Celso cheers launching of ADZU law dep’t PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 28 June 2011 16:21

“Now more than ever, we need lawyers who shall uphold the law, protect the rights of people as well as fight for truth and justice at all times. We need more people who would choose to do what is right by the law of God and man and protect the interest of justice.”

This was Mayor Celso Lobregat’s message to the pioneering class of the Xavier University College of Law – Zamboanga, urging them to work hard to become not only excellent lawyers but ones who are conscientious, committed, competent and charitable.

Lobregat attended the formal launching of the university’s law school last Saturday and stood witness to the signing of a memorandum of agreement between Xavier University (erstwhile Ateneo de Cagayan) and Ateneo de Zamboanga University.

He reminded them that the first ideal of the legal profession is to help others resolve their legal problems and secure justice for those who seek it.
Ateneo de Zamboanga is the third university in the city to offer legal education in the city. The first was Universidad de Zamboanga, formerly Zamboanga Arturo Eustaquio Colleges, but had since closed the program. Since then, the Western Mindanao State University College of Law has been helping youths achieve their dream of becoming a lawyer.

ADZU had been working to include legal education in its course offerings. Since February 2009, its Board of Trustees had been exploring the possibilities and conducting consultations with other law schools in the country.

However, because of the 3-year moratorium enforced by the Legal Education Board which became effective starting school year 2011-2012, ADZU’s application to offer a Bachelor of Law program had been turned down.

Following the suggestion of one ADZU alumnus, Fr. Moreno negotiated with Xavier University for a consortium between the two Ateneos to fast-track the offering of an Ateneo-brand of legal education in the city.

Xavier University’s College of Law, the longest standing law school in Mindanao, is considered by the Supreme Court as among the country’s Top 20 law schools in the last 20 years. Its alumni include exceptional and prominent lawyers like now Senator Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel.

Also present during the launch and MOA signing were ADZU President Fr. Antonio Moreno, SJ; Xavier University President Fr. Roberto Yap, SJ; XU College of Law Dean, Atty. Raul Villanueva; Associate Dean Atty. Rosendo Castillo; Commission on Higher Education Regional Director Emmylou Yanga, lawyers and judges. — Claudine Uniana/City Hall PIO