The newly-minted lawyers have the advantage as the legal community shifts to technology in their practice of law.
This was emphasized by Supreme Court Associate Justice Jhosep Y. Lopez in his message to the more than 100 new lawyers from the Philippine Law School during the Testimonial Dinner held in their honor on June 4, 2022 at the Century Park Hotel in Malate, Manila.
Underscoring the lingering effects of the pandemic, Justice Lopez pointed out that the same has disrupted the workings of the entire legal industry. “Hearings are conducted no longer in court premises, but remotely from the comforts of the parties and litigants’ own stations. Legal technology solutions have been replicating, if not even replacing, the usual law firm dynamics. Docket and filing fees have also incorporated convenient e-payment solutions. All of these initiatives are ongoing under the Technology Driven Judiciary agenda of Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo” he said.
Justice Lopez added: “These are not interim measures, but rather tectonic shifts in the practice of law. You are placed in a unique position to capitalize on these disruptions, seeing as you will enter the profession
already with these perspectives. This provides you with a distinct advantage over other lawyers who have grown into a workflow rigidity, accustomed to a way of doing things in a world that has moved on.” Founded in 1915, the Philippine Law School is one of the country’s oldest private law schools which have produced lawyers, including President Carlos P. Garcia, a member of Class 1923. ###