ANNA MARIE MELANIE B. TRINIDAD

Chairperson Anna Marie Melanie B. Trinidad took her pre-law in the University of Sto. Tomas, obtaining a BS Degree in Industrial Engineering in 1990. She then obtained her Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in the San Beda University in 1999 and took that year’s Bar and became a lawyer in the year 2000.

As a law student, Chair Melanie ranked third during her freshman year and no. 18 in a graduating class of 80 and was one of PBA’s first sportscasters while studying law. She worked briefly for the Hon. Justice Josue N. Bellosillo, from May 8 to June 30, 2000, entering and leaving with the rank of Court Attorney IV.

Chairperson Trinidad then became an Associate lawyer at the Angara Abello Concepcion Regala and Cruz Law Offices or ACCRALAW, in the Labor Department for two (2) years. In 2002, joined the Parulan Soncuya and Trinidad Law Office, where she has been a partner for eighteen (18) years now.

Aside from private practice, she immersed herself in the academe in the last thirteen (13) years, teaching Criminal Law I and II as well as Criminal law Review for most of that time in the Beda College of Alabang, School of Law (SBCA-SOL). She also served as a Bar Reviewer in Criminal Law in San Beda University since 2018.

Chairperson Melanie was the Vice Dean of the San Beda College Alabang School of Law from 2016 until her appointment as Chairperson of the Legal Education Board. She is currently taking up her LLM in San Beda University.

LORENZO R. REYES

Commissioner Lorenzo R. Reyes is a product of the state school system, having been trained by the Mindanao State University (AB Political Science) and the University of the Philippines (Law and MA in Industrial Relations).

Feeling stressed in observing the incompetence of both the public and private sectors in managing scarce but valuable resources, Comm. Reyes went to the Harvard-Kennedy School of Government to learn the best practices in management and public policy making where he obtained an MA in Public Policy and Management. Comm. Reyes was also the Class Marshall of the 250 graduates of the class of 2001. In Harvard, he learned the different experiences and best practices in management of the different countries of the world, both in the West and in the East.

After law school, and wanting to know more about the rough and tumble of private law practice, Comm. Reyes joined the law offices of Senator Ambrosio Padilla (civil law practice), Justice Ramon Fernandez (criminal law practice), and the Salonga, Yap and Ordonez (corporate, constitutional and appellate law practices).

Hand in hand with the continuing search for knowledge in the complexities and rudiments of law practice, Comm. Reyes, as a personal crusade, undertook to impart knowledge to aspiring lawyers by becoming a professorial lecturer in Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Law of Public Officers, Criminal Law, Local Government Code, Environmental and Agrarian Laws in the San Sebastian College – Recoletos Law School and the University of the Philippines Law Center Continuing Legal Education (which is the forerunner of the MCLE today) for more than a decade. Comm. Reyes also taught Political and International Laws in his alma mater.

However, Comm. Reyes reached a point where he did not relish anymore earning his keeps from the woes of conflicting parties. Thus, he joined public service as a Governor of his native Tawi-Tawi, Assistant and Undersecretary of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Vice Chairman of the DAR Adjudication Board, National Electrification Agency Supervisor for electricity distribution in Mindanao, General Counsel of the DBP-Philippine Amanah Bank, President of a state college, and Regent and Chancellor of a state university for almost a decade, where in the latter capacities, he learned the rudiments of improving higher education from the Commission on Higher Education, Development Academy of the Philippines, University of Hawaii, East-West Center, and the Curtin University of Technology – experiences he would like to share with LEB in introducing reforms in legal education.

On Saturdays, when Comm. Reyes is not dabbling in law, you can find him with Rotary International, where he was a Past Club President and Past Assistant Governor of District 3850 whose rallying motto is “Service Above Self”. As a crusader for the preservation of the beauty of Mother Earth, Comm. Reyes also finds time scuba diving in the different waters of the Philippines cleaning the ocean floor and collecting the destructive Crown of Thorns that eat valuable corals.

Comm. Reyes’ Sundays meanwhile is for the Good Lord, where he is a Lay Extraordinary Minister (LEM) of the Catholic Church, and a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus.

JOSEFE C. SORRERA-TY

Commissioner Josefe C. Sorrera-Ty represents the Philippine Association of Law Schools in the Legal Education Board. Before she was appointed to the LEB, Commissioner Sorrera-Ty was the Dean of the Father Saturnino Urios University College of Law. It was during her deanship that the Urian Legal Assistance Program (ULAP) was established. ULAP is the first conflict-sensitive conflict- transformative legal assistance program in the country with a special heart for the environment and the indigenous peoples of Caraga Region. She was the Dean of the law school for fifteen (15) years.

She believes that lawyers are peacemakers and that legal education will only be meaningful if law students serve while learning. She is also an advocate of experiential learning. Moreover, she has an extensive teaching experience in accountancy and law courses like Management Accounting, Auditing, Business Law and Taxation, Legal Ethics, Natural Resources and Environmental Law, Taxation, Statutory Construction and Practice Court.

She has been appointed by the Supreme Court to Technical Working Groups, namely for the Revision of Rule 138-A (Student Practice Rule), National Legal Education Summit and the Sub- committee on the Admission to the Bar. She was also appointed by the Supreme Court as a member of the Oversight Committee for the Implementation of the Revised Law Student Practice Rule.

Commissioner Sorrera-Ty is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). She was elected National President of the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants in 2012 and in the year 2014 she was elected as the Secretary General of the ASEAN Federation of Accountants. She obtained her Bachelor of Laws and B. S. Business Administration and Accountancy degrees from the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.

Salex E. Alibogha

Commissioner Salex Espinosa Alibogha is representing the Ranks of Active Law Practitioners in the Legal Education Board. He is an achiever by heart being a consistent honor student from basic to higher education studies. He is a nurse, educator, researcher, entrepreneur, leader, and lawyer. He finished his Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (Magna Cum Laude) from Central Philippine University (CPU) in 1992. He is a registered nurse having placed number nine (9) in June 1992 Nursing Board with a rating of 88.60 %. Subsequently, he finished his Master of Arts in Nursing and Bachelor of Laws (Magna Cum Laude) from the same university in 1996 and 2001 respectively. He passed the September 2001 Bar with a rating of 85.65%. In 2017, he obtained his Masters of Laws from San Beda University.

Commissioner Alibogha’s academic pursuits were all sustained by scholarships local and abroad. Among which include: Iloilo Provincial Government Scholarship, State Scholarship of the Commission on Higher Education, Apex Club of Australia, Entrance and Academic Scholarships of Central Philippine University and The CPU College of Nursing, Capiz Emmanuel Hospital, Iloilo Mission Hospital Nurses’ Alumni Association (CCINAA) grant. His masters in nursing and law were all supported by the faculty development program of Central Philippine University. Because of his academic achievements in health and nursing, he was recognized by the Filipino American Medical Society of New Jersey, USA as nurse-practicalist. Aside from being a member of Philippine Nurses Association and Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Commissioner Alibogha is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing- Psi Beta chapter. He was President of the Association of Deans of Philippine Colleges of Nursing (ADPCN) Region 6 from 2018-2021 and a Board of Director of the National ADPCN, Inc. from 2021 -2022.

Commissioner Alibogha’s vast experiences in the academe and industry range from being a staff nurse, associate professor in the Colleges of Nursing, Law and Graduate Studies at CPU since 1992. In 2016, he was appointed associate Dean and subsequently Dean of the College of Nursing until his appointment to the LEB. His innovation in his institution was the actualization of the Virtual Laboratory and Classrooms through alumni funds. He was also instrumental in strengthening its research and outreach initiatives. His brainchild includes Transcultural Nursing and International Linkages through international research conferences and virtual exchange programs. Commissioner Alibogha has spent valuable time in conducting researches in improving public health interventions. His research interests centered on HIV/AIDS and Impact Assessment of health and environmental programs. He was recognized by the DOST-PCHRD in 1997 and 1999 for his outstanding contribution in the field of health research. He is the research and theses adviser, trainer, resource person and panelist in graduate research and has presented papers in international conferences. He has published some research works in google scholar, research gate, HERDIN, and South East Asia Journals. He has been a reviewer also for the Nurse Licensure Examination and Bar Examination in that region.

As part of his personal and professional growth and development, Commissioner Alibogha has participated in national and international conferences in the field of health, research and leadership. Among the significant ones include: Technological Competency in Caring and Nursing in Tokushima, Japan, Advanced Leadership Training in Assumption University, Thailand sponsored by the United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia (UBCHEA). He has visited several learning institutions in South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Middle East and United States of America as part of his benchmarking and linkage efforts. He is a Fellow of Royal Institute of Nurses, Lawyers and Researchers- Singapore. He is currently finishing his fellowship program for leadership development at Singapore Management University, under the United Board Fellows program of the UBCHEA.

Commissioner Alibogha is an active law practitioner prior to his appointment in the Legal Education Board. He was a community outreach worker for HIV/AIDS prevention and control program in 1997-2001, relief operations in Iloilo city and province during typhoon Frank and Yolanda. During the COVID 19 pandemic he has reached out to 37 hospitals in Western Visayas to donate personal protective equipment, disinfectants and vitamin supplementation. Through his fundraising initiative, his base hospital Iloilo Mission Hospital was a recipient of weekly grocery packs courtesy of their nursing alumni abroad. He was instrumental in strengthening the flexible learning capability of the College of Nursing in his University. Thus, in January 2022, he was awarded by the International Leaders and Achievers group as Outstanding Professor in Online Teaching and his College as Outstanding School offering online learning pedagogies through remote virtual clinical simulation/excursion.

ALEXANDER D. DUMPA

Commissioner Alexander D. Dumpa obtained his Juris Doctor degree and graduated as University Valedictorian and Magna Cum Laude from Mindanao State University – College of Law (Main Campus), Marawi City in 2022. He was also the first Magna Cum Laude of the MSU College of Law (Main Campus). He served as president of the MSU Law Student Government for almost three years, making him the first Law Student Government president with the longest administration in MSU Law history. He was a member of the MSU Legal Aid Clinic, simultaneously serving as senior writer for the MSU Law Gazette. He was also the co-founder and oralist of The Gavel Moot and Debate Circle, and he was a frater of the Mu Kappa Phi National Exclusive Law Fraternity and Sorority.

Commissioner Alex obtained his International Relations degree and graduated also as University Valedictorian and Magna Cum Laude from the same university. In 2018, he represented the country and the MSU College of Law during the 4th ASEAN Foundation Model ASEAN Meeting in Singapore where he was awarded a Diplomacy Award and their delegation, the Best Delegate Award by the ASEAN Foundation. In 2017, he represented the Philippines as an Ambassador of Goodwill to the 44th Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program which took place in Japan, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos PDR, Malaysia, and Indonesia. In 2016, he won national recognition as one of the Ten Jose Rizal Model Students of the Philippines.