Pioneer law students meet BUCL's top faculty

Friday August 2,2019

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The pioneer batch of the Bicol University College of Law (BUCL) has finally met the people who will guide them in their law school journey, the pioneer BUCL faculty, during their Freshmen Orientation Day last 01 August 2019 at the BUCS Building 01 in the BU Main Campus.

In the said activity, attended by the 42 students who make up the said BUCL maiden class, the participants were first greeted by the BUCL Dean Atty. Hardy Aquende and BU President Dr. Arnulfo M. Mascariñas.

The Dean and the University President both explained how it was one of the university’s dream to establish the best law school in the Bicol region. They both agreed on investing the students of BUCL, valuing quality over quantity of students, to produce quality law graduates in line with the vision of the University.

It was also BUCL Dean Atty. Aquende who led the introduction of the faculty members, whose abilities as educators has the dean’s utmost confidence.

First to be introduced was Atty. Joan Elizabeth Lorenzano-Aquende, former mayor of Castilla town in Sorsogon and a well-experienced lawyer-educator. Atty. Aquende is set to teach the students the many aspects of the Legal Profession this coming semester.

Next to be introduced was Atty. Alex B. Nepomuceno, who will be teaching the future lawyers about Legal Research and Thesis Writing. Atty. Nepomuceno is no stranger to many of the law students in the province as he also serves as the Dean of Bicol University’s College of Social Sciences and Philosophy (CSSP). It can also be noted that Atty. Nepomuceno has served as the chairperson of the committee tasked in making the dream of creating the BUCL into reality.

Joining the roster of professors for BUCL is Atty. Ritchie Regala, who will be teaching the subject Philosophy of Law, and Judge Elmer Lanuzo, who will be handling the Criminal Law class. To handle the subject of Statutory Construction, the faculty also included the incumbent Albay Vice Governor, former Quezon City councillor and UP Political Science professor, Atty. Edcel Grex Lagman Jr.

Afterwards, Dean Atty. Aquende introduced one of Albay’s veteran-lawyers and most respected legal educator as part of the BUCL faculty, Atty. Ledilla Lilibeth Llagas. Atty. Llagas, who is affiliated with Bicol University as a professor of Physics at the BU College of Science (BUCS). She is one of the stalwart advocates of instituting a College of Law in BU and is a member of the committee that made it come true.

Last to be introduced is Atty. Norly P. Reyes, Chief of BU’s Administrative Services Division and acting University Board Secretary. In his introduction, Dean Atty. Aquende recognized Atty. Reyes’ great contribution as he was responsible for accomplishing many tasks that led to the establishment of the BUCL.

Completing the BUCL faculty was Dean Atty. Hardy Aquende himself, who will also be handling the Introduction to Law class. The Dean expressed his pride in the assembled BUCL faculty, being adept in various legal practices including academic practice, court practice, and even politics.

After the introduction of the faculty members to the students, the BUCL faculty held the first ever faculty meeting of the BUCL. The students were also left to conduct their own meeting, where they got to know each other and elect the first BUCL Student Council.