PH legal profession and its aversion to mental health

Today, October 10, World Mental Health Day is celebrated. Like clockwork, I'm reminded on how little to nothing has improved with the IBP in terms of promoting mental wellness and well-being among Filipino lawyers. It seems the masochist perspective of the legal profession remains to be the norm. After all, the law school experience is …

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Earning my Data Protection Officer (DPO) certification

Last May 2021, I had the good fortune to undertake a week-long Data Protection Officer (DPO) certification program and thereafter successfully pass the examination to be properly certified as a DPO by TUVRheinland. Our mentor was no other than "Mr. Privacy", Dr. Rolando R. Lansingan, CEH, CHFI, CySA (plus), NPC-DPO. He was the former Chief …

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Real cat lawyer did an AMA at Reddit, comments are purrfect and hilarious

"I'm not a cat." This legal humor will go down in legal history as one of the funniest. With a new found fame, what to do with it? Well, do a Reddit Ask me Anything (AMA). Hilarity ensues, particularly due to witty remarks, with a few coming from fellow lawyers. See: Reddit AMA by the …

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Court’s digital transformation forced by Covid-19

The legal industry has been resilient to change, innovation, and technology. There is so much romanticism in doing many things the "old-fashioned way". Many think that you are not a lawyer unless you use a pen and a legal pad, open a law book, or burn the midnight oil. This kind of fixed mindset make …

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Where is Management Prerogative in Covid-19 discussions on employment?

From lawmakers to the DOLE, discussions and issuances clearly show lack or little understanding on management prerogative. Management prerogative is the general rule. Labor laws and regulations are the exception. Even the Supreme Court acknowledges that management prerogative is an INHERENT RIGHT of the employers. No law is needed to grant that right. In fact, …

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Client’s right to foolish mistakes

There is a saying in law that goes like this: the law does not protect persons from making foolish mistakes. The maxim is often applied in cases involving contracts where a party enters into agreements with very disfavorable stipulations (the foolish mistakes) usually for short-term gains and later on cries foul wanting to get out …

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Value conversation, why client and lawyer should talk value

The value conversation with clients can be difficult at times. To have a quality value conversation, there are many elements that are needed to be in play to have a meaningful discussion wherein the clients would be satisfied at the value that they will be getting from the legal services and the lawyer being equitably …

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