Bernard  Dobranski

Dean Emeritus and Professor

Dean Emeritus Bernard Dobranski is the Founding President and Dean of Ave Maria School of Law, and an academic leader recognized for his ability and experience. As Founding President and Dean, he was responsible for selecting the core faculty, developing the curriculum, establishing educational guidelines, and for achieving American Bar Association accreditation.  As a result of his planning and efforts, Ave Maria School of Law received full accreditation in the fastest time possible.  

Before joining Ave Maria, Dean Dobranski served as Dean of Catholic University School of Law in Washington, D.C., where he strengthened the law school’s identity and mission, upgraded the law school’s reputation in such areas as Bioethics, International Law, and Law and Religion, improved bar pass rates, and greatly increased the diversity of the student body. As Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, he oversaw one of that schools greatest growth periods established one of the first American Inn of Court chapters, and created a nationally recognized academic year law program in London, England. Dean Dobranski has also been a faculty member at the University of Notre Dame Law School and Creighton University School of Law, and he has served on the Accreditation Committee of the American Bar Associations Section on Legal Education. A well-respected arbitrator, Dean Dobranski has rendered more than 350 arbitration awards over the past 20 years.