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Volume 4, No. 2 • December 2015 Volume 4, No. 2 • December 2015
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Volume 4, No. 2 • December 2015

AMICUS , Latin for “friend” or “comrade”, is the faculty bulletin of the Ateneo School of Law. It seeks to build a community of law school faculty members who inspire each other and the studentry to be skilled in the science and art of the law, to be imbued with a burning passion for justice, and to lead in serving the nation for the greater glory of God.

The 2015 Bar Operations – Unprecedented

glory of God. The 2015 Bar Operations – Unprecedented Ateneo Law Bar Examinees celebrate the end

Ateneo Law Bar Examinees celebrate the end of the Bar

Photo by AMPARITA S. STA. MARIA

Inside

the end of the Bar Photo by AMPARITA S. STA. MARIA Inside Ateneo President exhorts ALS

Ateneo President exhorts ALS alumni in public service to Magis at the Red Mass

The Road to Paris Starts in Manila

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ALSC conducts legal aid mission in Macau

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APS hosts conferences on COP21:

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Edmundo Garcia delivers public lecture in ALS

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Teehankee Center for the Rule of Law holds map exhibit and moot court

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Ateneo coalition goes to the peripheries for voters’ education

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ALS attends ICOMOS’ 50th Anniversary and General Assembly in Fukuoka

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AHRC mounts first Foundational Course on Business and Human Rights

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ALAAI holds Grand Alumni Homecoming

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Ateneo Law School recognized at LEB 5th Anniversary Awards Ceremony

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Georgetown Law meets Ateneo Law

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Santiago: The Philippine Exemplar in Building a Vibrant & Caring ASEAN Community

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Updates from the GLSI

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Inside the Refuge of Sinners

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Piecing Together for Peace

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In Memoriam

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Too Good to be False

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Hot Off the Press

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Meet the New Faculty & Staff

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Dean’s Corner By SEDFREY M. CANDELARIA The first semester of the new academic year was

Dean’s Corner

By SEDFREY M. CANDELARIA

The first semester of the new academic year was significantly marked with the Ateneo Law School (ALS) community’s unprecedented expression of cura personalis for our 2015 Bar Examinees. It was a semester which was preceded by an intensified summer Bar operations through a combined effort of ALS administrators, faculty, students, and even alumni. My deepest gratitude extends to everyone who contributed immensely to this process.

This year’s focus on delivery of an enhanced Bar review and preparation has been triggered by a need to improve Bar performance as a result of the impact of the past four years wherein a different type of Bar Examination was implemented by the Supreme Court. A summary of the past four years of passing percentages showed the three top law schools (Ateneo, San Beda, and U.P.) averaging within the 70s mark indicative of the effect of the

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By JORGE ALFONSO C. MELO

Unprecedented /ˌənˈpresədən(t)əd/ “never done or known before”. The word can be used to describe the collective gasp and groan of the Ateneo community as the results of the 2014 Bar Exams were released. While the nation scored a miserly 18% in a Bar Exam that was regarded as quite difficult, it was Ateneo’s overall passing percentage that elicited quite a bit of shock. Never before had Ateneo’s passing percentage dipped towards 50%; and while this was still higher compared to the national average, Ateneans young and old were flabbergasted like never before.

With that statistic in the past, the Ateneo Law School, led by Dean Sedfrey M. Candelaria and Associate Dean Lily K. Gruba, resolved to make a strong comeback and prove again that Ateneo is the best law school in the country. Drawing boards were dusted off, thinking hats donned, souls searched, and counsel taken. To paraphrase Dean Candelaria in his send-off message before the first exam in 2015, “No mas, no mas is not an option. We have to do more.” As always, the dedication of the volunteers of the 2015 Bar Operations is impressive. While the names of all the volunteers deserve mention, there is not enough space or a small enough font size to accommodate them all.

Many professors, alumni, and the school administration redoubled efforts to help in the Bar Operations. There was

alumni, and the school administration redoubled efforts to help in the Bar Operations. There was continued

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Dean’s Corner By SEDFREY M. CANDELARIA experiment. But the 2015 Bar Examination, chaired by Associate
Dean’s Corner By SEDFREY M. CANDELARIA experiment. But the 2015 Bar Examination, chaired by Associate
Dean’s Corner By SEDFREY M. CANDELARIA experiment. But the 2015 Bar Examination, chaired by Associate
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Dean’s Corner By SEDFREY M. CANDELARIA experiment. But the 2015 Bar Examination, chaired by Associate
Dean’s Corner By SEDFREY M. CANDELARIA experiment. But the 2015 Bar Examination, chaired by Associate
Dean’s Corner By SEDFREY M. CANDELARIA experiment. But the 2015 Bar Examination, chaired by Associate
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Dean’s Corner

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experiment. But the 2015 Bar Examination, chaired by Associate Justice Teresita Leonardo- de Castro, is expected to bring about a turnaround for most law schools in light of the full shift to an all-essay examination. Our implementation of the Tracking System for elective subjects will be in full swing by August 2016. Pre-enlistment has been undertaken by the sophomores this month to determine the number of enrolees in the three tracks, including the streams of concentration chosen by the students. It is coincidental that this year’s alumni homecoming was hosted by the first J.D. graduates of AY 1990-91 marking 25 years of the J.D. curriculum. The Enhanced J.D. curriculum received a booster from Batch ’91 when they donated Php 200,000.00 as their token of appreciation. Our heartfelt thanks extend to Batch ’91. Things are moving quite positively in our international linkages program. Our recent signing of two academic agreements with the Coventry University (UK) and the University of Hawaii – Richardson School of Law promises to open new opportunities for both our faculty and students in pursuit of graduate degrees. We had a head start with Kyushu University when Prof. Ma. Rowena Soriano-Dionisio left this first semester to pursue a master of laws on a dual degree program between Kyushu University and Ateneo Law School. Other faculty members namely, Profs. Luz Danielle Bolong and Edzyl Josef Magante, have also been accepted at Harvard Law School’s LL.M. Program. Prof. Ignatius Michael Ingles, on the otherhand, is with Georgetown University Law School. A recent visit by a Georgetown University administrator bore fruit with an offer to provide subsidized tuition for our faculty applicants. It is hoped that these initiatives could encourage more faculty members to avail of even, at least, short-term visits to supplement their teaching and practice needs. I am pleased to inform the faculty that support funding from the Central Administration and the ALS may be tapped for the purpose. We are painstakingly finalizing our personnel component for the Legal Services Center and Graduate Legal Studies Institute with the entry of new co-workers. It is aimed at beefing up our delivery of pioneering programs related to the development of trial skills and research capacity for our law students.

Additional staff have also been hired to attend to our information technology and continuing legal education needs. Welcome, Mr. Michael John Ordoña. Allow me to thank the much invigorated Academic Departments for their healthy competition to upgrade course syllabi, curriculum content, teaching methods, and mentoring. The success of the Departments is the cornerstone of our academic reforms. ALS grieves the death of former Dean Eduardo D. de los Angeles and Prof. Alan F. Paguia a few months ago. They have served the Law School well during their teaching stints. Please continue to include them in your prayers.

We welcome back Prof. Maria Luisa Isabel L. Rosales, who has just finished her LL.M. at Harvard Law School. Prof. Ryan Jeremiah D. Quan is also back from Notre Dame University on a similar program. Another returning faculty is Prof. Gilbert

V. Sembrano, who has done a tremendous

humanitarian mission work in Afghanistan for the past year. This semester, Justice Arturo D. Brion also returned to teaching by offering Constitutional Litigation and the Power of Judicial Review. He hopes to be more present after finishing his term with the Judiciary. AHRC Executive Director, Atty. Ray Paolo

J. Santiago, deserves commendation for

having received the ASEAN Peoples’ Award (National Winner) conferred by ASEAN itself. You have made us proud! In a fitting cap to the series of conversations on legal education, the Philippine Association of Law Schools (PALS) held its annual convention (December 4-7, 2015) in Guam with the theme, “Global Trends in Legal Education.” International Criminal Court (ICC) Judge, Dr. Raul C. Pangalangan was the keynote speaker. Our host was Chief Justice Robert John Torres, Jr. of the Guam Supreme Court. Other speakers were Dean Royce Reynolds of Australian Catholic University,

Dean Melencio S. Sta. Maria (FEU), and Atty. Elaine May Bathan of University of San Jose – Recoletos. Outgoing PALS President, Dean Nilo T. Divina (UST), passed the torch over to Dean Soledad Margarita Deriquito-Mawis (Lyceum of the Philippines). Good luck to the new set of officers. We congratulate Dean Andres Bautista for his tough assignment at COMELEC as Chairperson. At the rate the presidential pre-campaign season is developing, novel legal issues on citizenship and residency will emerge which could eventually change

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Ateneo President exhorts ALS alumni in public service to Magis at the Red Mass

On

October 15, 2015, the Chapel

of

St. Thomas More was once

again filled with distinguished Law School alumni appointed to the judiciary and public service. Every year, the Law School sponsors

a Red Mass to invoke light,

inspiration, and fortitude from the Holy Spirit for its faculty, students,

and graduates, particularly those who have heeded the call to join the ranks of government.

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the political landscape in 2016. Let us support him in his quest for an honest, free, and clean elections. The Student Council has received from Canada Fund some support for a very laudable project to promote voters’ literacy. They are working in coalition with the Ateneo Human Rights Center and the Legal Network for Truthful Elections to mobilize student volunteers. As the year comes to an end, I pray for more blessings to come your way. Please pray for peace as the world community continues to be tested by a spate of violence and innocent human suffering. In our own little way, let us contribute in spreading a collective sense of compassion and empathy within our immediate spheres of influence. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

By MARIA PATRICIA CERVANTES-POCO

This year’s mass was officiated by the University President, Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin, S.J. In his homily, Fr. Villarin emphasized that the legal profession is “also a

ministry, a way of service, a way of healing this messy world.” He exhorted the crowd not to see themselves as “mere technicians of the law, repair professionals, or referees,” but as “stewards of the truth, of justice, and of power.” Fr. Villarin talked about a particular image associated with the Holy Spirit, that of fire, which has two dimensions or attributes – light, and energy or heat. Of the first attribute, he explained, “the Spirit gives light, light for us to see the truth. The Holy Spirit gives us light to see what we need to see, truth beneath the surface, beyond the horizon. Most of the sorrowful mysteries in life exist because we

latch on to shallow truths. For men and women of faith, the truth is, we are children of this earth, but we are also children of God. That is why we are not mere technicians of the law.” He continued by explaining the second attribute of fire, “the Spirit gives us power – inspiration, heat, warmth of the fire. What for? For us to act on what we see. When you talk about power, you talk about motive force. Who is all this for? What is the direction of my life? Is it power, or wealth? St. Ignatius gives us a clue on these motive forces. He tells us about the magis, the more, el mas.” Fr. Villarin clarified that the Ateneo creed of magis does not simply mean excellence, as distorted magis can become narcissism. He explained that “the enemy of talented people

is the good, not the bad. The enemy is the good, because you can do many good things, but the challenge is to do what is greater – the better thing. We can spend all our lives doing good, when we are called to do better, the greater thing, the greater good, for the greater glory. Magis is the spirit of doing greater things out of a greater love. It must be because of and out of love, otherwise, it descends to narcissism.” Finally, he reminded the honorees about the image of the Holy Spirit as the wind. “We fly high, and we sometimes forget the wind.” He said, “we become enamored by our wingspan, our reach, but let us remember that the thing that sustains us is the wind – the Holy Spirit.” A simple dinner and a testimonial were held at the atrium after the mass.

dinner and a testimonial were held at the atrium after the mass. Photos courtesy of the

Photos courtesy of the ATENEO LAW ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

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ALSC conducts legal aid mission in Macau

By MARIA PATRICIA R. CERVANTES-POCO

aid mission in Macau By MARIA PATRICIA R. CERVANTES-POCO ALSC with Mr. Sam Wei (leftmost) and

ALSC with Mr. Sam Wei (leftmost) and Mr. Jay Patrick Santiago (rightmost) of the HKIAC

marriage laws, and succession. Taking advantage of the proximity of Macau to Hong Kong, the ALSC spent another day to pay the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong a courtesy call, and to visit the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) and the University of Hong Kong (HKU)

Faculty of Law. ALS alumnus, Atty. Jay Patrick Santiago (ALS Batch 2008), counsel at the HKIAC, gave a tour of the facilities and a briefing on the mediation and arbitration rules of Hong Kong. The group also met Professors Lindsey Ernst and David Bishop of HKU, with whom they exchanged information about clinical legal programs and human rights initiatives — both being possible areas of collaboration between the two law schools. The ALSC hopes to find more opportunities to give legal assistance to overseas Filipino workers in other parts of the world, as well as to learn about global dispute resolution practices to develop and improve its own legal service delivery to its clients.

Upon the invitation of the Philippine Consulate General in Macau (PCG Macau), the Ateneo Legal Services (ALSC) embarked on a four-day mission to Macau and Hong Kong, delivering a series of legal lectures and conducting free one-on-one legal consultations on November 27 to December 1, 2015. Joining the mission were ALSC’s Director, Axel Rupert Cruz, and supervising attorneys, Takahiro Kenjie Aman and Patricia Cervantes-Poco. The ALSC was tasked by PCG Macau to deliver lectures

on the Magna Carta of Women and the Anti-Sexual Harassment Act of 1995 to officers and staff of the consulate, as part of their mandated Gender and Development program. The rest of the ALSC’s stay in Macau was devoted to giving legal advice to members of the Filipino community, whose most common concerns were annulment of marriage and support. The ALSC also delivered lectures to the Filipino community on the Anti- Violence against Women and their Children Act, property acquisition,

against Women and their Children Act, property acquisition, The ALSC with the PCG Macau officers and

The ALSC with the PCG Macau officers and staff after the Gender and Development training seminar

APS hosts conferences on COP21: The Road to Paris Starts in Manila

By JOYCE MELCAR T. TAN

On October 6, 2015, the Ateneo Professional Schools (APS) hosted two conferences, COP21: Expectations, Challenges,

Opportunities; and Climate Justice. The events were part of the Climate Week celebration organized by the French Embassy to raise awareness of the 21st Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which will be held in Paris from November 30 to December 11,

2015.

Dr. Manuel Dayrit, Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health Dean, welcomed the delegates on behalf of APS. He said that Ateneo has always recognized climate change as a priority area for research and advocacy. He also mentioned that,

area for research and advocacy. He also mentioned that, Mr. Laurent Legodec, Deputy Head of Mission

Mr. Laurent Legodec, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of France

as a Catholic university, Ateneo takes seriously Pope Francis’ message in his climate change encyclical, Laudato Si’, calling for humility to recognize the human roots of our current ecological crisis. Acknowledging that this global crisis requires a multidisciplinary and multisectoral approach, the French Embassy brought together individuals of various backgrounds

to discuss possible strategies to tackle climate change, including international and local policymakers, environmentalists, lawyers, artists, musicians, and writers. Delegates discussed the disproportionate effects of climate change on the developing world, particularly on small- island developing states and coastal communities; the

European Union’s example of cutting emissions while growing GDP; and the Philippines’ Intended Nationally Determined Contributions committing to reduce carbon emissions by 70% by 2030. Various artists and environmentalists showcased how they use their work as vehicles for climate awareness. Building on the first conference, the second conference on Climate Justice tackled the deeper issue of why climate change is not just a scientific issue, but also a human rights issue that involves everyone. Both conferences examined COP21’s core purpose: to establish a legally binding, global agreement to cut carbon emissions in order to keep the increase in temperature to below 2oC, to ensure a habitable earth.

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Edmundo Garcia delivers public lecture in ALS

The Ateneo Law School hosted

a public lecture by Professor

Edmundo Garcia, entitled “Reflective Peace Process:

Drawing Relevant Lessons,” at the Ateneo Professional Schools Auditorium on September 25,

2015. The talk was part of a series

of public lectures in line with

the 2015 Traditional University Awards, which give recognition to those who exemplify the values of the University. Prof. Garcia was conferred the Parangal Lingkod Sambayanan Award by the Ateneo de Manila University for his outstanding work in the peace process. He was a member of the 1986 Constitutional Commission and was the principal sponsor of the provision creating the Commission on Human Rights in the present Constitution. He is a founding member of a number of peace organizations in the country and he spent the past two decades as a senior policy advisor at an international peace-building organization, working in different parts of the world.

By HARVEY BILANG (4-C), TRIXIE ELAMPARO (4-B), CHRISTIAN SORONGON (3-A), PATRICK COCABO (4-B), KEVIN ALCID (3-D), and ROGE RAMIREZ (3-D)

COCABO (4-B), KEVIN ALCID (3-D), and ROGE RAMIREZ (3-D) Prof. Garcia (6th from the right) with

Prof. Garcia (6th from the right) with the student volunteers and organizers from the elective course,

Seminar on Peace Processes and Peace Agreements in the Philippines, taught by Atty. Ramon Miguel Samson

(4th from the right)

In his lecture, Prof. Garcia remarked that Filipinos should be proud that the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution, seen as an effective yet peaceful means of seeking change, has been emulated in other parts of the world. He recalled his experience in international peace- building and highlighted that the Philippines should learn from

the various strategies adopted in other countries in addressing the challenges that the country is currently facing in the peace process. Prof. Garcia also appealed to all the students to strive to become lawyers with a conscience and to work for human rights and justice in order for the country to have lasting peace.

Photo by DENISE SALES

At the end of the program, Dean Sedfrey M. Candelaria, who is a former member of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines Peace Negotiating

Panel, presented Prof. Garcia with

a token of gratitude. “We will

hold more talks like this in order for students to be more aware of social issues in our country,” said Dean Candelaria.

Teehankee Center for the Rule of Law holds map exhibit and moot court

By THEA ELYSSA C. VEGA

On November 26 to 27, 2015, to commemorate the 26th Death Anniversary of Chief Justice Claudio Teehankee, the Teehankee

Center for the Rule of Law (TCRL), together with the Ateneo Society

of International Law, organized a

moot court competition, entitled “The Case Concerning the Haze Crisis in Southeast Somchai:

Republic of Megat v. Federal Republic of Luka” with the theme “Sustainable Environment and International Environmental Laws.” The compromis involved a haze crisis, similar to the current situation in the ASEAN. The moot court competition was attended by nine law schools from all over the country, namely, Xavier University, Ateneo

from all over the country, namely, Xavier University, Ateneo Amb. competition de Zamboanga, University of Batangas,

Amb.

competition

de Zamboanga, University of Batangas, University of San Agustin, Tarlac State University, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, University of Sto. Tomas, University of Cebu – Banilad and Cagayan State University. The judges for the final

Teehankee

(center)

with

the

judges

of

the

TCRL

moot

court

round were Atty. Eduardo De Mesa, Atty. Antonio Oposa, Regional Trial Court Judge Joy Torres, Amb. Manuel Teehankee, and Department of Justice Assistant Secretary Geronimo Sy. Former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban, together with Dean Sedfrey M.

Candelaria and Amb. Teehankee,

awarded the winners. University

of San Agustin was the first runner-

up, and University of Cebu-Banilad emerged as champion. At the same time, there was a week-long exhibit of the replicas of the maps of Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio. These maps are part of his personal collection that he used as basis for the Philippines’ claim in the West Philippine Sea in the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague.

The said court recently ruled favorably regarding its jurisdiction

of the case. The exhibit includes an

assortment of Chinese maps, such

as the “Kun Yu Wan Guo Quan Tu”

from the Ming Dynasty drawn in 1602, and the popular Murillo map drawn by a Jesuit, Pedro Murillo Velarde ,in 1734.

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Ateneo coalition goes to the peripheries for voters’ education

By CYNDY P. DELA CRUZ

Out of two hundred applications submitted to the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives this year, the Law School Student Council (SC), in coalition with the Ateneo Human Rights Center (AHRC) and the Legal Network for Truthful Elections - Ateneo Chapter (LENTE), was awarded a grant to mobilize Ateneo students to conduct voters’ education for the marginalized and underrepresented sectors. The coalition’s project is one of five grantees and it is the only project that will be implemented in Luzon. The other grantee-projects will be implemented in Mindanao. The goal of the coalition is to empower those who are usually unheard in the electoral process - those who have no knowledge or means to protect their rights against election offenses. The voters’ education will engage the communities to determine

voters’ education will engage the communities to determine The 2015 grantees of the Canada Fund for

The 2015 grantees of the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives together with Canadian Ambassador Neil Reeder

their individual and communal needs, analyze the impact of the elections on how those needs can be met, and learn how they are to protect their votes. The project comprises of two phases: (1) training of the Ateneo Law School students, and (2) deployment of the students to marginalized communities.

AHRC, LENTE, and Simbahang Lingkod Bayan have officially started training the students last November 17, and will continue to hold trainings until the end of January 2016, in preparation for the Grand Deployment Day on February 1, 2016. The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives is a competitive small

grantsprogramthatprovidesdirect funding assistance to community groups, non-government organizations (NGO), people’s organizations and in exceptional cases, international NGOs, and government institutions for small development projects addressing governance, economic, and other social development issues.

ALS attends ICOMOS’ 50th Anniversary and General Assembly in Fukuoka

By TAKAHIRO KENJIE C. AMAN

The Ateneo Law School (ALS) was invited to the International Council on Monuments and Sites’ (ICOMOS) 50th Anniversary Celebration and General Assembly in Fukuoka, Japan, from October 26 to 31, 2015. Professors Ryan Jeremiah D. Quan and Takahiro Kenjie C. Aman represented the ALS, and were received in Fukuoka by Professor Toshiyuki Kono, the Vice President of Japan ICOMOS. Professor Kono is the Director of the International Program of the Kyushu University, with which the ALS has forged a partnership on joint degrees. The week-long celebration, consisting of meetings and symposia, was held in the landmark ACROS Fukuoka, the center of international, cultural, and information exchange of Fukuoka, and a pioneer of ecological architecture. The event

Fukuoka, and a pioneer of ecological architecture. The event (L-R) Prof. Antonio Formacion, Atty. Ryan Quan,

(L-R) Prof. Antonio Formacion, Atty. Ryan Quan, Atty. Kenjie Aman, fellow participants from ICOMOS, Prof. Steven Van Uytsel, and Atty. Rowena Soriano strike a pose during a light moment.

was attended by more than 190 participants. The first day kicked off with regional meetings in the morning, and scientific committee meetings in the afternoon. The representatives in the meetings were later on joined by the international observers in a welcome reception hosted by ICOMOS for all delegates.

The following day, Andrew S. Potts, the Executive Director of US ICOMOS, updated the participants on the organization’s efforts to mainstream cultural heritage using the framework of the new 15-year United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG). He proudly reported that the UN finally recognized heritage protection as a priority,

which led to its inclusion in UNSDG as Target 11.4. Later that day, several presenters provided snapshots of best practices in modern heritage conservation. On the third and fourth days, participants attended whole day plenary sessions with the following themes: “ICOMOS, Half a Century of Diversity and Conciliation for Peace,” and “Risks to Identity: Loss of Traditions and Collective Memory.” Most notable from these sessions was the one given by Dr. Pamela Jordan from Canada, wherein she illustrated how acoustics, or soundscape, can be utilized to retrieve and preserve collective memory and heritage. On the final day, all participants were treated to an excursion to the archaeological site of Munakata, the industrial sites of Miike and Yahata, and the histo-cultural site of Nagasaki.

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Dean Candelaria delivers Metrobank Foundation professorial chair lecture

By NINA PATRICIA D. SISON-ARROYO

Dean Sedfrey M. Candelaria presented his treatise on the sovereign debt crisis at the 12th Metrobank Foundation Professorial Chair Lecture Series held on October 28, 2015, at the Metrobank Plaza Auditorium, Makati City. As the holder of the Professorial Chair on Law and Economics, he delivered his paper, entitled ´Til Debt Do Us Part: Revisiting the Rule of Law in Sovereign Debt Crisis, before an audience comprising of justices, judges, law practitioners, academics, businesspersons, and law students.

academics, businesspersons, and law students. Hon. Adolfo S. Azcuna, Chancellor of the Philippine Judicial

Hon. Adolfo S. Azcuna, Chancellor of the Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA), opened the event. Esteemed experts in the field, Dr. Luis Dumlao of the Department of Economics of the

Ateneo de Manila University and Atty. Armando L. Suratos of the Monetary Board of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, served as reactors. No less than Chief Justice

Maria Lourdes P.A. Sereno joined the Metrobank Foundation, Inc. in presenting the endowment to Dean Candelaria, and delivered the closing remarks. The Metrobank Foundation Professorial Chair provides assistance to PHILJA to encourage its Corps of Professors to author and publish treatises that introduce innovative concepts in designated areas of law, which promote competence, excellence, and efficiency in the Philippine

justice system. Dean Candelaria is

a PHILJA professor, and he heads

the Research, Publications, and Linkages Office of PHILJA.

AHRC mounts first Foundational Course on Business and Human Rights

By VERONICA MAE C. YAN

Last October 20 to 23, 2015, the Ateneo Human Rights Center (AHRC), together with the Graduate Legal Studies Institute, and with full support from the ASEAN Corporate Social Responsibility Network, organized a Foundational Course on Business and Human Rights at the Ateneo Professional Schools in Rockwell, Makati City. The course aimed to help its participants appreciate human rights and business concepts, leading them to realize that the protection of human rights in business operations is both possible and necessary. Twenty-three participants from government, the private sector,

participants from government, the private sector, civil society, and the academe participated in the course.
participants from government, the private sector, civil society, and the academe participated in the course.

civil society, and the academe participated in the course. In the span of four days, the participants completed 25 hours of course work on basic business and human rights concepts, governance, and corporate legal accountability. The course

contextualized the discussions through sessions showing the relationship between business and human rights promotion and protection in the Philippines. Resource persons representing local businesses shared their good practices on corporate

local businesses shared their good practices on corporate social responsibility to give the participants a better

social responsibility to give the participants a better appreciation

of the possible interplay of human

rights protection and promotion in business operations. The course also tackled the roles of the different sectors in promoting human rights in business operations. The participants learned not only from the guest lecturers but also from the discussions among themselves, as they shared with each other their expertise and personal experiences. Sessions that encouraged proactive measures in promoting human rights in the workplace capped the course, the result of which was a National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights drafted by the participants.

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ALS Class of 1991, host of this year’s homecoming, pose for a picture just like old times.

Photos by ROMMEL TRINIDAD and the AUTHOR

ALAAI holds Grand Alumni Homecoming

On October 23, 2015, the Ateneo Law Alumni Association

Inc. (ALAAI) celebrated its Grand Alumni Homecoming at the Shangri-La Hotel, Makati City. Organized by Class 1991, it was

a night of good food and great

music. Ateneo Law School (ALS)

alumni, in their lovely gowns, stunning dark suits, and crisp embroidered barongs, gathered

to

celebrate with their colleagues

in

the legal profession. It was

a

fun-filled night of bonding,

rekindling, and catching up with old friends. The ALAAI awarded three distinguished alumni for their important roles and accomplishments in the academe, judiciary, and private practice. Dean Cynthia Roxas- Del Castillo was given the Distinguished Alumni Award for the Academe.

She was dean of the ALS from 1990 to 2000, having the distinction

of being the youngest and only

female dean of the Law School. Justice Adolfo Azcuna received the Distinguished Alumni Award for Judiciary. Before being appointed Justice of the Supreme Court, he served as Presidential Legal Counsel and was a key member of the 1986 Constitutional Commission. He was recently elected commissioner of the International Commission of

By FRANCES LIPNICA PABILANE

Jurists and is also the Chancellor of the Philippine Judicial Academy. Finally, Atty. Ruben Fruto was given the Distinguished Alumni Award for Private Practice.

Atty. Fruto served as Chief Legal Counsel and Senior Vice President of the Development Bank of the Philippines. He also served as Undersecretary of Finance,

among other notable positions.

During the Grand Alumni

Homecoming, the members of ALAAI also voted for the trustees of the organization. Elected to the Board of Trustees were Tereso Javier, Victor Alimurung,

Liberador Villegas, Teodoro Cruz, Jr., Agnes Devanadera, Virgilio Gesmundo, George Nograles, Ma. Filomena Legaspi-Rosales, Aleli Angela Quirio, Ma. Victoria Rotor- Hilado, Raul Gerodias, Joel Lloren, Tranquil Salvador III, Ernesto Maceda, Jr., Ma. Milagros Fernan- Cayosa, Jose Martin Tensuan, Ray Paolo Santiago, Francis Africa, Blessilda Abad-Gamo, Carlo Villarama, and Armand Dulay. ALAAI elected its officers on November 5, 2015. Teodoro Cruz, Jr. and Aleli Angela Quirino were elected as Chairperson and Vice Chairperson of the

Board, respectively. Ma. Filomena Legaspi-Rosales was elected as President. The other elected officers were Remedios Montecastro-Lim, Jose Martin Tensuan, Ernesto Perez, Ma. Victoria Rotor-Hilado, Blessilda Abad-Gamo, Carlo Villarama, and Ma. Milagros Fernan-Cayosa. The newly elected officers and trustees of the ALAAI took their oath at the organization’s Christmas Party and Fellowship Night held on December 3, 2015, at Rockwell Club, Makati City. The oath-taking was led by Justice Ma. Theresa Gomez-Estoesta of the Sandiganbayan.

by Justice Ma. Theresa Gomez-Estoesta of the Sandiganbayan. ALS distinguished alumni Atty. Ruben Fruto, Justice Adolfo

ALS distinguished alumni Atty. Ruben Fruto, Justice Adolfo Azcuna, and Dean Cynthia Roxas-Del Castillo, joined by their loved ones, receive their awards on stage.

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Ateneo Law School recognized at LEB 5th Anniversary Awards Ceremony

By TANYA KARINA A. LAT

Ateneo Law School (ALS) was recognized together with other top-ranking law schools during the Legal Education Board (LEB) 5th Founding Anniversary Celebration Awards Ceremony held at the Bayleaf Hotel, Intramuros on December 1, 2015. During this well-attended dinner event, the LEB honored the topnotchers of the 2014 Bar Examinations and the top 10 law schools based on their performance in the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Bar Examinations. With a passing percentage of 67.55%, ALS ranked second place in the category of law schools with more than 20 examinees. Dean Sedfrey M. Candelaria received the award on behalf of ALS. Ateneo graduates Atty. Christian A. Drilon and Atty. Tristan Mathew T. Delgado, who placed second and tenth, respectively, in the 2014 Bar Examinations, were awarded medallions of excellence by the LEB.

were awarded medallions of excellence by the LEB. The Awards Ceremony turned out to be a

The Awards Ceremony turned out to be a happy reunion of Ateneans who have distinguished themselves as scholars and administrators in legal academia. Present were Dean Manuel P. Quibod of Ateneo de Davao, Atty. Ernesto P. Maceda, Jr., former dean of PLM and newly-installed president of Universidad de Manila, Dean Marisol DL Anenias, the newly-installed dean of PLM, and Dean Raul Villanueva of

Ateneo de Cagayan. Prof. Manuel R. Riguera, LEB Board Member and the evening’s Master of Ceremonies, is an ALS alumnus. Palawan State University, which is headed by Dean Perry Pe, another ALS alumnus, was also recognized for being ranked second in the category of law schools with five to 19 examinees. The other awardees in the same category as ALS were the University of the Philippines (1st

place, 73.71%), San Beda College- Manila (3rd place, 67.13%), University of San Carlos (4th place, 58%), Ateneo de Davao University (5th place, 53.02%), University of Santo Tomas (6th place, 43.98%), University of Cebu (7th place, 41.49%), San Beda College-Alabang (8th place, 39.10%), Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (9th place, 35.80%), and Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan (10th place, 32.20%).

Georgetown Law meets Ateneo Law

By TANYA KARINA A. LAT

Officials of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. paid a rare visit to the Philippines last November 2015 to meet with their counterparts from the

Ateneo de Manila University and to encourage Ateneans to explore possibilities for collaboration and graduate studies. Georgetown University Chairman of the Board William J. Doyle, together with Fr.

Bienvenido F. Nebres, S.J., hosted cocktails for Georgetown alumni in Manila on November 1, 2015 at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel. Fr. Nebres, the longest-serving President of the Ateneo de Manila University, sits on the

President of the Ateneo de Manila University, sits on the Board of Trustees of Georgetown University.

Board of Trustees of Georgetown University. On November 9, 2015, Atty. Caryn Voland, the Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs of Georgetown University Law Center, conducted an information session at the Ateneo Law School, which was attended by Ateneo Law students and faculty, as well as members of the Philippine Association of Law Schools. Atty. Voland talked about the value of an LL.M. degree and pursuing graduate studies in Washington, D.C. She was joined on the panel by Georgetown Law alumni Prof. Tanya Lat and Atty. Jorge Franco Sarmiento, an ALS alumnus. Other Georgetown Law alumni on the ALS faculty include Associate Dean Lily Gruba, Prof. Roy Rafols, and Prof. Johann Espiritu. Prof. Mickey Ingles is currently at Georgetown completing his LL.M. studies.

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ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

Co-heads: Angelo Arayata and Cecile Gotamco Team heads: Kristine Borja, Joachim Dompor, Thea Vega, Carlo Africa, Patrick Arcellana, Vet Lim, Jon Tecson, and Isa Avanceña

ACADEMICS DEPARTMENT

Overall heads: Pat Geraldez and KC Villanueva

Team heads: Zarah Rovero, Jason Arteche, Cara Henares, Charles Avila, Emmanuel Rey Burgos, Maria Ivy Gonzales, Chynah Marie Monzon, Hacel Dela Cruz, Karla Galang, Joefel Nambatac, Charla Tsoi, Samantha Tan, Stephanie Dysangco, Paolo Fondevilla, Katherine Manongsong, Rozen Cayetano, Kyna Pasamba, Mariel Sadang, Arvy Uy, Diego Luis S. Santiago, and Ayzeris B. Ong

HOTEL OPERATIONS

Overall heads: Cyndy Dela Cruz and Daisy Ducepec

Team heads: Viktor Morales, Denise Sales, Marie Panganiban, Arisa Suzuki, Sang Mee Lee, Carlo Ayson, Floyd Pacamarra, and Julian Torcuator

Mee Lee, Carlo Ayson, Floyd Pacamarra, and Julian Torcuator Dozens of care packages put together with

Dozens of care packages put together with love for the bar examinees

The 2015 Bar Operations – Unprecedented

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even greater cooperation between the administration and the students. This year, the Bar Review Committee, chaired by Assoc. Dean Gruba, oversaw all aspects of the Bar Operations, starting from the preparation of summer reviewers and enlisting professors to help put together Bar materials, to the preparation of blue tips. The 2015 Bar Operations also saw the introduction of innovations and improvements, such as the much earlier release of all review materials, giving of backpack/care packages to examinees, and special lectures or sessions for Ateneans re-taking the Bar, among others. Whether the efforts of the volunteers, their teachers, and the school administration will launch our passing rate back to the high 80s, 90s, or perhaps 100% remains to be seen. Meanwhile, barely a week after the end of the Bar Examinations, preparations and brainstorming for the 2016 Bar Operations have already begun. Magis, indeed. Not “no mas, no mas.” While the giddy high of the end of the exams and the endless parties have probably not worn off yet, the agonizing wait for that fateful day in April or May next year also begins. Our support for the Bar Examinees does not end at five o’clock in the afternoon of the last Sunday of the Bar. As always, the entire Ateneo community waits and prays with them. No matter the outcome, we will be with them. As always.

No matter the outcome, we will be with them. As always. Professors and students alike take

Professors and students alike take time off and work together to support the Bar candidates.

time off and work together to support the Bar candidates. Student volunteers for this year’s Bar

Student volunteers for this year’s Bar Operations pose for a picture despite the hectic preparations. Photos by 2015 BAR OPERATIONS VOLUNTEERS

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Ray Paolo J. Santiago: The Philippine Exemplar in Building a Vibrant and Caring ASEAN Community

By JAYMIE ANN R. REYES and MA. NGINA TERESA V. CHAN-GONZAGA

Atty. Ray Paolo Santiago, better known as Arpee, was chosen as national winner of the first ever ASEAN Peoples’ Award. Those who have worked with Arpee can attest to his dedication and passion for human rights not only in the Philippines, but also in the ASEAN region. He is a man who wears many hats, including that of an alternative lawyer and an inspirational educator. He is presently the Executive Director of the Ateneo Human Rights Center (AHRC), the Secretary- General of the Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism (Working Group), and professor at the Ateneo Law School. AHRC advocates rule of law and human rights in the Philippines and the ASEAN region, and is an institutional member of the Alternative Law Groups – a coalition of legal organizations working on different human rights issues. AHRC takes part in several initiatives including monitoring of extralegal killings, enforced disappearances, and torture cases. In line with this, Arpee has served as a resource person in various trainings on human rights and international humanitarian law. The Working Group is an informal coalition of individuals and groups from the Southeast Asian region working for human rights institution-development in ASEAN. The ASEAN Charter recognizes the Working Group

in ASEAN. The ASEAN Charter recognizes the Working Group Atty. Arpee Santiago receiving the ASEAN Peoples’

Atty. Arpee Santiago receiving the ASEAN Peoples’ Award as Philippine winner

as an “Entity Associated with ASEAN.” Since 1996, the Working Group has been meeting the foreign ministers and senior officials of ASEAN and other relevant stakeholders to campaign for the establishment of a human rights mechanism in the ASEAN region. Arpee has advocated in and observed negotiations for the ASEAN Charter in 2008, the ASEAN

Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights in 2009, the ASEAN Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children in 2010, and the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration in 2012. At present, the Working Group continues to engage with different stakeholders for the strengthening of these mechanisms and the human rights protection framework in the region. At ALS, Arpee has been teaching International Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law, Constitutional Law, Legal Profession, and Civil Law. He has also served as mentor to different law students from different universities through AHRC’s internship formation program. The ASEAN Peoples’ Award was established by the ASEAN to honor ASEAN Member States’ citizens or organizations who have made outstanding contributions to the creation of a united, prosperous, and caring ASEAN Community. The theme of this year’s inaugural Awards is “Building a Vibrant and Caring ASEAN Community”. The winners were recognized at the ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur in November. With his dedication to human rights and teaching, Arpee truly embodies Ignatian magis and is a wonderful example of a young, dynamic, and inspirational leader deserving of recognition.

dynamic, and inspirational leader deserving of recognition. Arpee and his wife, Nina Alentajan-Santiago, at the 27

Arpee and his wife, Nina Alentajan-Santiago, at the 27 th ASEAN Summit in Kula Lumpur

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Updates from the Graduate Legal Studies Institute

By AMPARITA S. STA. MARIA and RYAN JEREMIAH D. QUAN

Linkages

AMPARITA S. STA. MARIA and RYAN JEREMIAH D. QUAN L inkages an LL.M. degree upon completion

an LL.M. degree upon completion of additional courses and requirements.

Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (MHRD)

The MHRD is part of the Global Campus of Regional Masters Human Rights and Democratisation Programmes. The MHRD program represents the Asia-Pacific region of said Global Campus and is currently based in University of Sydney (USYD). As one of the partners of USYD, ALS will be welcoming seven foreign students in January, who will take up a Human Rights course and will do either their internship or thesis in human rights. These requirements are necessary for the completion of their post- graduate degree to be awarded by USYD. This

will be the last year for USYD as the university in charge with the program for the Asia-Pacific region. In AY 2016 -2017, Mahidol University Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies will serve as the lead university for the Asia- Pacific program.

Kyushu University

Through the Dual Degree LL.M. Program between ALS and Kyushu University (KU), ALS has sent its first scholar, Atty. Rowena Soriano, to KU to pursue a Master of Laws degree in International Economic and Business Law. Aside from completing the required courses for the post-graduate degree in KU, Atty. Soriano is also aiming for a possible Graduate Diploma from EU Institute also in KU. When she finishes her thesis, she will present the same in Goettingen University, a partner university of KU in Germany.

Thesis

This AY 2015-2016, there were 187 J.D. students who defended their theses. GLSI was able to successfully invite a total of 80 panelists. There were also 64 faculty members who agreed to become advisers.

MasTer of Laws (LL.M.) PrograM

There are 12 LL.M. students currently enrolled this AY 2015-2016, with six students in their first year. This is also the first time that the LL.M. program accepted two foreign students - from Nepal and Japan. The total number of students (including those who are on leave) for the LL.M. program are 34.

WSRSL, University of Hawai’i

Last October 29, 2015, Dean Sedfrey M. Candelaria, together with Profs. Amparita Sta. Maria and Ramon Ereñeta, flew to Honolulu to meet with the faculty and students of the William S. Richardson School of Law (WSRSL), University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Associate Dean Denise E. Antolini hosted a lunch reception where Prof. Sta. Maria made a presentation on the Ateneo Law School LL.M. Program. After some questions from the faculty and students, Dean Candelaria thanked the university for the gracious welcome, and was presented with a book on Hawaiian Native Law Treatise. In the afternoon, there was a ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the ALS and the WSRSL. The Memorandum covers collaboration, cooperation, and partnership between the two institutions in the areas of faculty research and exchanges, student internships and research visits, and project collaborations between the centers, institutes, and programs of both law schools.

Coventry University

The Agreement between ALS and Coventry University (CU) is almost finalized. Once signed by all the parties, students may avail of the ladderized J.D. – LL.M. Program, wherein ALS graduates who meet the requirements may choose to pursue the CU LL.M. Program in a shortened period of time. The program is set to be shortened in 2016. ALS may also confer

pursue the CU LL.M. Program in a shortened period of time. The program is set to
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“The Refuge of Sinners”

Inside the Refuge of Sinners

By JOSE MA. G. HOFILEÑA then housed a private collection of books and

materials of Fr. Bernas into faculty offices. Against the grain of contemporary “work- from-home” strategies, with the way these new digs were outfitted, it is rather obvious that the Dean opted instead for the “live-in- the-office” approach.

At the northwest corner of the Fr. Joaquin Bernas, S.J. Center is an enclosed area girdled with walls of metal and glass deliberately frosted to conceal the inside from public view. There is an aura of foreboding to this seeming snake pit — an abyss of terror that whispers an ominous promise to anyone who dares enter that they may never get out, or if they do, will be scarred forever. To be sure, the door to the mysterious enclosure, which always remains shut, is deceptively dangerous, having already claimed a student’s forehead as casualty. But the horror suggested by its eerie exterior is all but illusory. For even the slightest peek into its interiors reveals that it is not after all a bastion of blood and gore, but a most cushy four-bedroom apartment of sorts. On entry, one is greeted by the trappings of a cozy home: a suede-upholstered sofa, a flat screen television set, a circular faux wood- topped table for four, a dorm-sized refrigerator with a matching modern water dispenser, a Krups drip brew coffee maker used best with Lavazza ground coffee, a bevy of all forms of snacks — nuts, chips, chocolates — and several bottles of scotch. But wait. At one end of this luxury manor is an ill- fitted Hewlett-Packard inkjet printer on top of an unbecoming gray-colored steel filing cabinet, betraying the fact that this placid pad is, in fact, a place of work. In the summer of 2015, Dean Sedfrey M. Candelaria converted the chambers that

2015, Dean Sedfrey M. Candelaria converted the chambers that Faculty members enjoying at the lounge in

Faculty members enjoying at the lounge in the offices of Attys. Maita Chan-Gonzaga, Tanya Lat, Joey

Hofileña, and Patty Sison-Arroyo.

Photos courtesy of MA. NGINA TERESA V. CHAN-GONZAGA

The space now houses the individual offices of four faculty members: Maita Chan-Gonzaga, Tanya Lat, Patty Sison-Arroyo, and myself. It is within this asylum — initially baptized by its denizens as the “Snake Pit” but subsequently renamed the “Refuge of Sinners” after a few seconds of soul-searching in the presence of the Virgin Mary’s statue — that each one of them toils day in and day out:

endless class preparations, exam checking, agonizing over thesis drafts, advising students,

ranting about job descriptions, panicking over the non-holding of department meetings, exasperating over Bar operations volunteers, etc.

But fully mindful that, in line with the Dean’s vision, they must live in their office too, the resident sinners ensure that they well- deserve their premises by gamefully engaging daily in mindless chatting, binge eating, a drop of social drinking, and an occasional viewing of the current epsiode of “On The Wings of Love.”

Piecing Together for Peace

By NINA PATRICIA D. SISON-ARROYO

You won’t believe the amount of junk stashed away

in the desk drawers and closets of law school pack rats

- an assortment of ribbons and paper twine, piles of

plastic and reusable bags, a collection of soda can tabs, scraps of gift wrapping fabric, rolls of extra sinamay from Christmases past, and quite a few tattered barong Tagalog that bear the scars of court room wars. One afternoon, lawyers and staff in a state of frenzy and panic threw all of those together in a heap at the Ateneo Law School (ALS) conference room. What was the commotion all about? The ALS received

a letter, together with a star-shaped bamboo frame, from Fr. Jett Villarin, S.J. calling on ALS to take part in this year’s University Christmas Park activity, themed Tala ng

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Park activity, themed Tala ng continued on page 14 Photos by MA. PATRICIA R. CERVANTES-POCO and

Photos by MA. PATRICIA R. CERVANTES-POCO and JOSE MA. G. HOFILEÑA

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Kapayapaan. Fr. Jett explained that ALS was to “dress up the star”, which will be hung on an “eco tree” at the Loyola campus. The materials should be indigenous, recycled or reused, inexpensive, and

weather-proof. The star must use the colors blue, white, silver, and gold; and should have one tail that bears the word peace in a Filipino dialect or language, and the other tail, the unit’s name. Because of the short notice and everyone’s tight year-end schedules, ALS had to conjure up this ecological masterpiece in one afternoon. The enormity of the task is better appreciated if one knew that it had been foisted on the same school unit that laughs itself in stitches over jokes with Latin maxims and

legal jargon, thinks that a moot court competition is as exciting as a head-to-head basketball game, and calls the ruthless method of questioning a witness the art of cross-examination. In the midst of arguments over whether the rules indicated “recyclable” or “recycled”, and whether it mattered which one was the correct operative word,

ALS managed to piece together a decent Tala ng Kapayapaan that complied with the regulations to the hilt. Atty. Joey Hofileña even took photos of the process step-by-step as proof of compliance, which he insisted should be presented to Fr. Jett as “parol evidence”. After four continuous hours of labor, the ALS star was finally dressed up and ready for the show, quite literally, since its frame was all decked out in barong Tagalog. Despite the hurly-burly, the spirit of the activity was not lost on the volunteers who felt a sense of community in transforming scraps into a symbol of peace. The exercise was even a peace awakening

for some. Atty. Kenjie Aman, for one, exclaimed that his cutting the silhouette of a
for some. Atty. Kenjie Aman, for one, exclaimed that
his cutting the silhouette of a dove on a patch of blue
fabric was, by his standards, an eloquent experience
blue fabric was, by his standards, an eloquent experience of spiritual enlightenment. Dean Candelaria finally had

of spiritual enlightenment. Dean Candelaria finally had his peace and quiet when he reclaimed the conference room after the clean up crew left. And for some, the activity tugged at that wonderful feeling of Christmas that had been buried and nearly forgotten in office desks piled up with paperwork and closets packed with what-nots accumulated through the years. The University Christmas Park was introduced in 2011 to promote a sense of community and cultural heritage in the University through the community-wide exercise of putting together Christmas decorations and tableaus. It has been a joyous and much-awaited University tradition since then.

In Memoriam

May God bless their souls and may they rest in peace. They will always be remembered and will forever be in our hearts, shining on us, and watching over us.

Dean Eduardo de los Angeles

(May 25, 1942 – September 14, 2015) Photo courtesy of Romulo Mabanta

Atty. Alan Paguia

(October 10, 1954 – September 17, 2015) Photo courtesy of UNTVweb

10, 1954 – September 17, 2015) Photo courtesy of UNTVweb Dean Eduardo de los Angeles was
10, 1954 – September 17, 2015) Photo courtesy of UNTVweb Dean Eduardo de los Angeles was

Dean Eduardo de los Angeles was dean of the Ateneo Law School from 1984-1991. He was a Senior Partner at Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc and de los Angeles and the first President of the Philippine Stock Exchange. He introduced the Clinical Legal Education elective course in the ALS curriculum.

I remember writing my first Supreme Court pleading three years ago. In reviewing my 50-page pleading, he challenged me to say as much, but in only 20 pages. He told me never to confuse wordiness with sense. He was indeed a man of few words but immeasurable greatness.” — Atty. Roland Glenn Tuazon

Atty. Alan Paguia was a longtime member of the ALS faculty. He taught Statutory Construction, Administrative Law, Pubic Officers and Election Law, Special Proceedings, Legal Forms, Legal Writing, and Partnership. He graduated from ALS in 1983.

“If one were to summarize the greatest characteristic of Alan as a person, it would be: PASSION. He lived his life and practiced his craft to the utmost. He even risked his career on various occasions fighting for what he believed in, leading at one point to him being unable to practice law for a number of years. When the Supreme Court’s independence was challenged after he was reinstated, however, he immediately came to its defense. The world is truly a darker, sadder place without him in it.” — Atty. Freidrick Vincent C. Lu

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Too Good To Be False

by FR. HORACIO DE LA COSTA, S.J.

2016 marks the centenary of the birth of Fr. Horacio V. De la Costa, S.J. — eminent historian, nationalist, scholar, and the first Filipino Jesuit provincial.

Christmas is when we celebrate the unexpected -- it is the festival of surprise. This is the night when shepherds wake to the song of angels; when the earth has a star for a satellite; when wise men go on a fool’s errand, bringing gifts to a Prince they have not seen in a country they do not know.

Night of all nights

This is the night when one small donkey bears on his back the weight of the world’s desire, and an ox plays host to the Lord of the heaven. This is the night we are told to seek our king not in a palace but a stable; and although we have stood here, year after year, as our fathers before us, the wonder has not faded nor will it ever fade; the wonder of that moment when we push open the little door, and enter, and entering find in the arms of a Mother who is a Virgin, a Baby who is God.

The homeless God

G.K. Chesterton has said it all for all of us:

the only way to view Christmas properly is to stand on one’s head. Was there ever a house more topsy-turvy than the House of Christmas, the Cave where Christ was born? For here, suddenly in the very heart of earth, is heaven;

down is up and up is down; the angels and the stars look down on the God who made them and God looks up at the things He made. There is no room in an inn for Him who made room, and to spare, for the Milky Way! And where God is homeless, all men are at home.

Gifts we don’t expect

We were promised a Saviour, but we never dreamed that God himself would come to save us. We knew that He loved us, but we never dared to think that He loved us so much as to become like us. But that is the way God gives. His gifts are never quite what we expect but always something better, something far better than we hope for. We can only dream of things too good to be true; God has a habit of giving things too good to be false.

What we need

That is why our Christian faith is the faith in the unexpected, a religion of surprise. Now more than ever, living in times so troubled, facing a future so uncertain, we need such faith. We need it for ourselves and we need it to give others. We must remind the world that if Christmas comes in the dead of winter, it is that there may be an Easter in the spring.

HOT OFF THE PRESS

Atty. Jay Patrick Santiago (ALS Batch 2008) recently contributed to the book “Asia Mediation Handbook,” published by Sweet & Maxwell. The book is co-authored by 29 mediation experts from 15 different jurisdictions in Asia, including Australia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and the Philippines. The chapter on the Philippines was co-authored by Atty. Santiago with Attys. Abraham Acosta and Donemark Calimon. The book discusses how mediation is a meeting of the old and new in Asian Dispute Resolution, and dissects cultural dimensions and legal concerns of international mediation. Each of the 15 jurisdictions is assigned a chapter, authored by esteemed mediation practitioners. Among the featured highlights of each chapter are accreditation of practitioners, the legislative framework providing for mediation practice, how the judiciary or traditional court proceedings support mediation, usual fees for mediation, and pro-bono schemes available

usual fees for mediation, and pro-bono schemes available for parties and end-users. Also included are some

for parties and end-users. Also included are some statistics on success rate of mediation in the locality, if available, and where appropriate, some case

law. Some of the challenges on the use of mediation domestically and regionally are also tackled in the book, complemented by the experts’ projections on opportunities for future development of this alternative form of dispute resolution in the region. This book is the perfect companion for international lawyers, parties in mediation in different jurisdictions, students, researchers, mediators, and lawyers who want to know more about mediation within their jurisdictions of practice and other countries in Asia. The book is available in print (hardbound) and eBook formats, and can be ordered from the Online Bookstore at http:// sweetandmaxwell.com.hk/.

Meet the New Faculty & Staff

By BLYTHE M. LUMAGUE

Meet the New Faculty & Staff By BLYTHE M. LUMAGUE JUSTICE ARTURO D. BRION Justice Arturo

JUSTICE ARTURO D. BRION

Justice Arturo D. Brion returned this semester as a member of the Ateneo Law School’s faculty. He previously taught at the ALS in 1976-1982 and in 1986. He was appointed Justice of the Supreme Court in 2008 after serving as Secretary of Labor and Employment for two years. He graduated valedictorian, cum laude, from Ateneo Law School in 1974 and placed first in the Bar Examinations held that year. The ALS welcomes Justice Brion once again as professor of Constitutional Litigation and the Power of Judicial Review, a new elective course under the Directed Research Program.

a new elective course under the Directed Research Program. MICHAEL JOHN A. ORDOÑA Mike Ordoña is

MICHAEL JOHN A. ORDOÑA

Mike Ordoña is the newly hired IT Staff of ALS. He earned his degree in Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from AMA Computer University in 2002, and has worked as Support Staff with several IT- related companies from 2004 to 2011. He has also worked as a contractual employee at the Loyola Campus in 2011 and 2013. Mike was associated with a medical company before he joined the ALS community last December 2, 2015.

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Call for Contributions

to the Philippine Journal of Legal Education

Contributions to the Philippine Journal of Legal Education Volume 3 of the Philippine Journal of Legal

Volume 3 of the Philippine Journal of Legal Education (PJLE) welcomes contributions of articles and essays significant to legal education, law faculty development, and admission to law practice. The PJLE is the legal journal of the Philippine Association of Law Schools and is published annually. To submit, please contact Oscar Carlo F. Cajucom (ocfcajucom@gmail.com) or Dan Kevin Mandocdoc (dakemandocdoc@gmail.com).

Merry Christmas from the Amicus Editorial Board! Isaiah 9:6-7 For unto us a Child is
Merry Christmas
from the Amicus Editorial Board!
Isaiah 9:6-7
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

Happy birthday to our faculty and staff!

 

JANUARY

Atty. Jose Manuel I. Diokno Dean Melencio S. Sta. Maria Atty. Jose Lorenzo A. Sereno Mr. Jeffrey O. Miranda Atty. Carlos P. Medina, Jr.

February 23

Judge Jose Lorenzo Dela Rosa Justice Vicente S.E. Veloso Atty. Rodolfo R. Romero Atty. Regina Stella Jacinto-Barrientos Atty. Joseph R. San Pedro Atty. Vivencio F. Abaño Atty. Marco Antonio Luisito V. Sardillo III Atty. Marlon J. Manuel Atty. Jose Antonio S. Bernas Atty. Jose Victor V. Chan-Gonzaga Atty. Eugenio H. Villareal Judge Oscar B. Pimentel Atty. Michael Dana N. Montero Justice Jane Aurora C. Lantion Atty. Serafin U. Salvador, Jr.

Jan. 5

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February 23

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February 27

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February 29

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MARCH

Jan. 15

Atty. Gil A. Valera Atty. Yolanda F. Ibarle Atty. Hans Leo J. Cacdac Atty. Siegfred B. Mison Fr. Ismael Jose V. Chan-Gonzaga Justice Diosdado M. Peralta Dean Andres D. Bautista Ms. Blythe Lumague Atty. Edmund Jason G. Baranda

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23 April 23 April 24 April 26 April 27 April 29 Head, Editorial Board S edfrey

Head, Editorial Board

Sedfrey M. Candelaria

Editor-in-Chief

nina PatriCia d. SiSon-arroyo

Associate Editors

Maria PatriCia r. CervanteS-PoCo oSCar Carlo f. CajuCoM

Editorial Assistant

Blythe M. luMague

Contributors

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Kevin Alcid Takahiro Kenjie C. Aman Harvey Bilang Ma. Ngina Teresa V. Chan-Gonzaga Patrick Cocabo Cyndy P. Dela Cruz Trixie Elamparo Jose Ma. G. Hofileña Tanya Karina A. Lat Jorge Alfonso C. Melo Frances Lipnica Pabilane Ryan Jeremiah D. Quan Roge Ramirez Jaymie Ann R. Reyes Christian Sorongon Amparita S. Sta. Maria Joyce Melcar T. Tan Thea Alyssa C. Vega Veronica Mae C. Yan

PHOTOS

Ateneo Law Alumni Association Ma. Ngina Teresa V. Chan-Gonzaga Jose Ma. G. Hofileña Denise Sales Amparita S. Sta. Maria Rommel Trinidad