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The LEGAL

COUNSELLI
NG
REPORT
JUDGE CATHERINE MANODON

RIGOR, CAVIN KAY


2ND Year student

INTRODUCTION
The Job of lawyering is not that simple, like anyone would assume to
be as such. This field of profession might be considered as one of the most
terrifying and exhaustive calling of ones life and destiny or choice. The
path of advocating the law, defending clients, and other more is not
ordinary. The continuous learning of the development of the laws, the
extravagant loads and volumes of cases and all other works must always
be met in accordance with the time tables of each lawyer. Be on time, be
generous, be formal, be a good looking, be intelligent, be sociable, be wise,
be strong, be full of wisdom, and many other personalities must be
INHERENT and be practiced by lawyers.
Be a trade of all jacks and be a master of nothing is not the motto of
lawyers. Instead, be wise in knowing how to master everything, because
your clients presumes you to be a super hero. A super human that will
answer every questions that he would be asking, to solve every problems
of his life, to advise him of things to do, to defend him no matter what, to
counsel him in all his cases in courts and to win his cause forever. The
clients are the source of revenue, or the fuel of each living lawyers now a
days. Cases and Problems are the main field of harvest to each member of
the bar. Without a confusing and problematic world, lawyers will be
nowhere to be found. Lawyers life is different from anyone else.
The life of a lawyer is FULL OF CHALLENGES and A LOT OF
VICTORIES. And thats why I LOVE IT!

OBSERVATION
Again, I was inside a law firm. I with my group mates was scheduled
for an observation of a law firm. We are going to have a legal aid with the
clients that will be coming to the said office. The filing was similar with the
1st counselling that we have made. The ambiance inside was so cool. A
determinative fact that lawyers are deemed rich in nature. Paintings are in
the walls, which were given by clients of the firm. The rooms of each
partner can be seen, with their paralegals or assistants table outside. A
big, wide, shaped oblong table in the main sala of the firm, to which they
receive their clients. And off course a centralize ambiance with air-condition
facility. Some of the lawyers are on leave, but we are lucky enough, still, to
have other lawyers to assist us and even with the help of their respective
staffs.

LEGAL AID
Again, the main purpose of our visit and observation was not just to
appreciate and observe the ambiance of a law firm, however, we must have
a one on one client encounter and must conduct a legal aid by giving
advice to the latters case.
To be honest, it was hard to do this because, again, the clients of the
firm are mostly corporations. But due to the efforts of the lawyers of the
said firm we are able to meet clients, walked in clients, which were asked to
drop by the firms office for fulfilling our request and demand for a conduct

of legal aid. And, indeed, to comply with our finals requirements in law
school.
I met MR. MARK JASON alias MON DEBABA. A 27 year old, good
looking, tall man. He is a good basketball player in their place. Actually, he
is residing on the same barangay with the law firm. So, he is living near the
said office and happens to drop to ask something, legal matter, about his
rights over a particular incident that happened to him last month.
What I first did was, introduced myself with the said client and told
him that I will give him an advice which is I think the proper remedy and
answer to the problem case that he will be narrating to me. Also, I informed
him that I am a law student, and the advices that I will be giving will be just
a mere opinion based on the impromptu encounter with the said client. And,
the advices that I will make is not binding to the Firms Position over the
case. That they might give an opposite view or affirmation with modification
over my advices and that I am NOT yet a lawyer.

LEGAL ADVICE
The narration of our conversation is provided as follows:
ME: Sir, Good morning po.
MON: Magandang umaga din, attorney.
ME: Anu pong pangalan nyo? At ilang taon na po kayo sir? Mukhang
magkasing edad lang po kc tayo.
MON: Attorney, tawagin nyo nlng po akong MON, pero ang totoo kong
pangalan po ay MARK JASON DEBABA. 27 na po ako ngayon.

ME: Sabi ko na nga ba magkasing edad lang tayo Mon. (I just said this to
have a mutual feeling with the client, because in reality Im just 22 years
old. If he would probably know that Im younger than him, he might not
disclose or even entrusted me about his case.)
ME: Sir Mon, ako nga pla si CAVIN RIGOR, tawagin mo nlang akong Cavz,
un kc ang tawag sa akin sa law school. At lilinawin ko lang Mon, hindi pa
ako abugado, kya wag mo muna ako tawagin sa pangalang yan, pero kung
gusto mo, okay lang naman din, duon din naman tayo tutungo.
ME: So, Mon, lahat ng I aadvice ko kung ano man ung problem mo, ay
isang conclusion at opinion ko, pagkatapos nito ay kakausapin ka din ng
mga totoong abugado para mabigyan ka ng mas maayos na sagot at mga
alternatibong solusyon sa mga problema at kaso natin. Okay ba un?
MON: Oo attorney.
ME: Cge, sir Mon, anong atin?
MON: Habang nakaupo AKO sa may court dito barangay naming, jan lang
papasok sa eskinita, sinaksak ako bigla sa likod. Sinaksak ako nung
kalaban naming fraternity. Na hilata ako sa floor ng court, tapos ung
nakasaksak sa akin tumakbo at hindi na abutan ng mga kasama ko. Agad
agad akong itinakbo sa hospital. Sinakay ako sa tricycle. Pag dating sa
hospital, maayos naman na, hindi naman daw malala ung saksak sa akin.
Nakalabas din naman agad ako nung araw na un.
ME: Okay ka na ba ngaun? Kaylan ba nangyari yong saksakan?

MON: Okay naman na ako, medjo may kirot lang konti, sa tagiliran kc ako
tinamaan. Buti nga 3 saksak lang, at hindi malalim ung naabot. Last month
lang Attorney, mga Februray 15-20 ngayong taon (2015).
ME: Tapos ano pang nangyari?
MON: Aun. Pagkatapos nuon. Nagcomplain ako sa barangay naming ditto.
Nahuli ung sumaksak sakin. Nag hearing ,tapos umabot kami sa
compromise agreement.
ME: Okay naman na pala Mon? Ano bang naging poblema?
MON: Okay naman na sakin nga ung compromise Attorney, pero hanggang
ngayon hindi pa rin nagbabayad ung nakasaksak sa akin. 10 thousand
pesos lang naman.
ME: Dapat bumalik sa barangay para ipa enforce ung karapatan mo duon
sa perang pinagkasunduan nyo?
MON: Oo, ginawa ko na un. Humingi ako ng certificate of action sa
barangay chairman pero hindi niya inaasikaso. Un ang pinaka poblema ko
Attorney.
ME: Okay, Mon. Ayun sa batas, yang sitwasyon mo e pwede nang isampa
sa korte. May karapatan ka, at ung karapatan mo ay binabaliwala o na
sasawalang tabi, yan ay tinatawag na cause of action na pwede nating
ihain sa korte.
ME: Una mong gagawin, sa aking palagay, ay gumawa ka ng letter to
demand na iaadress mo duon sa barangay chairman. Duon sa letter mo
ilagay mo ung kwento mo at ung concern mo na hindi pa nababayaran ung

sa compromise agreement, at ung mabagal na hustisya sa kaso mo.


Gumawa ka ng dalawang kopya, ung isa e pa receipt mo duon para may
ebidensya ka na nag bigay ka ng letter duon.
ME: Pag walang akson ang nangyari, sabihin nating within 3 weeks.
Pumunta ka dito ulit, at kakausapin ka na ng mga abugado para mag file
ng case sa korte.
ME: Duon mag fifile tayo ng case for writ of mandamus for the immediate
enforcement and implementation of the compromise agreement between
the parties. Dahil dito, ang korte ay inuutusan ang mga taga barangay na
gumawa ng aksyon kaukulan dito sa kaso mo, at ung nakasaksak sayo ay
kaylangang magbayan sa abot ng makakaya nya dahil kung hindi nya
magagawan ng paraan ay mad dudulot ng mas matinding bunga ng
kanyang sala. Kasama sa hihilingin mo sa korte e ung damages dahil sa
mabagal na pag akson ng mga kinauukulan sa kaso mo.
ME: Aun lang Mon. Yan ang sa tingin kong mga dapat mong gawin at mga
mangyayari sa sitwasyon mo ngayon. May mga tanong ka pa ba?
MON: Wala na attorney.
ME: Thank you Mon. Sana nakatulong ako kahit papano. God bless you.
MON: Thank you din po.

CONCLUSION
In the end, the Mon was satisfied with my advice. He said that it was
so good to hear that he still have hope to change things in the proper and

true perspective. Justice will prevail, no matter what. His regrets and
burdens somehow ease. And thereafter, he thank me for the advice that I
gave.
Hence, we shake hands and thank each other with a big warm smile
in our faces.
The lawyers actually wanted to applaud to my interview. They told me
that Im ready to be a lawyer. I also thank the lawyers and staffs of the said
firm.
After the entire interview of me and my other group mates, we then
said goodbye and left the law firm.

PERSONAL EVALUATION
I felt like Im really a lawyer. It was a heart whelming experience that
someone talked to me and kept on recognizing me for a title of being a
lawyer, notwithstanding the fact that I disclosed to him that I am not yet a
Lawyer.
As I heard the story of my client, evaluated the narrations, the laws
and jurisprudence that Im familiar with and studied for my first 2 years in
Law School, secured the best possible remedies available, pursue and
secured the case for the benefit of my client, wee, was the best experience
ever!
This field was indeed so hard, technical, complicated, and stressful
one. However, the strategies of winning a case was indeed an analytical
area which really satisfies me.
AGAIN, I WILL BECOME A LAWYER.