It is official. Dean Sedfrey M. Candelaria has three more years to continue the reforms he initiated in the Ateneo Law School.
Ateneo de Manila University President Fr. Jose Ramon T. Villarin S.J. has announced the reappointment of Candelaria as Dean of the Law School for a fresh three-year term, starting from June 1, 2015 up to May 31, 2018.
Candelaria was first designated as Officer-in-Charge of the ALS in October 2011, following the appointment of then Dean Cesar L. Villanueva as Chairman of the Governance Commission for GOCCs (GCG). He eventually assumed the deanship in February 2012 for an initial term of three years.
The news was coursed through an official memo from the Office of the President, dated November 18, 2014, and addressed to Dr. Antonette Palma-Angeles, the Vice President of the Ateneo Professional Schools. This was among the several actions taken by AdMU’s Board of Trustees during its regular meeting last November 5, 2014.
The reappointment comes on the heels of a series of changes Candelaria has introduced in the ALS. These include the establishment of the Ateneo Graduate Legal Studies Institute, the enhanced LL.M. curriculum, and the impending introduction of the J.D. tracking system.
Dean Candelaria finished his Bachelor of Law in the ALS in 1984, and ranked among the Top 20% of his graduating class. He passed the Bar Exams in the same year, with a grade of 83.2%. He got his LL.M. degree from the University of British Columbia in 1989. He is currently the Head of Research and Linkages of the Philippine Judicial Academy, which is under the auspices of the Supreme Court.
He has served the ALS in various capacities. Prior to being appointed as Dean, he held the position of Associate Dean for Student Affairs for more than ten years. He also served as the Research Director of the Ateneo Human Rights Center, Director of the Adhikain Para sa Karapatang Pambata (AKAP-AHRC), and Director for Admissions. Among others, he teaches Constitutional Law, Political Law Review, Public International Law, Indigenous Peoples Rights, Children’s Rights Law, and International Economic Law.
Sought for comment, ALS Student Council President Armand Dulay (4A) expressed elation over the news. “With the reappointment of Dean Sed, he can now implement the changes that he’s been planning for ALS. I’m excited about it,” he said.
Villarin’s memo also contained the reappointment of Atty. Antonio G.M. La Viña as Dean of the Ateneo School of Government (ASoG), who will serve until May 31, 2016. Dean La Viña teaches Environmental Litigation in ALS. P
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