President and Dean Eugene R. Milhizer

President and Dean

Dean Milhizer is recognized as a leader in Catholic education.  He has emphasized strengthening the School’s Catholic identity, as reflected by the strong enrollment of Catholic and mission-oriented students, the unprecedented attendance and support of the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., and his outspoken advocacy of religious liberty.  His March 30, 2012 speech at Franciscan University of Steubenville entitled “The Morality and Legality of the Health and Human Services Mandate and Accommodation,” is indicative of his philosophy and approach. 

He has presented lectures, speeches, and seminars at law schools and other venues across the country, and his legal scholarship has been published in many prestigious law journals.  He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a Member of the Florida Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, and was a Member of the Michigan Supreme Court Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure.  

In May 2006, he was appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and in April 2009, he was appointed Interim and then Acting Dean of the Law School.  During the summer of 2009, under his leadership, the Law School successfully accomplished the unprecedented feat of relocating from its Michigan location to a beautiful campus and facilities in Naples, Florida.  In January 2010, Dean Milhizer was appointed the Law School’s second President and Dean.  

Under his leadership as Dean, the faculty has grown in size and quality, the Advanced Critical Thinking Department was formed, the school’s first named chair was established, the co-curricular International Law Journal was launched, and the Curriculum Advisory Board and the Alumni Advisory Council were created.  Dean Milhizer is a retired Army Judge Advocate.  He is a native of the Detroit, Michigan area, and holds BA (high distinction) and JD degrees from the University of Michigan, and an LL.M degree from the Judge Advocate General’s School in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he was the first honor graduate in his class and thereafter taught for a three-year appointment.