UP Law student wins Gawad Tsanselor

33046833_2050196358582196_977719137084112896_oA graduating evening student of the College of Law has been awarded the "Gawad Tsanselor Para sa Mga Natatanging Mag-Aaral" by the University of the Philippines.

Lee Edson P. Yarcia, M.D., is one of the three outstanding students to receive the award. The award is given annually to honor exemplary members of the UP community. A search committee convenes and rigorously deliberates on the nominees to be awarded.

Yarcia entered the UP College of Law in 2013 after earning his Doctor of Medicine from the same University.

In law school, he has excelled in both his academic and extra-curricular activities, joining the Order of the Purple Feather, the Philippine Law Journal, and various moot court competitions.

Yarcia was part of the Philippine contingent to the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition that won the national rounds last January and went on to represent the country in the international rounds last March.

He is also the beneficiary of many prestigious scholarships, among them the 2015 John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Global Leadership Program Scholarship and the UP College of Law Scholarship in 2016.

Yarcia also works for NoBox, a non-government organization that advocates for a human-rights based approach for drug-related issues in the Philippines.

"This award represents unfinished work, not just for all the awardees, but for the UP community in general. There's a lot of work to be done, and that includes fighting for the rule of law," said Yarcia.

Original text by Alex Austria/Philippine Law Register. Photo credit to PLR.