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SC justice to new legal professionals: ‘What you went by means of is unprecedented’


A complete of 8,241 new legal professionals took their oath on the Mall of Asia in Pasay Metropolis on Monday, Might 3, 2022. (Picture from the Supreme Courtroom Public Data Workplace)

MANILA, Philippines — Supreme Court Senior Affiliate Justice Estela Perlas-Bernabe recommended the 8,241 new legal professionals who handed the primary on-line, decentralized bar exams throughout their induction on Monday on the Mall of Asia Area in Pasay Metropolis.

“What you went by means of is unprecedented, for efficiently hurdling the bar examinations throughout a worldwide pandemic, and likewise dealing with head-on the varied reforms within the bar — specifically, the shift to a digital modality and to a multi-venue setup. Your batch is sui generis,” Bernabe stated in her speech on the oath-taking ceremony.

“Nobody, apart from you, can declare that they’ve earned their entry to the authorized career underneath these distinctive circumstances,” she added.

She famous the hardships the brand new legal professionals needed to face as they have been getting ready for the exams — the nervousness of catching COVID-19 or the “arduous street” of recovering from it, the psychological and bodily drain of reviewing underneath well being restrictions, and the uncertainty introduced in regards to the repeated postponement of the exams.

“Taking a look at you now, I see not mere survivors. As a substitute, I see warriors and victors. With you, the cliché can’t be extra true: the more durable the battle, the sweeter the victor,” Bernabe stated.

The senior affiliate justice, who is about to retire after 26 years within the judiciary, gave the brand new legal professionals three suggestions:

  • Construct an unrelenting work ethic and try for excellence.
  • By no means be complacent and push for mandatory change.
  • By no means compromise integrity.

“The oath isn’t a hole formality however a life-long dedication to abide by an exacting moral code. I pray that you’ll adhere to each solemn phrase of the lawyer’s oath you’ll utter, and always, stay trustworthy to the beliefs of the career,” Bernabe stated.

“Be life-long disciples of the regulation and embed the craving for justice into the tapestry of your authorized profession. Might you always remember that being a lawyer isn’t a place of entitlement or a privilege that makes you extra vital than others. Somewhat, it places you within the place to work for the betterment of society,” she added.

This 12 months’s bar exams produced the most important variety of passers within the nation’s historical past — 8,241, or 72.8 p.c, of 11,402 takers.

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