Chancellor Receives the Founding Chancellor Ameurfina Melencio Herrera Most Outstanding Professorial Lecturer Award
On November 12, 2012, retired Supreme Court Justice and PHILJA Chancellor Adolfo S. Azcuna delivered his lecture on the topic “The Writ of Amparo: The Philippine Experience So Far” as the first recipient of the Founding Chancellor Emeritus Ameurfina A. Melencio Herrera Award for the Most Outstanding Professorial Lecturer. The family of Justice Herrera, led by her son Atty. Florentino M. Herrera III; Justices of the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, the Sandiganbayan, and the Court of Tax Appeals; representatives from the Office of the Court Administrator; officials of the Supreme Court, PHILJA, and the Court of Appeals; and selected judges from the first and second level courts of Cavite attended the event held at the auditorium of the PHILJA Training Center in Tagaytay.
Earlier, the PHILJA Board of Trustees headed by the Chief Justice Madame Maria Lourdes P. A. Sereno approved the proposal by the children of Justice Herrera to donate funds for the annual award to the most outstanding professorial lecturer, upon the nomination of candidates by the Academic Council and selection by the Chancellor, to honor their mother Justice Herrera on the occasion of her 90th birthday on May 11, 2012. Atty. Herrera and his two sisters Dr. Victoria Lourdes M. Herrera-Ruiz and Dr. Milagros M. Herrera-Arroyo have established a bank account which funds PHILJA could avail of for the said purpose.
A few retired justices of the Supreme Court, members of the academe, representatives of PHILJA’s development partners, and a number of private practitioners and law students also graced the significant event.