CLED students reach out to Caloocan residents through legal mission

December 20, 2019

Ateneo Law students at the free legal aid mission
Ateneo Law students at the free legal aid mission.

On December 14, the Clinical Legal Education (CLED) 101 students held a free legal aid mission at the Parokya ng Birhen ng Lourdes, Brgy. Bagong Barrio, Caloocan City. The students were joined by ten of their volunteer supervising lawyers and other volunteers from the Ateneo Law Alumni Association. Welcoming the lawyers and students was Rev. Fr. Marcelo Andamon, OMI, who said in a brief speech that the parish and local government are working together to improve the reputation of Bagong Barrio, made notorious because of recent drug clearing operations. He expressed his gratitude to the Ateneo law students for choosing their area to give free legal consultations.
 
Ateneo Law students at the free legal aid mission

CLED 101 classes are required to conduct legal aid missions as their culminating and integration activity. The class is tasked with selecting the community, coordinating with local partners, and designing simple training modules for legal issues commonly encountered by the community. Previous iterations of the legal aid mission focused on succession, annulment and legal separation, violence against women and children, correction of entries, and rights of the accused. This year’s legal aid mission introduced modules on the Katarungang Pambarangay, small claims, and debtor protection.


 
Over 80 participants benefited from the one-on-one consultations with the volunteer lawyers. A station for on-the-spot drafting of simple affidavits was likewise set up by the CLED students. The affidavits were reviewed by the volunteer lawyers, and participants were briefed about the effects of having those documents notarized. At the end of the program, Fr. Andamon expressed his desire to collaborate with the students of Ateneo in future activities. 

Ateneo Law students at the free legal aid mission

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  • CLED students reach out to Caloocan residents through legal mission
    Friday, December 20, 2019

    Ateneo Law students at the free legal aid mission
    Ateneo Law students at the free legal aid mission.

    On December 14, the Clinical Legal Education (CLED) 101 students held a free legal aid mission at the Parokya ng Birhen ng Lourdes, Brgy. Bagong Barrio, Caloocan City. The students were joined by ten of their volunteer supervising lawyers and other volunteers from the Ateneo Law Alumni Association. Welcoming the lawyers and students was Rev. Fr. Marcelo Andamon, OMI, who said in a brief speech that the parish and local government are working together to improve the reputation of Bagong Barrio, made notorious because of recent drug clearing operations. He expressed his gratitude to the Ateneo law students for choosing their area to give free legal consultations.
     
    Ateneo Law students at the free legal aid mission

    CLED 101 classes are required to conduct legal aid missions as their culminating and integration activity. The class is tasked with selecting the community, coordinating with local partners, and designing simple training modules for legal issues commonly encountered by the community. Previous iterations of the legal aid mission focused on succession, annulment and legal separation, violence against women and children, correction of entries, and rights of the accused. This year’s legal aid mission introduced modules on the Katarungang Pambarangay, small claims, and debtor protection.


     
    Over 80 participants benefited from the one-on-one consultations with the volunteer lawyers. A station for on-the-spot drafting of simple affidavits was likewise set up by the CLED students. The affidavits were reviewed by the volunteer lawyers, and participants were briefed about the effects of having those documents notarized. At the end of the program, Fr. Andamon expressed his desire to collaborate with the students of Ateneo in future activities. 

    Ateneo Law students at the free legal aid mission