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Honorary Doctorate for PJ

Northwestern University (NWU), the largest private university in northern Luzon, conferred the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, on Presiding Justice Ruben T. Reyes last April 10, 2007 at Laoag City. The conferment coincided with its 75th Commencement Exercises with the Presiding Justice as guest of honor and speaker.

The honorary grant was recommended by a committee of five on academic honors and awards composed of the deans of the graduate school, college of law, college of allied health sciences, the registrar and the vice-president for academic affairs.

The committee citation recognized, among others, the grantee's advocacy for a Court of Appeals that is righteous and reasonable in its decisions and resolutions, responsible and responsive to the challenge of judicial service; legal and judicial reform initiatives, dedication and relentless efforts in the pursuit of freedom, justice and truth, exemplary record of public service and leadership, and contribution to the enrichment of the legal profession as author of a bar reviewer on special laws and several articles published in law journals and reviews, as bar review lecturer and speaker in law seminars and symposia.

The University also took note of the PJ's numerous post graduate summer studies in the United States, including those at Harvard Law School 1st Workshop for Law Teachers and Scholars, Academy of American and International Law, Appellate Judges Seminar in Wyoming, California Judicial College, National Judicial College and in The Hague, Netherlands on International Criminal Law.

Likewise considered was his service as president of the Philippine Association of Law Professors; member, board of trustees, Philippine Judicial Academy and Supreme Court Committee on Legal Education & Bar Matters; co-chairman, Ad Hoc Committee on Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) for Practicing Lawyers; Bar examiner, Legal Ethics and Practical Exercises; seminar coordinator, World Association of Law Professors (WALP); editor of three judicial publications and member of UP Law Center board of editors on Rules of Court in Filipino.




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