Justice Gesmundo speaks as prelude to Legal Education Summit

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Supreme Court Associate Justice Alexander Gesmundo on Friday was the guest speaker at the Regional Consultative Meeting for Northern Luzon on Legal Education at Saint Louis University, Baguio City.

The event was preparatory to the 2019 Legal Education Summit.

One of the major initiatives that Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin announcedafter he assumed office was the convening of a Legal Education Summit to take a close and serious look at legal education and the Bar examinations.

The summit is scheduled to be held in July of this year under its chairman, Justice Gesmundo, who has started the ball rolling by promptly convening a preparatory committee.

The committee is now busy planning for regional consultation conferences this May – three in Luzon, two in Mindanao, and one in the Visayas – preparatory to the main Summit in July.

The aim of the summit is to come up with recommendations addressing the perceived problems on legal education and the Bar examinations, and to submit these recommendations to the appropriate authorities – to the Legal Education Board on legal education concerns, and to Congress on the possible amendment of RA 7662.

The Summit’s intent, in my view, is qualitative, not quantitative. The ultimate aim is for the enhanced quality of justice that the judiciary and the legal profession can offer the nation. This can only be achieved through effective legal education and rational Bar exams.

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