On January 10, 2001, the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila Board of Regents held a Special Meeting where the then PLM President Dr. Tayabas proposed the creation of the the PLM LAW CENTER, headed by the Dean, to serve as an institute for:
- Continuing legal education,
- Legal research and publications
- Promotion of barangay justice
- Deployment of PLM lawyers to render free legal services in the Manila City hall and other local governments, as part of their scholarship contract with the PLM College of Law.
Thereafter, Execom Resolution No. 16 was approved creating the Law Center with the above-stated mandate.
On even date, Board Resolution No. 2259 was confirmed by the Board, thereby establishing the now PLM Law Center.
After its creation, various transition have occurred, until October 16, 2013, when the 1st PLM Legal Aid Clinic/Program was held through the initiative of the PLM College of Law. Said event was conducted among the residents of Barangay 829 and 832 in Otis Pandacan, Manila, where PLM lawyers and law students participated and shared their knowledge and expertise in Law. This was followed by a number of public service activities within the City of Manila.
To-date, the present Law Center under the stewardship of Dean George Erwin M. Garcia accomplished a number of programs such as the conduct of various symposiums and meetings pertaining to different aspects of the Law such as the Revised Rules and Regulations of the Civil Service Commission, Anti-Red Tape Act and many others. The lawyers of the Center actively participate in various programs involving the legal system and public service aiming to improve the Center’s involvement in relevant legal issues for the enhancement of legal education and the legal profession.
ATTY. GEORGE ERWIN M. GARCIA, LL.M.
ATTY. MYNOA REFAZO – STO. DOMINGO
ATTY. MAZNA R. LUTCHAVEZ
HEAD OF INSTITUTES
Institute of Rights of the Youth and Women
Institute of Election Laws and Reforms
Institute of Local and International Legal Studies
Institute of Policies on Philippine Sovereignty and Foreign Policy
RESEARCH AND ADMIN ASSISTANTS
Bridging legal profession and public service.
The principal aim of the Center’s work is to serve as a point of resource for the government. While the Law Center has special expertise on the local government of Manila, its services aims to have a nationwide impact. The Center shall assist the local and national government in keeping its public servants abreast of the law and improve their ability to better serve the community through their in-depth legal literacy.
The Center has a non-partisan identity and does not participate in advocacy on disputed policy issues.
Central to its mission is training, continued education for skilled lawyers and future leaders in the legal profession as well as giving out relevant information through researches, symposiums and other extension services to the public. Connecting the law school to the community is a key part of the Center’s mission.
Non-partisan law and public policy center. Producing independent legal research, analysis, trainings/seminars and publication to help national and local government better serve their communities and the people.
The Center currently focuses on several core topics such as the youth, women, suffrage, overseas Filipino workers and immigration laws, public international law access to justice of informal settlers and police oversight.
The Center shall prepare law students for careers as attorneys in public service through the Legal Aid Program, a select opportunity for a small number of applicants from each class.
Capitalizing on its location in the City of Manila, the Law Center shall explore emerging issues to shed light to the public and connect with government officials through consultations and other relevant programs.
On September 12, 2019, the PLM Law Center held a symposium on the Anti-Red Tape Act and the Law on Ease of Doing Business. The guest speaker on the said symposium is no other than the Director-General of the Anti-Red Tape Authority, Atty. Jeremiah B. Belgica, an alumnus of the PLM College of Law. The Symposium was attended and participated by law students, law professors, PLM University Officials, Manila City Hall Officials, Intramuros Barangay Officials, and representatives from other government entities. After the Symposium, Director-General Belgica was recognized as OUTSTANDING ALUMNUS of the PLM College of Law.