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Reaction Paper on the Article: Plagiarism Within the Legal Profession

By: Jodea Pearl Abalos JD1A

The certainty that everything has already been written annuls us, or renders us
phantasmal.
Jorge Luis Borges

In the essay by Carlo C. Cajucom 1 He pointed out that the main reason why there was
a case of plagiarism was all due to the technicality of missing citations. 2 Placing the
examiners of justice, the judges, under scope for the law of plagiarism shows that the
law is applicable to all and that no one is above the law.

As is with many cases, there is always the due process. We may find that judges or
members of the court are not infallible, quite opposite of what we expect. The justice
system has made every consideration in safe guarding this essence of infallibility3
however this is not always the case. The law has always room for adapting to changes.

The Art of Revision

As a writer myself, I believe that judges and anyone practicing a profession in law must
at all cost learn to abide to citation needs. It is quite difficult to study (as I have learned
from experience) the seemingly unnecessary frivolity of understanding the underlying
context of citations, however, it is a rule upon itself so that we need to apply to
safeguard not just proprietary rights but the contexts with which we attribute other
peoples work.

I find that using particular applications on any given work is effective in safeguarding
against plagiarism and originality of thought.

I particularly like to use: www.smallseotools.com. This application effectively finds if a


work is plagiarized HOWEVER this is still limited to works found online.

Due diligence and research is needed for works found outside the scope of the internet.
Most plagiarism cases were filed and were based on works outside the internet and
were committed by people working as researchers under the supervision of the people
who have used the materials.4 This is the downfall of every great speaker working
with a researcher who have failed in one category: Due Diligence.
1. Plagiarism Within the Legal Profession and Academe, 55 ATENEO L.J. 787
(2010), available at http://ateneolawjournal.com/main/authorarticles/80
2. Discipline-specific examples of anti-plagiarism programming/pedagogy
publications. (2008). Combating Student Plagiarism, 147-152. doi:10.1016/b978-
1-84334-282-3.50019-7
3. CANONS OF JUDICIAL ETHICS - CHAN ROBLES VIRTUAL LAW
LIBRARY. CANONS OF JUDICIAL ETHICS - CHAN ROBLES VIRTUAL LAW
LIBRARY, www.chanrobles.com/canonsofjudicialethics.htm#.WZvS3yiGPIU.
Accessed 22 Aug. 2017.
4. THE LIST: 5 most talked-about plagiarism scandals in Philippines. THE LIST: 5
most talked-about plagiarism scandals in Philippines, news.abs-
cbn.com/lifestyle/08/20/12/list-5-most-talked-about-plagiarism-scandals-ph.
Accessed 22 Aug. 2017.