Indigenous Peoples

Legal Aid and its need for an Immersion and Exposure Program

Posted on 2013/11/02

Lawyering is a noble profession but it can also be the very opposite of nobility when it is blind and deaf from the realities it ought to respond. It is said that in the eyes of the law everyone is equal but this can only be realized if the law is accessible and that the law is capable of being understood. Most people who are in need of the protection of the law are the ones who cannot understand the law. For the law practice, as well, needs to access and understand those that need its services the most. The rural and urban poor are mostly taken for granted and even blamed for many societal ills. But what is not visible to the eye is the responsibility of the law to understand and help them.

Legal Aid does not only mean free access to legal services but also having access to people who need legal services the most. Legal Aid entails the responsibility of having the heart and mind to help. In order to have these, one must understand those who need help. Immersion and Exposure programs directly provide for these.

This yearís Liceo Legal Aid Centerís Immersion and Exposure Program endeavors to bring the law students to communities that need to be visible in the eyes of the law practice. Law students, the future of law practice, are immersed and exposed to urban and rural communities in Bukidnon and Butuan City. The program attempts to let these students understand the conditions of these communities and the problems that they encounter in their day-to-day lives. These experiences should help these students in humanizing the laws and in seeking to find answers to the problems of the communities related to the application of the laws.

The importance of having this program for law students is to expose them with the lives of the people who greatly need the assistance of those who know the law. As what the LiLAC members experienced during their summer Legal Aid Internship and Immersion, this program can change the eyes of the law students. During the summer of 2013, one of them was sent in rural community where the implementation of the Agrarian Reform Law is a central issue. Being able to live and experience the hardships of the farmers fighting for their rights under the Agrarian Reform Law had an exponential effect in the mind of the law student. The law student was able to feel and internalize the necessity for the law. This in turn helped the student in helping the law work.

As an organization that espouses the value of free access to legal aid, LiLAC welcomes the importance of this program in the creation of well-rounded lawyers who have the eyes and heart capable of serving those who are in need of legal help Ė the underprivileged who canít afford the luxuries of expensive lawyers.


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Is an Non-Government Organization Catering Youth Services

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Liceo Legal Aid Center (LiLAC) doing business under the name and style of Center for Alternative Lawyering of Liceo is the legal aid center of Liceo de Cagayan University, a privately owned university based in Cagayan de oro City. The group is composed of law students, alumni of the College of Law of the University, and lawyers who are passionate in the practice of alternative lawyering. LiLAC is guided by its vision of a holistic formation of law students committed to the transformation of society by promoting justice, empowerment, unity and peace, through helping the marginalized sector of the depressed areas here in Mindanao, in the Philippines and in the world. While the group was registered only this year with the Securities and Exchange Commission, it has been providing services to marginalized communities in partnership with NGOs for more than 8 years now. LiLAC has more than 50 members, 15 of whom are taking the active role of running the groupís activities.

e-mail:liceolegalaidcenter@gmail.com
twitter: twitter.com/liceolegalaid
facebook: fb.com/liceolegalaidrn

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The Mindanao State University Legal Aid Clinic or Mindanao SULAC for brevity, is the Legal Aid Clinic of Mindanao State University College of law. It is the first and currently the only one of its kind to be established in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). It strives to cater the legal needs of the underprivileged and/or indigent clients of the Region and to help promote the proper administration of justice as a key to lasting peace in the region and in the country as a whole.

Office Address: 1F MSU College of Law Bldg.,
MSU Main Campus, Marawi City 9700 Philippines
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Email: mindanaosulac@gmail.com
Mobile No.: (+63) 907 336 7762

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The Notre Dame university is a Catholic Institution in Cotabato City run by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate and member of the Notre Dame Educational Association Philippines.The Notre Dame University Legal Aid Center started sometime in 2009. Its members are the officially enrolled students of NDU-College of Law.

The following are the official pages and e-mail address of the group:
FB: fb.com/ndulac
twitter: twitter.com/ndulac
Instagram: instagram.com/ndulac
email: ndulac@gmail.com

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The Palawan Cradle of Rights is a unified composition of law students from Palawan State university school of Law, established last August 26, 2013 after the culminating activity of the Basic Orientation Seminar by the US Embassy in partnership with the MYVC.

Through our linkages and with the help of the different Government and Non-government organizations we aim to provide free access to people who need legal assistance.

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The University of Mindanao Legal Aid Network (ULAN) is a non-stock, non-profit, and service institution of the University of Mindanao. As a service institution, it provides legal assistance, advocates human rights and social justice, and facilitates the formation of law students for alternative lawyering. It consists of law students and alumni of the College of Legal Education of the University of Mindanao committed to provide an adequate and greater access to justice of the community through its programs.

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The CENTRO ADVOCACIA LEGAL is organized exclusively for charitable, socio-cultural and educational purposes, more specifically to serve the needs of the marginalized communities specifically children and youth and the minorities in Zamboanga City through Legal Aid Assistance and Human Rights Based Advocacies.