Fr Bernas Center now officially an institute

September 17, 2018
On September 12, 2018, the Fr. Bernas Center for Continuing Legal Education was formally launched into the restructured Fr. Bernas Institute. The partnership between Ateneo Law School (ALS) and the Energy Regulatory Commission Academy also officially commenced. 
 
Gracing the event was the institute’s very namesake—Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas SJ, whose presence was acknowledged and greeted by rapturous applause from lawyers, politicians, and academics in the Justitia Hall of the Ateneo Professional Schools campus in Rockwell, Makati City.  
 
ALS Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Ma. Ngina Teresa Chan-Gonzaga welcomed the attendees of this landmark event. “The transformation and the reboot of the one-time center into an institute, is, I believe, a commitment of the law school to its thrust towards legal and professional development for lawyers.” 
 
Atty. Maita Chan-Gonzaga welcomed lawyers, politicians, and the Ateneo Law School community to the event. 
 
The Bernas Institute, she said, carries a heavy burden because it has great potential. 
 
“But I am confident that it will rise to the challenge,” she remarked, “because we have a dynamic team which will surely grow in strength, a supportive law school community, and great partners like the Energy Regulatory Commission. The burden can be the start of the most exciting opportunities for ALS and the Institute.”
 
“Today is indeed a landmark,” said Dean Joey Hofileña.
 
Jose Maria G. Hofileña, the dean of ALS and the man who pioneered the center’s restructuring into an institute, shared a few words of congratulations and praise. 
 
He emphasized how momentous this occasion is, and drew similarities to a landmark court case—Galman vs. Sandiganbayan—the same court case whose decision was promulgated the very same day of the event, September 12. Furthermore, one of the petitioners was Fr. Bernas, and the case is as monumental as the launch.                                                                                                                                                                                              
The legendary professor, lawyer, and Jesuit received multiple standing ovations, with the community showing him just how well-loved he really is. 
 
In between messages played a tribute to Fr. Bernas, with his colleagues, friends, and former students talking about his legacy as well as the mark he has made on their lives, Philippine law, and Philippine society as a whole.
 
Closing the first part of the day’s program was Associate Dean Giovanni F. Vallente. While Dean Hofileña shared intersections of the Galman case with the launch, Dean Vallente, for his part, shared intersections of his personal life with that of Fr. Bernas’—another indication of the vast impact that Fr. Bernas has on his students’ lives, and, ultimately, the field of law. 
 
Maria Corazon Gines, Agnes Devanadera, Dean Joey Hofileña, and Atty. Lily Gruba signed a Memorandum of Understanding. 
 
The second half of the morning was dedicated to the launch of the Energy Regulatory Commission Academy. Agnes VST Devanadera, Chairperson and CEO of the ERC, was present to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with ALS. Present also were Maria Corazon C. Gines, Executive Director of the ERC and Atty. Lily K. Gruba, Executive Director of the Fr. Bernas Institute. 
 
Atty. Gruba expressed her gratitude to all who graced the launch in her closing remarks. 
 
“Your presence today shows a strong commitment towards developing the legal profession,” she said. 
 
The partnership will give focus on energy law and “advance the consciousness, knowledge, and capacities in the electric power industry.”

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  • Fr Bernas Center now officially an institute
    Monday, September 17, 2018
    On September 12, 2018, the Fr. Bernas Center for Continuing Legal Education was formally launched into the restructured Fr. Bernas Institute. The partnership between Ateneo Law School (ALS) and the Energy Regulatory Commission Academy also officially commenced. 
     
    Gracing the event was the institute’s very namesake—Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas SJ, whose presence was acknowledged and greeted by rapturous applause from lawyers, politicians, and academics in the Justitia Hall of the Ateneo Professional Schools campus in Rockwell, Makati City.  
     
    ALS Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Ma. Ngina Teresa Chan-Gonzaga welcomed the attendees of this landmark event. “The transformation and the reboot of the one-time center into an institute, is, I believe, a commitment of the law school to its thrust towards legal and professional development for lawyers.” 
     
    Atty. Maita Chan-Gonzaga welcomed lawyers, politicians, and the Ateneo Law School community to the event. 
     
    The Bernas Institute, she said, carries a heavy burden because it has great potential. 
     
    “But I am confident that it will rise to the challenge,” she remarked, “because we have a dynamic team which will surely grow in strength, a supportive law school community, and great partners like the Energy Regulatory Commission. The burden can be the start of the most exciting opportunities for ALS and the Institute.”
     
    “Today is indeed a landmark,” said Dean Joey Hofileña.
     
    Jose Maria G. Hofileña, the dean of ALS and the man who pioneered the center’s restructuring into an institute, shared a few words of congratulations and praise. 
     
    He emphasized how momentous this occasion is, and drew similarities to a landmark court case—Galman vs. Sandiganbayan—the same court case whose decision was promulgated the very same day of the event, September 12. Furthermore, one of the petitioners was Fr. Bernas, and the case is as monumental as the launch.                                                                                                                                                                                              
    The legendary professor, lawyer, and Jesuit received multiple standing ovations, with the community showing him just how well-loved he really is. 
     
    In between messages played a tribute to Fr. Bernas, with his colleagues, friends, and former students talking about his legacy as well as the mark he has made on their lives, Philippine law, and Philippine society as a whole.
     
    Closing the first part of the day’s program was Associate Dean Giovanni F. Vallente. While Dean Hofileña shared intersections of the Galman case with the launch, Dean Vallente, for his part, shared intersections of his personal life with that of Fr. Bernas’—another indication of the vast impact that Fr. Bernas has on his students’ lives, and, ultimately, the field of law. 
     
    Maria Corazon Gines, Agnes Devanadera, Dean Joey Hofileña, and Atty. Lily Gruba signed a Memorandum of Understanding. 
     
    The second half of the morning was dedicated to the launch of the Energy Regulatory Commission Academy. Agnes VST Devanadera, Chairperson and CEO of the ERC, was present to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with ALS. Present also were Maria Corazon C. Gines, Executive Director of the ERC and Atty. Lily K. Gruba, Executive Director of the Fr. Bernas Institute. 
     
    Atty. Gruba expressed her gratitude to all who graced the launch in her closing remarks. 
     
    “Your presence today shows a strong commitment towards developing the legal profession,” she said. 
     
    The partnership will give focus on energy law and “advance the consciousness, knowledge, and capacities in the electric power industry.”