BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – The University of St. La Salle College of Law held a free legal clinic at the Ayala Malls Capitol Central Activity Center on March 24 as part of Law Week 2023, a news release from the College said.
A total of 27 lawyers from the law school’s “esteemed faculty and alumni” took part in the event, with support from JD4 and JD3 Certified Law Student Practitioners.
The legal clinic provided legal counseling and advice to over 60 clients on various legal issues such as family law matters, property and ownership rights, civil, criminal, commercial, and labor relations cases, and possible amicable settlement of disputes.
JD3 students also conducted small group discussions on the Safe Spaces Act for National Women’s Month.
Lawyer Rosanne Juliana Gonzaga, College of Law dean thanked those who took part for the opportunity to bring justice closer to people, especially to the marginalized and underserved sectors.
She added that they intend to extend their legal aid services to other areas of Negros Occidental to strengthen people’s faith in the Rule of Law.
The event was made possible through the partnership with Ayala Malls Capitol Central, with support extended by the Province of Negros Occidental, the City Government of Bacolod, and the Office of Congressman Greg Gasataya.
The legal clinic has been an integral part of USLS-COL’s Law Week activities, with the latest event held in 2020. This year’s Law Week celebrations included a four-day sportsfest and a webinar on mental health and wellness.