The Supreme Court En Banc has appointed retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Arturo D. Brion as the new Chancellor of the Philippine Judicial Academy (PhilJA), effective June 1, 2021.
Justice Brion will be the third Chancellor of the PhilJA in its 25-year history. He will succeed retired Supreme Associate Justice Adolfo S. Azcuna, who has served as PhilJA Chancellor since June 1, 2009.
A cum laude graduate of the Ateneo de Manila University Law School, Justice Brion first entered government service as a clerical aide in the now defunct Court of Agrarian Relations in 1970, while he was still in law school. After graduating class valedictorian and topping the 1974 Bar Examinations with a grade of 91.65%, he engaged in private practice but eventually returned to the public sector in 1982 as Executive Director of the Institute of Labor and Manpower Studies under the then Ministry of Labor. He went back into private practice both locally and in Canada, where he was admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada. After serving as Labor Undersecretary and, subsequently, as Foreign Affairs Undersecretary, Justice Brion was appointed as an Associate Justice of Court of Appeals in 2003. In July 2006, Justice Brion returned to the executive branch when he was appointed as Secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment, a post he held until his appointment as 161st Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on March 17, 2008. He retired from the Court on December 29, 2016.