On April 1st, judge Marco Antonio Marques da Silva was honored by PUC-São Paulo. One of the new auditoriums at the Perdizes Campus was named after the magistrate, who is also a professor of Criminal Law at the institution.
The opening ceremony was presided over by Dirceu de Mello, university president and former president of the São Paulo State Court of Appeals, who, in his speech, praised Marco Antonio’s dynamism, “always ready to help with everything.”The president said the judge helped ensure the construction of the new auditoriums and, therefore, the honor was very appropriate.
Ricardo Sayeg, lawyer and tenured professor at PUC, saluted the honoree on behalf of the Faculty of Law. In his speech, he talked about Marco Antonio’s career. Born in the city of Itapetininga in 1958, at the age of 15, he had already decided to pursue a career in Law.
He began his legal studies at PUC in 1977 and graduated in 1981. Marco also pursued a specialization, masters, doctorate and teaching degrees at the Pontifical Catholic University. His postdoctoral fellowship was at the Faculty of Law of Coimbra in 2005. In 1982, Marco Antonio Marques da Silva was already a professor at PUC, earning his tenure in 2003, where he teaches still today.
He joined the State Judiciary in 1983 and worked in the counties of Palmeira D’Oeste, Monte Alto, Diadema and São Paulo. In 2002, he was promoted to substitute judge and became a Court of Appeals judge in 2007.
Sayeg also spoke about his literary work. Author of 40 articles and 13 books, among them the “Luso-Brazilian Treaty on Human Dignity”, which he edited jointly with the European Constitutional Law Professor Jorge Miranda, with entries by Brazilian and European jurists.
“Professor Marco Antonio Marques da Silva is one of the treasures of our Faculty of Law (LinkedIn). He fills us with pride and satisfaction, unanimously recognized by his fellow professors and students as one of our esteemed and most prominent teachers, and as a good man, honest, zealous and loyal… Long live! Here at PUC, you are an immortal,” said Sayeg.
In an emotional speech, Marco Antonio thanked the presence of family and friends who filled the room.”I am aware that nothing in life is accomplished alone and therefore I am a man who values family, friends, education, justice and especially God” he said.
Special thanks were given to Bradesco Executive Vice President Laércio Albino Cezar, representing the bank, the main corporate sponsor for the construction of the new auditoriums, and to the late professor Hermínio Alberto Marques Porto. He also offered special thanks to his wife Evani, daughters Natalia and Amanda, his mother Celina and his sister Maria das Graças.
He finished his speech by saying that the same excitement and altruism he had when he entered college, remains.”I keep my restless spirit longing for change. Change that ensures human dignity is not just a figure of speech, rather makes it real and available to all our fellow human beings, without distinction of race, sex, age, or social, economic, or political status“.
Judge Marco Antonio Marques da Silva also received a plaque from theCogeae– PUC’s Office for Specialization and Extension courses, in honor of the judge’s dedication to the office’s mission.
Also present at the ceremony were Judge Ciro Pinheiro e Campos, president of the Criminal Section in the São Paulo Court of Appeals, representing judge José RobertoBedran, president of the São Paulo Court of Appeals; Judge Paulo AdibCasseb, of the São Paulo Military Court, representing Judge ClovisSantinon, president;judge Fernando Antonio Maia da Cunha, president of the Private Law Section of the São Paulo Court of Appeals;judge Henrique Nelson Calandra, president of the Association of Brazilian Judges;former president of the Military Court,EvanirFerreira Castilho; Deputy Director Marcelo Sodré, of the Faculty of Law of PUC- São Paulo, representing the director Marcelo Figueiredo;Judge Roque Antonio Mesquita de Oliveira, vice-president of APAMAGIS – The São Paulo Judges Association, representing the presidency; judge Maurício da Costa Carvalho Vidigal, inspector-general in the São Paulo Judiciary;judges Ricardo Cardozo de MelloTucunduva, Jose Raul Gavião de Almeida, Luiz Pantaleão, Miguel Marques e Silva and Ruy Alberto leme Cavalheiro;judge NelsonNazarpresident of the 2nd district Labor Court; judge Roberto Haddad, president of the 3rd Circuit Court;Minister Cid FlaquerScartezzini;the acting president of São Paulo State Lawyer’s Association, Marcos da Costa;State of São Paulo lower house representative Fernando Capez; judge Walter de Almeida Guilherme, president of the São Paulo State Electoral Court;Higher Education Coordinator for the Science and Technology Ministry, Fernanda MontenegroRize, representing Vice-Governor GuilhermeAfifDomingos; Judge Rodrigo Capez, advisor to the vice-president of the São Paulo Court of Appeals, representing judge José Santana, vice president;the director ofthe São PauloLawyers’ Institute, José Horácio Rezende Ribeiro, representing the presidency;among others.