Law school holds ethics symposium

May 22, 2017

“More than the law, it is decision making that will make you a decent human being,” said Dr. Antonette Palma Angeles to an audience composed of Ateneo Law students. The Vice President for the Professional Schools talked to future lawyers on the role of ethics in decision-making. The May 18 forum, entitled “Better Choices: The Role of Choice in Decision Making” delved into the intricacies of responding to a dilemma.

A dilemma or a problem is not necessarily destructive, Palma Angeles said. “A problem is a situation that presents a challenge or an opportunity that presents a concern. A problem will always be any situation that can stand an improvement. It is a situation where what is is not what it should be.” What is important, she added, is to capture exactly what the problem is.

She cited an example: teaching in Ateneo’s Loyola Schools and the Professional Schools.

Palma Angeles does not allow gadgets in her classes.

“What is my problem?  My problem is kids do not understand what their lesson is because when they are using their   gadgets, they are not paying attention to me. So ano ang solution ko, walang cellphones. Hindi puede magcomputer. Magnotes kayo dyan ( What is my solution? No cellphones, no computers. Everyone has to take notes). Did I address the problem? Did I articulate the problem correctly? Or did I go immediately into solution mode?” she asked the students.  The real problem, she admitted, is not the students’ lack of comprehension but their inability to focus.

“This is a problem of educators today—to really make you understand that learning is focus. Learning is learning how to focus. If you want to be an achiever, you really have to focus. I think it is fundamental to learning that you should have to focus.  I go into solution finding rather than asking myself, ano ba talaga  yung problema (What really is the problem)?”

Palma Angeles believes that a culture of distraction is keeping everyone from focusing on what needs to be addressed: “When we have a problem, we react, we do not respond. The question is have we captured the problem exactly or are we even bothered by this problem?”

Vice President for the Professional Schools Dr. Antonette Palma Angeles says  doing ethics is understanding context.

Another thing that makes decision making difficult is one’s ability to abstract, she said.

“It is difficult to catch values and issues; it is easier to catch feelings and consequences,” Palma Angeles said. Ideally, she added, a young individual acts solely or in large part by self-interest then matures and makes decisions based on principles but that itself is hard  to achieve.

“Ethics is about using reason but ethics is also about the will and will is developed in the process. [Making] ethical decision is about developing courage and courage is the will to carry on a decision,” she said.  Understanding that decision-making is a vital part of life, Palma Angeles advised the students to head back to the Ateneo in times of vulnerability.
 

Second year Law students learn the importance of making an ethical decision.

“If you’re feeling weak, please go to your batch. Come back to the Ateneo, talk to your teachers, talk to the Jesuits. The only way to survive those problems is if you have moral courage and moral courage is never generated individually, it is always generated in a community,” she said.

While Angeles Palma talked about how to make an ethical decision, the second speaker- Atty. Rico Domingo addressed the issue of false impressions on lawyers.

Atty. Rico Domingo advises the  would be lawyers in the audience to represent their clients within the boundaries set by the law.

“When we talk about lawyers and ethics in the same breath, you will hear the audience snickering.  Lawyers and ethics, isn’t that an oxymoron? How can you talk about ethics when you talk about lawyers?”

His advice is simple: “Represent your clients within the laws and boundaries of the professional responsibility.”

It is essential, he said, to educate the public and not tolerate attacks geared towards lawyers.

The Ateneo Law School Class 2C. organized the forum “Better Choices Ethical Law Forum”.

 

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  • Law school holds ethics symposium
    Monday, May 22, 2017

    “More than the law, it is decision making that will make you a decent human being,” said Dr. Antonette Palma Angeles to an audience composed of Ateneo Law students. The Vice President for the Professional Schools talked to future lawyers on the role of ethics in decision-making. The May 18 forum, entitled “Better Choices: The Role of Choice in Decision Making” delved into the intricacies of responding to a dilemma.

    A dilemma or a problem is not necessarily destructive, Palma Angeles said. “A problem is a situation that presents a challenge or an opportunity that presents a concern. A problem will always be any situation that can stand an improvement. It is a situation where what is is not what it should be.” What is important, she added, is to capture exactly what the problem is.

    She cited an example: teaching in Ateneo’s Loyola Schools and the Professional Schools.

    Palma Angeles does not allow gadgets in her classes.

    “What is my problem?  My problem is kids do not understand what their lesson is because when they are using their   gadgets, they are not paying attention to me. So ano ang solution ko, walang cellphones. Hindi puede magcomputer. Magnotes kayo dyan ( What is my solution? No cellphones, no computers. Everyone has to take notes). Did I address the problem? Did I articulate the problem correctly? Or did I go immediately into solution mode?” she asked the students.  The real problem, she admitted, is not the students’ lack of comprehension but their inability to focus.

    “This is a problem of educators today—to really make you understand that learning is focus. Learning is learning how to focus. If you want to be an achiever, you really have to focus. I think it is fundamental to learning that you should have to focus.  I go into solution finding rather than asking myself, ano ba talaga  yung problema (What really is the problem)?”

    Palma Angeles believes that a culture of distraction is keeping everyone from focusing on what needs to be addressed: “When we have a problem, we react, we do not respond. The question is have we captured the problem exactly or are we even bothered by this problem?”

    Vice President for the Professional Schools Dr. Antonette Palma Angeles says  doing ethics is understanding context.

    Another thing that makes decision making difficult is one’s ability to abstract, she said.

    “It is difficult to catch values and issues; it is easier to catch feelings and consequences,” Palma Angeles said. Ideally, she added, a young individual acts solely or in large part by self-interest then matures and makes decisions based on principles but that itself is hard  to achieve.

    “Ethics is about using reason but ethics is also about the will and will is developed in the process. [Making] ethical decision is about developing courage and courage is the will to carry on a decision,” she said.  Understanding that decision-making is a vital part of life, Palma Angeles advised the students to head back to the Ateneo in times of vulnerability.
     

    Second year Law students learn the importance of making an ethical decision.

    “If you’re feeling weak, please go to your batch. Come back to the Ateneo, talk to your teachers, talk to the Jesuits. The only way to survive those problems is if you have moral courage and moral courage is never generated individually, it is always generated in a community,” she said.

    While Angeles Palma talked about how to make an ethical decision, the second speaker- Atty. Rico Domingo addressed the issue of false impressions on lawyers.

    Atty. Rico Domingo advises the  would be lawyers in the audience to represent their clients within the boundaries set by the law.

    “When we talk about lawyers and ethics in the same breath, you will hear the audience snickering.  Lawyers and ethics, isn’t that an oxymoron? How can you talk about ethics when you talk about lawyers?”

    His advice is simple: “Represent your clients within the laws and boundaries of the professional responsibility.”

    It is essential, he said, to educate the public and not tolerate attacks geared towards lawyers.

    The Ateneo Law School Class 2C. organized the forum “Better Choices Ethical Law Forum”.