Oath-Taking Ceremony for the Successful 2019 Bar Candidates

June 25, 2020

Justice Mario Victor F. Leonen, Chairperson of Next Bar Examinations, challenges the new lawyers to let their voice be heard and to ensure that the Rule of Law is upheld at all times. He says: “Our silence, when we fall victim or after we serve as accomplices to corrupt acts of the powerful, is also our own powerful political act. Our silence maintains the status quo. It ensures that others will also be victimized. Our silence in the face of abuse excuses power in the system in favor of those with resources and against those who need the law more. Our silence legitimizes fear and undermines the power of public trust….Be at the frontlines. As a lawyer, resist injustice.” (Courtesy of the SC Public Information Office