Philippine Affiliation: De La Salle University, Manila
U.S. Affiliation: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Atty. Justin D.J. Sucgang has been with the Philippine Government starting 2013. As one of the youngest appointees of former Pres. Benigno S. C. Aquino III, he was the concurrent Commissioner and Officer-in-Charge of the Legal Education Board (LEB), the government body that regulates law schools all over the country. While primarily concerned with the agency’s day-to-day operations and law school inspections, Justin introduced innovative policies that will genuinely reform Philippine legal education system based on scientific studies; some of which were subsequently implemented by the LEB. After passing the 2014 Bar Examination and ending his term in the LEB, he joined the Office of the President of the Philippines (OP) in May 2015, to pursue policy work as Technical Assistant. He handled matters concerning public infrastructure, economic development, government-owned or -controlled corporations, and national security. After serving two Philippine Presidents, Justin left the OP as Director III.
He is also a part-time faculty member of the De La Salle University (DLSU) College of Law (COL) and Commercial Law Department under the DLSU Ramon V. del Rosario, Sr. College of Business, where he taught Transportation and Public Utilities Law, Negotiable Instruments Law, Law on Advertising, Business Law I (Obligations, Contracts and Sales), and Business Law II (Partnership, Corporation, and Agency).
Atty. Sucgang earned his Juris Doctor degree from DLSU COL, graduating salutatorian of its Primus Batch in 2014. He is the pioneer awardee of Sen. Jose “Ka Pepe” Diokno Leadership Award and Consistent Scholar Award of the said law school, and the first recipient of its Justice Ameurfina Melencio-Herrera Scholarship. He likewise obtained his Bachelor of Arts major in Psychology degree from the same university, where he graduated magna cum laude and batch valedictorian of its College of Liberal Arts, in 2009. For being a consistent 1st Honors Dean’s Lister throughout his entire stay, he was inducted as a member of the Jose Rizal Honors Society.
For his academic and public service accomplishments while studying law, he was awarded in 2014 as one of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines in Malacañang, Manila.
Aside from teaching and government service, Atty. Sucgang has been involved in research, especially relating to education. He has served as research assistant in various undertakings; and has even initiated a research study for DLSU COL on the best practices in legal education. After being hired as a part-time Lecturer, he became a research associate in one of the Australian Aid-commissioned studies under the DLSU Social Development Research Center, intended to develop a framework for a national and centralized scholarship.
Areas of Interests
His interests and advocacies are the following: legal education reform, family law, administrative law, transportation and infrastructure, personality and industrial psychology, Sikolohiyang Pilipino, and the interplay thereof.
Atty. Sucgang is also active in several legal outreach activities and mentoring various start-up companies, as well as in the development and service for DLSU alumni.