Ave Maria School of Law

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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 10.13.15

    * Zimbabwe officials won’t charge Dr. Walter Palmer in the slaying of Cecil the lion since he had proper paperwork, but he likely won’t be allowed to hunt if he ever returns. This will not stand. It’s now time for the American vigilante animal-lover justice team to assemble. [Reuters]

    * Per the results of two new surveys, Biglaw firms can stop worrying about their work drying up thanks to in-house law departments keeping matters in-house. Outside spending on legal counsel is flat as opposed to in the negative, and that’s apparently something to celebrate. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * This school puts the “duh” in Flori-duh: As we mentioned previously, Ave Maria School of Law was the caboose on the trainwreck that was the July 2015 administration of the Florida bar exam, and now people can’t stop staring at the wreckage. [Naples Daily News]

    * The Cannabis Law and Policy Project, a new group at the University of Washington School of Law, will spend the next year researching existing and emerging markets for marijuana. We can’t wait for them to puff, puff, pass on their knowledge. [UW Today]

    * If you’re planning to take the LSAT with testing accommodations, there are a few things that you need to know. Find out what types of accommodations are available, and be sure to file your — OMG, SQUIRREL! [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    46 Comments / / Oct 13, 2015 at 8:56 AM
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    Law Schools

    Students Are Last To Know When Gunmen Reported On Campus

    Would you want to know if there was an anonymous (later revealed to be unfounded) tip about gunmen in your law school?

    23 Comments / / Jun 16, 2015 at 4:16 PM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 04.29.15

    * In case you haven’t read the transcripts from yesterday’s same-sex marriage arguments at the Supreme Court and you still want to have some talking points at the water cooler at the office, here are six of the more “provocative” questions that the justices asked. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * HBO is filming a TV movie called “Confirmation” about Justice Clarence Thomas’s 1991 nomination hearings. Kerry Washington will play Anita Hill and Wendell Pierce will play our silent justice. No one puts a pube on Olivia Pope’s Coke can and gets away with it! [Hollywood Reporter]

    * If you’re not interested in the CliffsNotes version of the same-sex marriage arguments at SCOTUS, you should know the justices were split along their usual ideological lines, and Justice Kennedy seemed even more wishy-washy than normal. [New York Times]

    * You’re my boy, Blue! Brooklyn Law School will honor 100-year-old Professor Joseph Crea this summer. He’s been teaching at the school for more than five decades, and looks like a well-preserved academic artifact. Congratulations! [Brooklyn Daily Eagle]

    * Still high off its top passage rate for the February 2015 Florida bar exam and thanks to an anonymous $1 million gift, Ave Maria Law announced that it will be purchasing its campus… and launching a totally unrelated $3.2 million capital campaign. [News-Press]

    * If you’re looking to take a year off before law school, then perhaps you ought to consider becoming a paralegal, a research analyst, or an investment banker. At least one of those jobs will make you reconsider your future. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    20 Comments / / Apr 29, 2015 at 9:00 AM
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    Law Schools

    Which Law School Is On The DOE’s Financial Monitoring List?

    Only one law school earned the DOE’s scrutiny. And it’s not the first time this school’s been scolded.

    6 Comments / / Apr 1, 2015 at 10:03 AM
  • Justice RBG as a sassy chihuahua.

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    Morning Docket: 10.29.14

    * “I thought it was hilarious. And I imagine my colleagues who have seen it would share that view.” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has seen John Oliver’s talking Supreme Court dogs, and she totally LOLed about it. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Hey guys, guess who’s excited about a yet-to-occur increase in law school applications? If you guessed law school admissions officers, then you’d be right. Come on, what else are they going to do now, cry? [National Law Journal]

    * We suppose some congratulations are in order for Ave Maria Law, because now the school doesn’t have to provide insurance coverage for its employees’ contraceptives. Yay, thanks Hobby Lobby! [LifeNews]

    * Manuel Noriega’s “Call of Duty” lawsuit was dismissed earlier this week, and Rudy Giuliani is just glad that “a notorious criminal didn’t win.” Let’s get real here: the dictator’s rep was already damaged. [CNN]

    * “Can we talk?” Melissa Rivers called a plaintiffs firm to ask the question made famous by her late mother, Joan Rivers. Her malpractice and wrongful death suit will be coming soon. [Page Six / New York Post]

    10 Comments / / Oct 29, 2014 at 7:45 AM
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    Morning Docket: 09.25.14

    * Per the First Circuit, plaintiffs who successfully challenge the Defense of Marriage Act in court aren’t entitled to attorneys’ fees. The Department of Justice had no comment. [National Law Journal]

    * Florida Coastal Law finished second-to-last in bar passage for the July 2014 exam, with 58% of grads passing. It was one of Florida Coastal’s worst performances to date. [Florida Times-Union]

    * ASU Law got a $10M donation, its largest ever. “The remarkable thing about it is we didn’t ask him for it,” says the dean, which is a slightly better response than Drexel’s dean had. [The Republic]

    * Much to his defense team’s chagrin, accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s trial will remain in Boston. The media spectacle is set to begin in January 2015. [New York Times]

    * Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino of Jersey Shore fame was indicted on tax fraud charges to the tune of $8.9M. He pleaded not guilty yesterday afternoon. There aren’t tanning beds in jail. :( [Asbury Park Press]

    10 Comments / / Sep 25, 2014 at 9:06 AM
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    Contests, Law Schools, March Madness

    ATL March Madness: The Worst Law School In America — Elite Eight

    ATL’s quest to crown the worst law school continues with an underdog leading the way.

    24 Comments / / Mar 28, 2014 at 5:19 PM
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    Contests, Law Schools, March Madness

    ATL March Madness: The Worst Law School In America — Sweet Sixteen

    The action intensifies in the ATL Worst Law School bracket.

    17 Comments / / Mar 24, 2014 at 4:38 PM
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    Contests, Law Schools, March Madness

    ATL March Madness: The Worst Law School In America — First Round

    Voting begins for the Worst Law School In America! Polls close Sunday night.

    11 Comments / / Mar 20, 2014 at 5:29 PM
  • 2014 ATL Bracket

    Contests, Law Schools, March Madness

    ATL March Madness: The Worst Law School In America — Bracket Released

    Time to while away your Monday filling out a bracket.

    31 Comments / / Mar 17, 2014 at 6:28 PM
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    ‘Religious’ Law School Rankings: Does Your Law School Make Jesus Happy?

    Which law schools are the best for the faithful? Or is that the dumbest question you’ve heard today?

    103 Comments / / Jan 10, 2014 at 5:32 PM
  • Sorry, Patton Boggs...

    Abortion, Law Firm Mergers, Law Professors, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Midsize Firms / Regional Firms, Morning Docket, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Texas

    Morning Docket: 11.20.13

    * The right to choose… to drive out of state? SCOTUS rejected an application to block Texas from enforcing a law requiring abortion doctors to have privileges at nearby hospitals. [New York Times]

    * Patton Boggs should prepare for the day when Locke Lord is too busy washing its hair to go on a date. The would-be merger is just one of many “interesting opportunities” the firm is considering. [Am Law Daily]

    * In case you were wondering about the type of people who are accepted into Greenberg Traurig’s residency program, the recent law grad profiled in this article went to Nova Southeastern. [Sun Sentinel]

    * Law firm merger mania, mid-size Midwest edition: Chi-Town law firm Shefsky & Froelich is the just latest in a very well-known group to be gobbled up by a much larger firm, only to have its name completely disappear. [Crain’s Chicago Business]

    * When it comes to law faculty hiring, it doesn’t matter what color your skin is or what you’ve got between your legs, so long as your résumé is covered in Ivy and you’re dripping with prestige. [National Law Journal]

    * Ave Maria School of Law is in need of a new dean. It seems the man who created the school’s “Advanced Critical Thinking Department” engaged in deep thought before deciding to call it quits. [Naples Daily News]

    10 Comments / / Nov 20, 2013 at 9:07 AM
  • Law school deans should bet a dollar on whether or not change the name of a law school makes more people come.

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    TTTrading Places: Law Schools Acquire New Territory

    Law schools acquire other law schools so they can become bigger law schools. Mwahahaha….

    22 Comments / / Jun 26, 2012 at 6:07 PM
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    Ave Maria School of Law, Job Searches, Law Schools, NALP

    Which Law Schools Are Trying to Be Honest About Their Employment Information?

    Law School Transparency (LST) wrote to all law schools accredited by the ABA to request the NALP reports for the class of 2010. The NALP reports contain much more detail than that of the reports released by the ABA, such as information concerning part-time and temporary employment, as well as the number of graduates in jobs that do not require a law degree. This time around, 34 law schools provided their NALP reports, either by sending them directly to LST, or posting them on their websites. But which schools provided LST with the information? And which schools are still avoiding action?

    32 Comments / / Feb 17, 2012 at 12:13 PM
  • The power to thwart God's will is at your local drugstore.

    Email Scandals, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Politics, Prostitution, Religion, Rudeness, Women's Issues

    A Contraception Controversy — and an ATL Debate

    Getting upset over inadequate access to contraception is one thing. What about getting upset — at a Catholic law school, mind you — over a discussion of birth control? Can you imagine what kind of comments about contraception could cause a law school community to get all riled up? Let’s look at — and argue about — the email that caused students at one top-ranked Catholic law school to get their diaphragms all scrunched up proverbial panties in a wad. Even the dean had to get involved….

    91 Comments / / Feb 1, 2012 at 11:16 AM
  • Ave Maria School of Law, Crime, Drinking, Guns / Firearms, Law Schools, Murder, Violence

    Will Robert Ringley Be Returning to Ave Maria School of Law?

    Throughout our coverage of Robert Ringley, the Ave Maria School of Law student accused of attempted murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, many have offered up their comments about the alleged occurrence, and thoughts about law school in general. This comment was perhaps the most fitting of them all: Law school is a […]

    41 Comments / / Jan 19, 2012 at 12:17 PM
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    Who is Robert Ringley? An Ave Maria Law Classmate Tells All

    Earlier this week, we brought you news about Robert Christopher Ringley, the second-year student at Ave Maria School of Law who stands accused of shooting at and threatening to kill two of his classmates — Christopher Graves and Samantha Morris — during an alleged drunken bender. In case you missed our coverage, Ringley has been […]

    36 Comments / / Jan 18, 2012 at 1:17 PM
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    Ave Maria School of Law Student Accused of Attempted Murder

    Law school, copious amounts of alcohol, and unrequited love are the ingredients necessary for a very dangerous cocktail, the effects of which can lead to much more than just a bad hangover. Just ask Robert Ringley, a man whom we believe to be a second-year student at the Ave Maria School of Law. Ringley was charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after allegedly threatening to kill and shooting at two of his Ave Maria Law classmates. What caused Ringley’s alleged of acts violence, and what’s love got to do with it? Let’s take a closer look at the allegations….

    76 Comments / / Jan 16, 2012 at 11:30 AM