SUPREME COURT JUSTICES, LICEO OFFICIALS UNVEIL “HISTORY MAKER” MARKER
On September 7, 2022, Liceans witnessed a highly significant event as the Philippines’ Supreme Court Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo, who was joined by other members of the judiciary (Senior Associate Justice Marvic Victor F. Leonen and Associate Justices Mario V. Lopez, Samuel H. Gaerlan, Jhosep Y. Lopez, Japar B. Dimaampao, Jose Midas P. Marquez, and Antonio T. Kho) and school officials (University President Alain Marc P. Golez, VP for Administration and Comptroller Atty. Leo Paolo Perez, and College of Law Dean Manuel I. Cabrera), unveiled at Paseo del Rio Campus a marker that serves as a testament of the University’s pioneering effort shared with the Supreme Court in support of the conduct of the consolidated 2020-2021 Bar Examinations using a new modality – digitized and regionalized. Witnesses of the event included the students and alumni of the College of Law.
In his message during the unveiling ceremony, Chief Justice A. G. Gesmondo thanked Liceo U for allowing the Supreme Court to use its campus as the venue of the regional bar examinations and cited Liceo U as a highly respected university in the Philippines. “As one of the premier universities in the country, it comes as no surprise that it was chosen as one of the schools in Mindanao for this groundbreaking purpose.” He also lauded Liceo U for capturing the spirit of the Revised Law Student Practice Rule in its Clinical Legal Education Program, which prepares its graduates for the legal profession. “Through its CLEP, Liceo has not only helped in expanding access to justice, but it has also provided its students with a wealth of knowledge and experience with the aim of producing competent and practice-ready lawyers.”
Dr. A.M. Golez, in his opening speech, remarked that it is the University’s honor to serve as the host venue of the first digitized and regionalized bar exams. “We are happy to have been accorded the singular opportunity to have partnered with you during the time of the worldwide health crisis that was COVID-19. Indeed, the nation needed to stand in solidarity and perform civic duties in whatever capacity to restore some degree of normalcy. In our case, we were happy to oblige with this venue.” In his concluding statement, the University President thanked the Supreme Court for the marker, bringing honor to Liceo U.
In the consolidated 2020-2021 Bar Exams, 75 Liceans passed, and one of them earned an exemplary rating (85%-90%).