Lectures & Speakers

While academic coursework is the foundation for the development of legal professional skills, Ave Maria law students gain valuable experiences through attendance of school-sponsored lectures, presentations, and conferences. These activities enrich the educational experience and help students begin to apply what they have learned to real-world situations.

Ave Maria Lecture
The Ave Maria Lecture is an address from a nationally recognized public figure on a topic of interest to the Law School community. This event provides students with an opportunity to meet and interact with prominent members of the legal profession. Past speakers include:

  • U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia
  • U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
  • Honorable Kenneth Starr
  • Former Attorney General Edwin Meese III

Distinguished Speaker Series
The Distinguished Speaker Series brings the Law School community together several times each semester to hear presentations by prominent judges, legislators, practicing attorneys, and government officials, often with discussions focusing on issues of interest from a Catholic perspective.

Ave Maria continues to lead and direct cultural and legal debate by hosting or sponsoring conferences and symposia.