Former Chief Justice Renato Corona, impeached from his post in late May last year, will begin his work in DLSU as a part-time professor by the first term of next academic year.
Corona will be handling courses offered under the Commercial Law Department of the Ramon V. del Rosario College of Business (COB). Commercial Law Department Chair Atty. James Heffron explains, “Students will learn better from those who have had concrete experiences in the field, and the former Chief Justice has had much exposure… Subjects like BUCOTAX (Business and Income Taxation), TAXINCO (Law on Income Taxation), and CONSLAW (Constitutional Law), he will be able to handle those very well.”
In his earlier years, Corona was a faculty member at the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) where he taught Commercial Law, Taxation, and Corporation Law for 17 years, as well as International Law at the graduate school of the University of Sto. Tomas (UST). He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from AdMU, a Master of Laws degree (LLM) from the Harvard Law School, and a Doctor of Civil Law degree from UST.
Heffron hopes that this will allow the students to be more holistically developed in their pre-law years since he believes Corona possesses excellent skills in writing and argumentation, clear decision-making, persuasion and necessary sagacity which are essential in the field of law.
An online biography of Corona says that his personal advocacies include the formation of strong moral and ethical values in the legal profession, especially among the young lawyers. Although accused and apprehended for committing a crime against the state, the academe still sees his values to be in line with the vision, “Lasallian achievers for God and country”.
Br. Ricky Laguda FSC, University President and Chancellor, believes that Corona will be a good addition to the DLSU faculty despite the controversy surrounding him, “We do not define people by their mistakes, but by their abilities. I am optimistic that his learning experiences will further mold our students and make them more adept in handling increasingly complex cases.”
According to Br. Ricky, the University is currently tapping more figures to teach as part-timers in their respective fields.
The former Chief Justice was personally recommended by the College of Law (COL) Dean Atty. Jose Manuel Diokno. He hopes that Corona can also be “imported” to teach in COL citing the need for more professionals with wide-ranging experiences in the work field. COL currently has a full time faculty of seven.
Meanwhile, some members of the academe consider this as one of the steps the University is taking to make DLSU’s COL at par with other leading law schools such as Ateneo de Manila University and University of the Philippines.
Through this and future additions in the faculty, the University is hoping for better student performance after a lower than 20 percent passing rate in the recently concluded 2013 Bar Examination, where only 946 out of the 5,343 aspiring lawyers who took the four-Sunday exam last October passed. The list of Bar exam topnotchers was dominated by the Ateneo which had six in the top 10, and UP, which had four.
Corona was appointed Chief Justice in 2010 by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo after the retirement of former Chief Justice Reynato Puno, and only a month before stepping down from office. An impeachment complaint was filed against Corona in December, 12 2011 by the House of Representatives. On May 29, 2012, he was impeached after 20 out of 24 senators voted him guilty of betraying public trust by failing to properly declare his assets, liabilities, and net worth.