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“From left to right, Ave Maria School of Law Dean Emeritus Bernard Dobranski, Professor Peter Carfagna, and President and Dean Eugene R. Milhizer, gathered to celebrate the founding of the Scholarship that bears the two Deans’ names.” 

Often, donors seek to designate their gift be used to support a specific purpose within the law school.  Donors can support one of the many existing funds that have been established by the law school, a sampling of which are shown below.  Donors can also suggest brand-new funds that can be established to accommodate their personal interest and ensure their gift fulfills their specific intent completely. 

  • The Ave Maria School of Law Scholarship Fund
  • The most popular giving opportunity offered by the law school, this Fund supports scholarships for worthy law students who have distinguished themselves by their academic performance and potential to excel in legal study, leadership and commitment to service, and commitment to causes aligned with the Mission of the Roman Catholic Church, or in many cases – all these attributes.  Donations support direct subsidy of tuition expenses associated with attending Ave Maria School of Law.

  • The Lex Vitae Fund
  • Founded in 2011, this Fund exists to support the Lex Vitae Society Student Organization at Ave Maria School of Law and specifically the annual March for Life delegation that travels to Washington, D.C. each January.  The expenses associated with dozens of students taking part in the March for Life is substantial, but so is the central important of Ave Maria School of Law being represented at that incomparable event and making a strong statement in support of Pro-Life policy. 

  • Dean Emeritus Bernard Dobranski and President & Dean Eugene R. Milhizer Scholarship
  • Founded in 2011 through a generous initial gift from Peter Carfagna, former Member of the Board of Governors and longtime AMSL Law Professor.  The purpose of the Fund is to provide the President and Dean of Ave Maria School of Law a strategic financial reserve to recruit and retain the very best candidates for legal study, despite the intense competition from other law schools that such prospects and students will likely encounter.   

  • Trial Advocacy and Professional Skills Fund
  • Originally made possible through a six-figure gift from Joseph and Ellen Canizaro and the Donum Dei Foundation, this Fund made possible the state-of-the-art Moot Courtroom and associated technology infrastructure at the law school’s Naples campus.  Donations to this Fund reinforce the law school’s impressive moot court and trial advocacy program.

  • St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel Fund
  • A Fund dedicated to maintaining and enhancing the solemn space of the law school’s Chapel. 

  • Law Library Fund
  • A Fund dedicated to maintaining and enhancing the Law Library and all the resources contained within.