Ateneo Law School partners with San Juan city gov’t, Rotary for legal aid mission

December 05, 2019

On November 23,  the Ateneo Law School (ALS), through the Legal Services Center (ALSC), and in partnership with the city government of San Juan and the Rotary Club-San Juan del Monte, conducted a free legal aid mission at the atrium of the new San Juan City Hall along the historical Pinaglabanan Street. Over twenty volunteer lawyers, most of whom were ALS alumni, participated in the event. Law students from the Clinical Legal Education program were also present to assist in the orderly conduct of the mission. The event served as a mini-reunion for ALS Batch 2002, led by ALS Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Maita Chan-Gonzaga, ALSC Director Axel Cruz, and Rotary Club-San Juan del Monte President Sherrylou Khosiking.


San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora (fourth from left) with Ateneo Law School (ALS) Dean Jose Maria Hofileña (second from left) and representatives of ALS,Rotary Club of San Juan Del Monte and city officials

 
The legal aid mission was graced by Mayor Francis Zamora, who in his Welcome Remarks honored his sister, Consuelo Maria, a lawyer trained in the Ateneo (Batch 1995) who succumbed to leukemia in 2008. In his speech, Mayor Zamora reminded his constituents about the importance of seeking legal assistance to immediately address and resolve conflict, and that while the services of counsel can be costly, there are occasions such as the legal aid mission where they can receive advice for free. The mayor then thanked all the lawyers who volunteered their time and services.
 
For his part, Dean Jose Maria Hofileña expressed gratitude to the city of San Juan and the Rotary Club for inviting the Ateneo to take part in this project. He explained that one of the most important values that the Ateneo wishes to impart to students of the law is that the life of a lawyer is a life of service – to client, country, and a system that upholds the rule of law, and that activities like the legal aid mission enables Ateneo lawyers and students to live out that value of service.

Lawyers from the Ateneo Legal Services Center participate in the legal aid mission activity.
Lawyers from the Ateneo Legal Services Center participate in the legal aid mission activity.
 

At the end of the mission, about 65 San Juan residents received advice about issues that include annulment/legal separation, estate tax amnesty, lessee rights, correction of entries in registry records, and benefits of persons with disabilities.
 

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  • Ateneo Law School partners with San Juan city gov’t, Rotary for legal aid mission
    Thursday, December 05, 2019

    On November 23,  the Ateneo Law School (ALS), through the Legal Services Center (ALSC), and in partnership with the city government of San Juan and the Rotary Club-San Juan del Monte, conducted a free legal aid mission at the atrium of the new San Juan City Hall along the historical Pinaglabanan Street. Over twenty volunteer lawyers, most of whom were ALS alumni, participated in the event. Law students from the Clinical Legal Education program were also present to assist in the orderly conduct of the mission. The event served as a mini-reunion for ALS Batch 2002, led by ALS Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Maita Chan-Gonzaga, ALSC Director Axel Cruz, and Rotary Club-San Juan del Monte President Sherrylou Khosiking.


    San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora (fourth from left) with Ateneo Law School (ALS) Dean Jose Maria Hofileña (second from left) and representatives of ALS,Rotary Club of San Juan Del Monte and city officials

     
    The legal aid mission was graced by Mayor Francis Zamora, who in his Welcome Remarks honored his sister, Consuelo Maria, a lawyer trained in the Ateneo (Batch 1995) who succumbed to leukemia in 2008. In his speech, Mayor Zamora reminded his constituents about the importance of seeking legal assistance to immediately address and resolve conflict, and that while the services of counsel can be costly, there are occasions such as the legal aid mission where they can receive advice for free. The mayor then thanked all the lawyers who volunteered their time and services.
     
    For his part, Dean Jose Maria Hofileña expressed gratitude to the city of San Juan and the Rotary Club for inviting the Ateneo to take part in this project. He explained that one of the most important values that the Ateneo wishes to impart to students of the law is that the life of a lawyer is a life of service – to client, country, and a system that upholds the rule of law, and that activities like the legal aid mission enables Ateneo lawyers and students to live out that value of service.

    Lawyers from the Ateneo Legal Services Center participate in the legal aid mission activity.
    Lawyers from the Ateneo Legal Services Center participate in the legal aid mission activity.
     

    At the end of the mission, about 65 San Juan residents received advice about issues that include annulment/legal separation, estate tax amnesty, lessee rights, correction of entries in registry records, and benefits of persons with disabilities.