The Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio is this year’s 46th Commencement Speaker on June 15, 2016 at the MSU-IIT Gymnasium.
Justice Carpio earned his undergraduate degree in Economics from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1970. He finished his law degree from the University of the Philippines College of Law graduating valedictorian and cum laude in 1975. He took sixth place in the 1975 Bar Examinations.
Below are the other details about SC Justice Carpio taken from the SC Philippines Official website:
In his student days, Justice Carpio was Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Philippine Law Journal of the U.P. College of Law. He was Editor-in- Chief of The Guidon, the school paper of Ateneo de Manila University. He also served as Managing Editor of the Philippine Collegian, the school paper of the University of the Philippines.
Fresh out of law school, Justice Carpio went into private practice and founded the Carpio Villaraza and Cruz Law firm. He was a Professorial Lecturer of the U.P. College of Law from 1983 until 1992 when he was appointed Chief Presidential Legal Counsel, Office of the President of the Philippines.
Justice Carpio was a member of the Board of Regents of the University of the Philippines from 1993 to 1998. He was a member of the Technology Transfer Board of the Department of Industry from 1978 to 1979. He served as Special Representative of the Department of Trade for textile negotiations from 1980 to 1981. He was elected President of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Pasay-Makati Chapter (1985-1986), Director of the U.P. Law Alumni Association (1984-1989), and Director of the Philippine Bar Association (1989-1990).
For his “distinguished and exemplary service” to the Republic, Justice Carpio was awarded in 1998 the Presidential Medal of Merit by then President Fidel Ramos. In 1991, Justice Carpio received the Outstanding Achievement Award in Law from the Ateneo de Manila Alumni Association. In 2002, he was also the recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Ateneo de Davao Alumni Association. In 2009, he was conferred a Doctorate of Laws, honoris causa, by the Ateneo de Davao University.
Justice Carpio is the Chair of the Second Division and Chair of the Senate Electoral Tribunal.