Monday, April 24, 2006

Faculty's Open Letter about Law School

Last week, Torgo understands that the Faculty of Ave Maria School of Law circulated an Open Letter.

Torgo has recieved this copy of the letter and posts it here for you.

An Open Letter to the Ave Maria School of Law Community

After much prayerful consideration, a substantial majority of the faculty has decided that, in light of the ongoing crisis in the Law School and in the interest of open dialogue, we are obligated to inform the Law School community of certain recent actions.

On Wednesday, April 12, 2006, the faculty considered and passed a resolution of “no confidence” in the leadership of Dean Dobranski. The results of the vote were as follows: eleven (11) members of the faculty voted in favor of the resolution of “no confidence”; three (3) members voted against the resolution; two members chose not to participate in the vote; and one member was unable to attend the meeting. The results of the vote, along with a statement of the reasons supporting the vote, were sent to each member of the Board of Governors. The faculty requested a meeting with the Board to discuss the serious issues and concerns raised in the resolution by no later than Tuesday, April 18.

On April 18, 2006, without meeting, consulting, or communicating with the faculty, the Board of Governors sent the faculty the following “unanimous” resolution, which in its entirety read:

Resolution of the Board of Governors
Addressed to the Faculty of AMSL
April 17, 2006

We, the members of the Board of Governors of Ave Maria School of Law, having received and carefully reviewed the materials you provided us on April 12, 2006, do reaffirm our full confidence in Dean Bernard Dobranski and support his strong and effective leadership.

The faculty’s decision to communicate this information was not taken lightly. We believe we offer our students and outstanding legal education—one characterized by a harmony between faith and reason. We believe that to move forward in implementing the Law School’s mission, we must have constructive dialogue regarding the serious issues and concerns raised by a substantial majority of the faculty.

We end by noting that we continue to pray for the Law School and for everyone in the Ave Maria School of Law community. We recall, in particular, the words of the Memorare:

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known, that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought they intercession, was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you do I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

Torgo certainly hopes for the best for the AMSoL faculty, staff, and students.


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