Tuesday, September 11, 2007

More Trouble at Ave Maria: Part 2

I have blogged before about the ongoing problems at Ave Maria School of Law. There is a new development today. The Wall Street Journal Online Law Blog reports that the American Bar Association has informed Ave Maria that it is considering whether the school is out of compliance with ABA accreditation standard 405(a); this standard requires law schools "to establish and maintain conditions adequate to attract and retain a competent faculty." I wonder whether Ave Maria may also be out of compliance with standard 405(b), which speaks to academic freedom and tenure. However, the ABA apparently did not refer to any other possible violations in its report to Ave Maria. The school has until December 15 to demonstrate that it is in compliance. If the ABA were to place Ave Maria on probation, it would definitely make it more difficult for the school to relocate to Florida.

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