Wesleyan partners with Asia Foundation to establish Clinical Legal Education Program

February 13, 2020

Wesleyan University-Philippines and Asia Foundation signed a memorandum of agreement forging partnership between the two organizations to initiate a Clinical Legal Education Program at Wesleyan University-Philippines. John Wesley School of Law and Governance with the leadership of Dean J.V. Bautista, will be on the cutting edge of the program which will start operation in school-year 2020-2021.

The MOA was signed by Judge Benjamin D. Turgano, President of Wesleyan University-Philippines, and Atty. Carolina A. Mercado, Senior Legal Advisor of The Asia Foundation. The MOA signing was done at the JJD Auditorium on February 11, 2020 in the presence of Atty. Chudney G. Ngo, Legal Specialist of the Office of International Law Enforcement and Narcotics Affairs, Atty. J.V. Bautista, Dean of the John Wesley College of Law and Governance, the Wesleyan Administration officials, faculty and students.

Asia Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental international organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. This foundation will be helping the JWSLG in the preparation and operation of the Clinical Legal Education Program.  

In the keynote speech by Atty. Mercado, she mentioned that The Asia Foundation, informed by six decades of experience and deep local expertise, has programs to address critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century by strengthening governance, expanding economic opportunity, increasing environment resilience, empowering women, and promoting international cooperation.

Meanwhile, the establishment of a Clinical Legal Education Program as contained in Supreme Court Rule 138-A, is an experiential, interactive and reflective credit-earning teaching course with the objectives of providing law students with practical knowledge, skills and values necessary for the application of the law, delivery of legal services and promotion of social justice and public interest, especially to the marginalized, while inculcating in the students the values of ethical lawyering and public service. It consists of learning activities covered by this Rule undertaken in either a 1) law clinic or an 2) externship, which will incorporate the teaching of legal theory and doctrines, practical skills, as well as legal ethics.

Judge Benjamin D. Turgano, President of Wesleyan University-Philippines (3rd from left), and Atty. Carolina A. Mercado, Senior Legal Advisor of the Asia Foundation (2nd from left), sign MOA in a partnership to establishment a Clinical Legal Education Program at Wesleyan in the presence of Atty. J.V. Bautista, Dean of the John Wesley School of Law and Governance (right) and Atty. Chudney G. Ngo, Legal Specialist of the Office of International Law Enforcement and Narcotics Affairs (left).