Emmett Tyrrell

The faculty was composed of intelligent minds, as far as I could tell. The students were intelligent, polite and not rived by the petty discord found on larger campuses. What is more, the governing administrators were generous and serious. Dean Bernard Dobranski is a learned fellow, who, with Judge Bork, has been teaching an important course: "The Moral Foundations of the Law." From what I know of the course, most of the country's lawyers would be improved by it, except for those who would find the concept inscrutable and unprofitable. The law school simply would not exist were it not for the philanthropic founder of Domino's Pizza, Tom Monaghan. When he and his board of governors decided to move the campus from Ann Arbor, Mich., to be closer to Monaghan's other project, Ave Maria University in Naples, Fla., a minority of faculty rebelled, sending a dozen or more charges to the American Bar Association.

Their hope was that the ABA would revoke the Ave Maria School of Law's ABA accreditation. The ABA boiled the mutineers' complaints down to one. Now, after a comprehensive investigation, the ABA has found that contrary to the surviving complaint, Ave Maria is fully capable of attracting and maintaining competent faculty. With this, it is considered highly likely that the ABA will acquiesce to the planned move to Naples in 2009, over the howls of the irritable profs who filed their nuisance complaints.

Among the professoriate of the land, diversity is supposedly a desirable value. Well, certainly a law school that teaches the law based on Christian values adds to the diversity of the nation's law programs. I wish Ave Maria's students and faculty well and hereby offer to speak on campus again, at least after they flee chilly Ann Arbor for Naples, by which I mean the cisatlantic Naples, the one without the garbage problems.

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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