By Rey Panaligan
The Supreme Court (SC) is set to hold on Monday, June 3, a consultation with various stakeholders in legal education at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in Manila in preparation for the Legal Education Summit (LES) in July this year.
Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin said the LES is aimed at determining the problems encountered in legal education and formulating solutions to address them.
The consultation set in UST will be for the National Capital Region (NCR) and for Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) provinces. It starts at 7:30 a.m. at the BGPOP Building inside the UST campus.
Bersamin said LES will focus on “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.”
In preparation for the summit, Bersamin said regional consultations have been held in many places by the organizing committee headed by SC Associate Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo.
The organizing committee is tasked “to consult the 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 committee will then “consolidate these inputs 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.”
University of the Philippines College of Law Dean Fides Cordero-Tan was designated vice-chairperson of the committee, while SC Associate Justice Marvic M.V.F. Leonen, retired SC Associate Justice Arturo D. Brion, and Atty. Carolyn Mercado of The Asia Foundation were named consultants.
The other members of the committee are 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. In the secretariat are Attorneys Nashmyleen A. Marohomsalic and Gracielle Tejada-Mendoza of the Office of Justice