October 15, 2014

By: JLA Gambe-Vallejera

To pay tribute to its graduates who successfully hurdled the 2013 bar exams, Liceo de Cagayan University held its annual testimonial dinner on September 27, 2014 at the N Hotel. This year’s theme: “Legal Reforms Toward Nation Building” is a rather fitting theme in the wake of the many controversies that rocked the foundations of the three branches of government.

The honourees of the evening were Atty. Robert James Daba and Atty. Alberto Paumar. The event was co-hosted by Florence Lagcao and Richard Vallinas. Garbed in sleek suits and elegant gowns, the revered LDCU College of Law Faculty were the epitome of ‘lawful sophistication,’ headed by the esteemed Dean Carlo Antonio Almirante.

Fuelled by the high-octane energy of the students and guests, the night was ablaze with fun, laughter and entertainment, not to mention the abundant supply of head-turning ladies and gentlemen in attendance, dazzling in hues of royal blue and silver. Students and guests alike formed part of a never-ending queue to the photo wall for their mandatory selfies and groupies.

The Honorable Justice Romulo V. Borja, Executive Justice of the Court of Appeals Mindanao Station, graced the occasion as the key note speaker. In his speech, Justice Borja regaled his audience with ‘lawyer jokes,’ without, however, losing perspective on his main objective: to enjoin law professionals and aspiring lawyers to do their part in upholding the nobility of the legal profession. He also gave a brief update on the Supreme Court’s drive towards becoming a “paperless court” through the efficient use and management of information technology in the hopes of dramatically improving the court processes. He added that at the moment, the paperless court move is at its pilot testing stage in Quezon City. If proven effective, this would, among others, translate to zero cost of printing, photocopying and reduced mailing fees. It would completely eliminate the constant need for bigger archive spaces in the courts, and more importantly, lessen the chances of getting case files mysteriously re-routed to unintended destinations. Food for thought: If the paperless court drive will be officially implemented by the Supreme Court as part of the new filing system, our generation of law students would be hosting the beginning of a new era in the technologically advancing legal profession.