SC order creates Legal Education Summit panel

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The Supreme Court (SC) has created an organizing committee for this year’s Legal Education Summit

In a two-page Memorandum Order No. 21-2019 signed on 1 April 2019, the Court designated SC Associate Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo as chairperson of the said committee.

Gesmundo will be assisted in the committee by University of the Philippines College of Law Dean Fides Cordero-Tan, who was designated vice-chairperson.

SC Associate Justice Marvic M.V.F. Leonen, retired SC Associate Justice Arturo D. Brion, and Atty. Carolyn Mercado of the The Asia Foundation were designated consultants.

Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin, upon his assumption into the top SC post, bared his four-point agenda which consists of the updating of the Rules of Court, purging the Bench of misfits and scalawags, initiation of Bar reforms, and the adoption of legal clinics to enhance access to justice.

Lending support are committee members Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA) Research and Development Division Head Dean Sedfrey M. Candelaria, former dean of the Ateneo de Manila University College of Law; Philippine Association of Law Schools (PALS) President Dean Joan S. Largo; former Ateneo de Manila University Dean Cynthia R. del Castillo; and Father Saturnino Urios University College of Law Dean Josefe Somera-Ty; Attorneys Charisma I. Nolasco, Rigor R. Pascual, and Jeffrey G. Gallardo of the Office of the Chief Justice; and Association of Law Students of the Philippines Executive Vice President Karizza Kamille M. Cruz. Secretariat are Attorneys Nashmyleen A. Marohomsalic and Gracielle Tejada-Mendoza of the Office of Justice Gesmundo.

The organizing committee will be tasked to consult stakeholders in different regions of the country to determine the problems encountered in legal education and to formulate the proposed solutions to address them.

The inputs will be consolidated by the committee during the regional consultations, identify the common problems encountered, and consider the solutions (including updating the basic law curriculum for purposes of admission to the bar, and adopting the best practices to develop students to become practice-ready lawyers.”

Regional consultations will be conducted preparatory to the proposed two-day Legal Education Summit to be conducted sometime in July. The first leg of the regional consultation will be on 29 April 2019 at the Angeles University Foundation in Angeles City, Pampanga.

Other regional consultations are tentatively set on 16 May 2019 in Baguio City; 21 May 2019 in Cagayan de Oro City; 23 May 2019 in Davao City; 29 May 2019 in Naga City; 30 May 2019 in Cebu City; and 3 June 2019 in Manila.