevin Cieply
President and Dean
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Ave Maria Law Student Bar Association Election Results 

It is a privilege to announce the 2016 Student Bar Association election results. There was some great campaigning this year by some impressive candidates and the SBA is confident that it is turning the board over to amazing new leaders. A special note of congratulations to Naomi Hatton who is the first woman to ever be elected President of the Ave Maria Law Student Bar Association. Here are the future Student Bar Association Executive Board members and Senators:

* Naomi Hatton

Vice President:
* Victor Bermudez

* Thérèse Desilets

3L Senate:
* Brittney Davis
* Cameron Colledge
* Bibiana Potestad
* Daniel Whitehead

2L Senate:
* Bartlomiej Milewski
* Sarah Sulsona
* Stephanie Williams
* Michael Mahoney

Ave Maria Law Celebrates at the Annual Barristers' Ball  
On Saturday, March 12, Ave Maria Law's Student Bar Association hosted the annual Barristers' Ball. This year the event was held at the Naples Grande Beach Resort and the theme for the evening was Casino Royale. After dinner, students, faculty and staff danced and enjoyed the festivities of casino night. I want to thank our Student Bar Association for executing such a successful event.
There were three special awards announced during the evening. Please join me in congratulating the following winners:
Student Organization of the year- TIE
Black Lawyers Association  &  Women's Law Association 
Professor of the Year:  
Kirkland Miller
R. Sterling Earhart Community Service Award:
Andrea Phillips

Professor Maureen Milliron, Michelle Hurvitz '17, Chelsey Tucker '17, Gerard Anglade '17, Siobhan Bonilla '17, Andrew Riordan '16
Photos courtesy of Tony Zollo

Andrew Riordan '16, Professor Kirkland Miller
Andrew Riordan '16, Cameron Colledge '17, Andrea Phillips '17, Chelsey Tucker '17
Shea Hasenauer '16, Dean Cieply, Kelli Cieply, Scott Earhart

St. Thomas More Trial Competition 

On March 12 Ave Maria Law held a Trial Competition at the Collier County Courthouse. This competition was open to 2L and 3L students who had taken or are currently taking Trial Advocacy and Evidence. This year's trial was a criminal case and teams of two argued in front of local judges and attorneys. The two teams to make it to the finals were Andrew Riordan & Jovanni Fiallo vs. Anna Ismer & Sean Blanc. 
Following the final round of the competition that took place on Tuesday, March 15 at the Ave Maria Law Moot Courtroom, please join me in congratulating:

Winning Team: Jovanni Fiallo & Drew Riordan
Best Advocate: Sean Blanc
Verdict: for Defense: Anna Ismer and Sean Blanc

And a special thank you to the Moot Court Board, our Faculty, local judges and attorneys, and particularly to the Moot Court Board Vice-President for Internal Competitions, Aimee Schnecker, for managing the entire competition.

Winning Team: Jovanni Fiallo '16 and Andrew Riordan '16 with Hendry County Circuit Court Judge James D. Sloan
Photo courtesy of Antonette Hornsby

Andrew Riordan '16, Jovanni Fiallo '16, The Honorable John E. Steele, Olivia Ferrell '16, John Spurlock '16
Photo courtesy of Tony Zollo
Nicholaus Michels '16, Jacquelyn Boudreau '16, Anna Ismer '16, Sean Blanc '16, Brandy Shafer '17, Nancy Nevarez-Myrick '16, and David Lockard '17
Photo courtesy of Tony Zollo

New York Times Author Edwin Black Presented at Ave Maria Law

Professor Brian Scarnecchia, Professor Ligia De Jesus, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Timothy Tracey, Monsignor McGrath, Carol Di Salvo, guest speaker and author Edwin Black, Dean Cieply, Sy Stadtmauer and Elliott Katz, docents with the Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida.
Photos courtesy of Tony Zollo 

Mr. Edwin Black and Dean Cieply

On February 22, Ave Maria School of Law hosted Edwin Black, an award-winning  New York Times international investigative author to have a discussion about his best selling book, War Against the Weak.
War Against the Weak is a documented study of American eugenics with research spanning over 150 years and into the archives of four countries. Mr. Black's visit was in conjunction with the Holocaust Museum and Education Center of Southwest Florida of Naples.
With more than a million books in print, Mr. Black's work focuses on human rights, genocide and hate, corporate criminality and corruption, governmental misconduct, academic fraud, philanthropic abuse, oil addiction, alternative energy and historical investigation.
Ave Maria Law Hosted Bishop Frank J. Caggiano of the Diocese of Bridgeport, CT. on Campus

Dean Cieply, Monsignor McGrath, Bishop Frank Caggiano, Connie Von Zwehl, Vinnie Von Zwehl, and Pam Rittman from the Diocese of Bridgeport.
Photos courtesy of Tony Zollo

Bishop Frank Caggiano addressing the guests

Bishop Frank Caggiano and Dean Cieply

Law students and invited guests were treated to an inspirational presentation by Bishop Frank Caggiano on the topic of "The Challenge of Missionary Discipleship." The event took place on our campus in the St. Thomas More Commons building.
The Bishop told those in attendance that "mercy extends a helping hand" and helps us "to become one with the person we are reaching out to." Referring to the Holy Father and the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Bishop said that a person's "title or status in life" are surrendered in the act of showing mercy toward another.
Following the talk, the Bishop answered questions from law students and guests. We would like to thank Bishop Caggiano and his staff members, Monsignor McGrath and our gracious hosts of this event, Connie and Vinny Von Zwehl of St. Pius X Parish, Fairfield, who also reside in Naples, Florida.

Lenten fish fry at Ave Maria Law thanks to Bill Bradt and family and the Legion of Mary.

Pro-Life Sunset Dinner Cruise  

Thérèse Desilets '18, Emily Dhanens '17, Jennifer Heemstra '18, Lauren Holcombe '17, Stephanie Williams '18, and Pam Kessen, a local volunteer for 40 Days for Life.

On March 7, the Lex Vitae Society at Ave Maria Law attended the Annual Pro-Life Sunset Dinner Cruise benefitting the Thomas More Society, a not-for-profit, national public interest law firm, dedicated to restoring respect in the law for life, family, and religious liberty. Featured guest speakers during the evening included Shawn Carney, leader of 40 Days for Life campaign, Father Michael Orsi, Action for Life TV and Tom Brejcha, ESQ., Thomas More Society.
Supporting our Alumni Bar Takers 

Fifty-seven Ave Maria School of Law graduates registered for the February Florida Bar, which occurred at the Tampa Convention Center on February 23 and 24. I traveled to Tampa along with Associate Dean Tim Tracey, Assistant Dean Jennifer Lucas-Ross, Assistant Director of Career Services, Celeste Oglesby and Director of Bar Prep, Christopher Buscaglia to support the Bar Exam takers. Alumni Will Stallings '14 and Joe Tompkins '14 also attended to support the bar exam takers on behalf of the Alumni Board. 
Ave Maria Law Hosts Open House  

On March 4 and 5, the Office of Admissions hosted the Board of Governors' Open House. Several admitted students and their families attended the dinner on Friday night and the full day program on Saturday. We look forward to these students joining our Class of 2019. 

Career Services Hosted Third Annual Government & Public Interest Fair    

Bob Foley and Paul Wyposal, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Drew Riordan, class of '16 Photos courtesy of Celeste Oglesby, Assistant Director of Career Services

Diana Golden accompanied by an attorney from the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel, 2nd DCA Region Florida

Cynthia Ross, Office of the State Attorney, 20th Judicial Circuit and Brandon Cooper, class of '16

The Career Services office hosted a Government and Public Interest Fair last month. Students and alumni met with representatives from the Department of Children and Families; Lee County Legal Aid Society; the US Marines; the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Florida Gulf Coast University, Office of the General Counsel, among others, to learn more about their organizations. 
Estate Planning Conference      
Our third annual Estate Planning Conference will be held on May 6 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples. I hope you will join us for this outstanding annual event. CLE, CTFA and CFP credits are available. This year there will be a pre-conference dinner sponsored by Northern Trust; Jonathan Blattmachr, nationally recognized speaker, will be the special guest of the evening. 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, Sabadell Bank & Trust and Innovative Benefits Consulting, Inc. Click here for more information on our speaker lineup and sessions topics or to register:   http://estateplanning.avemarialaw.edu/. If you have any questions please contact Kristy Kryszczak at 239-687-5404 or kkryszczak@avemarialaw.edu  
Ave Maria Law's On Demand Courses     

Now you can earn your CLE's with Ave Maria Law's on demand courses. They are Florida State Board Association approved and the courses are taught by nationally recognized legal experts. I invite you to learn more information and to register:   http://cle.avemarialaw.edu/ If you have any questions please contact Ulysses Jaen, ujaen@avemarialaw.edu .
Ave Maria Law Goes Green     

In the next few weeks, Ave Maria Law will be rolling out a new green initiative inspired by the Student Bar Association. We are confident we can do our part to help the City of Naples' recycling efforts. Thank you for your assistance and participation. For more information, please contact Adrian Martinez, 239-687-5334, amartinez@avemarialaw.edu.
  • Each villa will be receiving a large recycle container and pick-up for these containers will be every Wednesday.
  • Each apartment in East and West Hall will receive a small blue rectangular recycle bin to be kept in the pantry.  It is the responsibility of the students' that when the bin is full to then empty the contents into the main recycle bin downstairs.
  • "Recycle Only" stickers will be placed on containers and around at student events going forward to distinguish trash from recycle.
Ave Maria Law Blood Drive     

We hosted a blood drive on campus sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, which netted 27 units of blood from 33 volunteers.  A special thanks to Kevin McGowan, Director of Student Financial Services, for making this happen!
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
Upcoming Events:

Friday, April 1 & Saturday, April 2, 2016
Admitted Student Open House
Ave Maria Law Campus
For more information, please contact Admissions at 239-687-5420 or info@avemarialaw.edu

Thursday, May 5, 2016
Estate Planning Pre-Conference Dinner
6:00 p.m.
Northern Trust Company, 4001 Tamiami Trail North
For more information, please contact Kristy Kryszczak at 239-687-5404 or kkryszczak@avemarialaw.edu

Friday, May 6, 2016
Estate Planning Conference
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples
For more information, please contact Kristy Kryszczak at 239-687-5404 or kkryszczak@avemarialaw.edu

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

Saturday, May 14, 2016
Commencement featuring Commencement speaker Lou Holtz

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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