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MAGDANGAL M. DE LEON

Associate Justice, Court of Appeals Chair, Department of Remedial Law, PHILJA

Justice Magdangal M. de Leon is a product of the Philippine public school system. He obtained his Foreign Service degree in the University of the Philippines where he was a College Scholar and became Secretary General of the U.P. Foreign Service Corps, aside from being selected as member of the Phi Kappa Phi International Honor Society and Pi Gamma Mu International Social Science Honor Society. He graduated from the UP College of Law in 1972, where he was among the top ten in his batch. After a few years in private practice, starting with the law firm of the prominent trial lawyer, Crispin Baizas, he entered government service in 1976 as a Research Attorney in the Office of the Solicitor General, the law firm of the government and its officials. Rising from the ranks, he was appointed Assistant Solicitor General by President Aquino in 1991. In 2004, he was appointed Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals by President Arroyo.

Justice of the Court of Appeals by President Arroyo. Presently, he is a faculty member and

Presently, he is a faculty member and bar reviewer at the Ateneo Law School, teaching remedial law subjects. He is the new Chairman of the Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA) Remedial Law Department. Also, he is a member of the Supreme Court Sub-Committee on the Revision of the Rules of Civil

He was an examiner for Remedial Law in the 2009 bar

examinations. Recently, he served as member of the Screening Committee for Second Level Courts in connection with the 2009 Awards for Judicial Excellence. Aside from being a PHILJA lecturer, he is also an active Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) lecturer and has traveled to San Francisco and Los Angeles, California for that purpose. In the international scene, he is a member of the International Consultants Group, Rules and Principles of Transnational Civil Procedure, sponsored by the American Law Institute.

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Among other distinctions, he is a recipient of the 2008 UP Centennial Distinguished Alumnus Award for championing justice and the judiciary; 2008 Ulirang Ama Awardee for Law and Judiciary; 2007 Outstanding Jurist Award from the Consumers Union of the Philippines; and 2007 Presiding Justice Award for Outstanding performance, notably in case disposal;

Cognizant of the Constitutional right of litigants to a speedy disposition of their cases (Art. III, Sec. 16), he was able to attain zero number of cases submitted for decision in September 2006, just two (2) years and seven (7) months from his appointment.