Michelle Ann Juan, ex-Ateneo professor – justice del castillo’s “legal researcher”in SC plagiarism
newsbreak has identified the “legal researcher” who was responsible for according to the SC inadvertently deleted the citations in the supreme court decision written by associate justice mariano del castillo that contained plagiarized portions from other sources – michelle ann juan, an ex-ateneo professor.
(click here to read: http://www.newsbreak.ph/2010/10/27/ex-ateneo-prof-behind-plagiarized-sc-rulings/)
being an ex-professor and at ateneo at that, one od the country’s top schools makes us wonder how juan made the mistake od inadvertently deleting the citations in the SC decision. what makes the error even more amazing is that the deletion occurred 50 times in the document. we can perhaps accept 1 deletion, but 50 times? getting the deletion done 50 times to us seem clear and conscious intent, not an honest mistake nor an accident.
as an ex-professor of one the best law schools in the country, juan should know that plagiarism is not acceptable. did juan tolerate plagiarism or “unintentional deletion” of citations in the papers her students submitted to her when she was a professor?
we assume that one of the things the ateneo law school teaches its students how to properly write legal documents and that should include making sure citations are included when a document uses work done by someone else. certainly grade school students at the ateneo de manila university are taught that as early as grade 3, if grade schoolers at ateneo know that, why wouldn’t a professor at the ateneo lw school know that.
based on the newsbreak article, juan has a very impressive resume. aside from graduating at one of the top in her class, she also placed 4th at the bar exams, has a master’s degree from New York University and was the editor in chief of the Ateneo Law Journal. we find it hard to believe that someone like juan with such credentials can make simple mistakes as deleting citations and unintentionally commit plagiarism. being an editor-in-chief of her school’s paper alone should prevent her from committing such mistakes and certainly not 50 times.
something is not right in the story the SC wants us to believe on this plagiarism case at the SC.
as posted at the Ateneo Law School website:http://law.ateneo.edu/index.php?p=323Juan, Michelle Ann U., A.B., J.D.Michelle Juan is a Professorial Lecturer in the Ateneo de Manila School of Law, teaching Legal Research, Legal Logic, Property, and Private International Law. She earned her B.A. [Philosophy] from the Ateneo in 1997, and her J.D. in 2002. She has also lectured at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (University of the City of Manila) and the FEU-DLSU JD-MBA Program.Michelle graduated 3rd in her batch, received a special commendation for her J.D. thesis [on the use of force in international law], and was the recipient of the St. Thomas More Award. Beyond these academic achievements, she was also Editor-in-Chief of the Ateneo Law Journal, and member/oralist of the Ateneo team to the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition.Michelle went on to place 4th in the 2002 National Bar Examinations, and then worked as an Associate with Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles, one of the leading law firms in the Philippines, specializing in domestic and international arbitration,
cross-border transactions, and commercial litigation.She has worked with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights, as well as various foundations and NGOs in the Philippines which focus on the rights and integral development of indigenous peoples, including the Assisi Development Foundation, Pamulaan Center for Indigenous Peoples Education, Ilawan Center for Peace & Sustainable Development, Tugdaan Mangyan Center for Learning and Development, and the Indigenous Peoples Livelihood Assistance Network. She also currently serves as the Legal Director of the World Youth Alliance – an international non-governmental organization based in New York City that is committed to promoting the dignity of the person in international policy.For SY 2007-2008, Michelle has been admitted to the LL.M. program of the NYU School of Law as a Hugo Grotius Scholar in International Legal Studies.