Eugene R. Milhizer

Dean Emeritus and Professor


Curriculum Vitae


  • L.L.M., 1988, The Judge Advocate General’s School (First Honor Graduate)
  • J.D., 1979, University of Michigan School of Law
  • B.A., 1976, Political Science, University of Michigan (High Distinction)

Areas of Expertise

  • Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Military Law, National Security Law

Professional Experience

As an Army Judge Advocate, Dean Emeritus Milhizer participated in hundreds of appeals, tried scores of criminal cases, and served in multiple leadership positions. For three years, he held a teaching appointment at the Judge Advocate General’s School at the University of Virginia. In 2001, he joined the Ave Maria faculty and his course of offerings have included Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, National Security Law and Military Law. Dean Emeritus Milhizer has been an invited presenter at law schools across the country and his legal scholarship has been published in many prestigious law journals. In May 2006, he was appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and in April 2009, he was appointed Acting Dean of the Law School. In January 2010, he was appointed the Law School’s second President and Dean, and he served in that position until his return to full-time teaching in the summer of 2014. During the summer of 2009, under his leadership, the Law School successfully accomplished the unprecedented feat of relocating from Michigan to Florida.

Honors and Professional Affiliations

  • Juris Doctorate (honoris causa), Ave Maria School of Law, 2015
  • Legion of Merit, United States Army, and numerous other military awards and ribbons.
  • Professor of the Year 2006-2007, Ave Maria School of Law, Association of American Law Schools.
  • Professor of the Year 2003-2004, Ave Maria School of Law, as selected by students.
  • Moot Court Board Professor of the Year 2006-2007, Ave Maria School of Law.
  • The Saint Thomas More Distinguished Jurist Award, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio.
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Pro-Life Advocate Award, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio
  • Honoree 2010, Legal Aid Services of Collier County, Florida
  • Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International
  • Recognition in Who’s Who for Legal Professionals.
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation.
  • Member, Board of Governors, Ave Maria School of Law.
  • President and Director, Ave Maria School of Law Foundation.
  • Member, Florida Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism.
  • Member, Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure, established by the Michigan Supreme Court (Mar. 12, 2002 – Dec. 31, 2005).
  • Member, Constitutional Protections and Privacy Advisory Board of the Florida Region 6 Fusion Center.
  • Member, American Bar Association.
  • Member, State Bar of Michigan.
  • Former Member, Legatus.
  • Former Advisor on Law and Faith, Cephas Institute, Kingston, New York.
  • Admitted to practice: United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Claims, United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, United States Army Court of Criminal Appeals, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Key Works

  • Publications
    •  Miranda’s Near Death Experience: Reflections on the Occasion of Miranda’s Fiftieth Anniversary, 66 Catholic University Law Review ___ (2016) (publication forthcoming).
    • Applying the Digital Search Incident to Arrest Doctrine to Predigital Content, 61 St. Louis University Law Review ___ (2016) (publication forthcoming).
    • Hobby Lobby and Beyond: Considering Moral Responses to the HHS Mandate Litigation, 81 Prudentia Iuris 149 (2016), available here.
    • Books
    • Crimes and Defense Deskbook, JA337 (Eugene R. Milhizer, ed., 1990-1993) (prepared by and for the Judge Advocate General’s School).
    • Law Review Articles
    • The Morality and Legality of the HHS Mandate and “Accommodations,” 11 AVE MARIA LAW REVIEW 211 (2013).
    • Debunking Five Great Myths about the Fourth Amendment Exclusionary Rule, 211 MILITARY LAW REVIEW 211 (2012).
    • “The Exclusionary Rule Lottery” Revisited, 59 CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 747 (2010).
    • So Help Me Allah: An Historical and Prudential Analysis of Oaths as Applied to the Current Controversy of the Bible and Quran in Oath Practices in America, 70 OHIO STATE LAW JOURNAL 1 (2009).
    • Confessions After Connelly: An Evidentiary Solution for Excluding Unreliable Confessions, 81 TEMPLE LAW REVIEW 1 (2008).
    • The Exclusionary Rule Lottery, 39 TOLEDO LAW REVIEW 755 (2008).
    • Giving Presentations
    • Featured presenter at numerous Law Schools and Universities including Yale University, University of Michigan, The Judge Advocates General School and Franciscan University.
    • Miranda’s Near Death Experience: Reflections on the Occasion of Miranda’s Fiftieth Anniversary, 66 Catholic University Law Review 577 (2017).
    • Applying the Digital Search Incident to Arrest Doctrine to Predigital Content, 61 St. Louis University Law Review 165 (2017).
    • Hobby Lobby and Beyond:  Considering Moral Responses to the HHS Mandate Litigation, 81 Prudentia Iuris 149(2016), available at
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