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SIX MARIANS PASS 2011 BAR EXAMS

By Atty. Herson S. Valmores
Legal Counsel/Dean, College of Law


After a year of “drought”, the SMU College of Law is back with a vengeance which registered an all-time high of 66.67% passing rate among the first takers in the November 2011 Bar Examinations. This feat resulted to the inclusion of the following Marians in the Roll of Attorneys:
Atty. JONATHAN R. BUDADEN
who hails from Tabuk, Kalinga Province. He finished his baccalaureate degree in Criminology from the Baguio Colleges Foundation (now the University of the Cordilleras) in 2001. He landed 12th in the 2001 Criminology Board Examinations. At present, he is the Head of the Criminology Department of Saint Mary’s University and is expected to complete his doctorate degree in Criminology this year from the Philippine College of Criminology;
 
 
 
Atty. ANNIVEST D. HANGDAAN
is a 1995 graduate of Centro Escolar University with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy. She is presently based in Lamut, Ifugao where she is managing a pharmacy;
 
 
 
 
 
 Atty. CLARIZA S. IDIO
is from Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya and a 2004 Bachelor of Science in Accountancy graduate of Saint Mary’s University. She is a certified public accountant;
 
 
 
 
 
Atty. VANESSA LYN E. INOCENCIO-DIOZO,
who hails from Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya, is a graduate of Saint Mary’s University. She completed her baccalaureate degree in Commerce in 2002;
 
 
 
 
 
Atty. APPLE R. JANDOC
is the newest addition to a clan of lawyers from Bagabag, Nueva Vizcaya. She finished her bachelor’s degree in English in 2007 from Saint Mary’s University;
 
 
 
 
 
Atty. MICHELLE P. PAWINGI
is a 1997 Bachelor of Science in Accountancy graduate of the University of Santo Tomas. A certified public accountant, she is presently working at the Department of Agrarian Reform in Lagawe, Ifugao.
 
 
 
 
 
To date, the SMU College of Law has produced 55 lawyers since it first sent its first batch of examinees in the year 2000.

The bar examinations, which is administered by the Supreme Court annually, determine those who will be admitted to the practice of law. Chaired by Supreme Court Associate Justice Roberto A. Abad, the 2011 Bar Examinations introduced a lot of firsts. Aside from transferring the examinations dates (from September to November) and the venue (from De La Salle University in Taft to the University of Santo Tomas in Espaňa), the bar examinations last year also featured, for the first time, the use of multiple choice questions (MCQs) which constituted 60% of the test. Deviating from the traditional essay-type questions, examinees were also required to draft two essays --- a trial memorandum and a legal opinion --- which comprise 40% of the examinations.
 

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