“English Proficiency Course” (4 hours; for college students, K-to-12 teachers, other groups)
 “Clear, concise English for effective legal writing” (3-5 hours; for Student Councils, academic organizations, fraternities, sororities, NGOs, LGUs, any interested group)
Seminars are for Metro Manila only. For more information or to schedule a seminar, please contact Atty. Gerry T. Galacio at mobile 0927-798-3138.
- Introduction (what is good legal writing?)
- Free resources in grammar
- Classic advice on good writing
- Warren Buffett’s advice on good writing
- Avoid legalese
- Free resources from the Michigan Bar Journal
- Legal writing and oral advocacy
- Keep your text concise
- Use short sentences
- How to write clear, concise, and direct sentences
- Revising wordy sentences using the Paramedic Method
- Use the active voice, minimize the passive
- Use simple, clear sentence structures
- Asian Development Bank’s Clear Writing guidelines
- Use gender-free language
- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Principles of Style
- Avoid using and/or
- Avoid nominalization or hidden verbs
- Avoid dummy subjects and unnecessary preambles
- “Legal Writing in Plain English” by Bryan A. Garner
- Plain Language guidelines from government regulatory offices (US, Australia, New Zealand, British Columbia, Malaysia, Hong Kong)
- Using software -- StyleWriter 4, Drivel Defence, MS Word -- to improve your writing
- Typography and visual design for pleadings, motions, court and other legal documents (in relation to “Rule for the Efficient Use of Paper” A.M. No. 11-9-4-SC and “Proposed Rules on E-Filing” A.M. No. 10-3-7-SC)
(1) “Legal Writing for Non-Lawyers” for FERN-C staff; FCC Building, J. Escriva Drive, Pasig City, August 2, 2016; organized by Christopher Cardino (Treasury and Budget Manager).
(2) "Clear, concise English for effective legal writing" seminar for Baker & Mckenzie Global Services Manila editors and document analysts, July 1, 2015, Bonifacio Global City
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Are church clerks, ACE teachers, drivers, janitors, etc. considered “employees” under the Labor Code of the Philippines? (Landmark 2012 US Supreme Court ruling in Hosanna-Tabor Lutheran vs. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and its implications for Philippine churches)
Estrada vs. Escritor case: Did the Supreme Court legitimize live-in relationships in the name of freedom of religion?
Secular courts do not have jurisdiction over expulsion or excommunication of church members (Supreme Court decision in Taruc et al vs. Bishop de la Cruz et al, 2005)
Instances when secular courts can intervene in church disputes (Supreme Court ruling in Fonacier vs. Court of Appeals and Isabelo De los Reyes, Jr., 1955)
Due process must be observed in terminating church membership
Doctrine of Church Autonomy: secular courts and church disputes
Caution for pastors in solemnizing an “ecclesiastical marriage” or “marriage in the eyes of God and the church”
Life after life: medical criteria of “death,” its legal definition in the Philippines, related issues, and Biblical perspectives
Registering a local Baptist church with the SEC as a religious society or aggregate; what is a corporation sole?
Separation of church and State: Should Baptists be involved in politics, civil disobedience, the debate on reproductive health bill, etc?
Should Bible schools apply for recognition from the CHED? (2005 Texas Supreme Court ruling in Tyndale Theological Seminary vs. Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and implications for Bible schools in the Philippines)