Saturday, December 11, 2010

Updates from the author-lawyer

I'm back to blogging, again, after a long hiatus. When people told me that passing the Bar is a life changer, they were right. Many new and exciting things happened to me since April, the month I took my oath with fellow Bar passers at the Philippines International Convention Center before the Supreme Court En Banc and signed the Roll of Attorneys at the Supreme Court Old Session Hall. Needless to say, I was on to many first experiences: first election case, first court appearance as a lawyer, first trip to Europe on a mission, etc..

That explains why for the longest time I have ignored this blog. But when I had the chance to read the entries here again, I realized how my Barops blogging helped me through ultimately passing the Bar Exam of 2009. Those conscious efforts to find the best possible tips and pointers for a Bar reviewee was both good karma and good internalization exercise which helped me in my Bar review. I have also been inspired by some of the comments posted in this blog.

Yet, here's the case. How can I fill this blog in with more substantial articles when I am already a full-time practicing lawyer? That means I have less of a practical motivation to look for latest tips and pointers because I already achieved one of my goals in writing this blog - becoming a lawyer. On the other hand, maybe my new goal should be to help those who are still on their way trudging on the often treacherous and difficult road to becoming a lawyer. Maybe that's it. And maybe too, share in this blog the practical tools that would-be neophyte lawyers should have when they get to practice law, important things that are not taught in law school.

It is true that there is an ocean of difference in the theories we learn in law school and the practical realities in actual practice. This does not much concern ethics because as much as possible I try hard to stay true and faithful to my oath, although indeed you can discover a lot of unethical and even unlawful practices cavalierly and regularly resorted to by colleagues in the profession. It has more to do with actual procedures in and out of court. It has also has something to do with the practice itself and the actual role of lawyers vis-a-vis popular or prevailing notions. Thus I think it would be a useful addition to this blog if I share tips, pointers, notes and what-have-you on the Practice, from the perspective of a new lawyer.


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