Filipino lawyer offers free legal advice on TikTok
Roman, who holds postgraduate degrees and certificates from Columbia University, Harvard University, and the University of Cambridge, uses his extensive law experience to help Filipinos, especially the marginalized sector, get free legal advice. On his TikTok page, which currently has over 1 million followers, the lawyer provides bite-size, easy-to-understand legal advice and answers to questions and everyday issues, such as what can a person do if the mangoes from their neighbor's tree fall on to their property or if a certain curse word can be considered a crime. He began his advocacy of providing free legal advice “para hindi maabuso ang mga Pinoy (so Filipinos won't be abused).” Three months into posting his videos, Roman now has 40-million cumulative views on TikTok and 8 million on Facebook. More than 300,000 follow his Facebook page which has 11 million in reach (“reach” is the number of unique individuals viewing content). Public service runs in the family. The “TikTok Lawyer” is the son of former Bataan representatives Antonino Roman, Jr. and Herminia Roman, and the younger brother of Bataan First District Representative Geraldine B. Roman, the first openly transgender member of the Philippine Congress. He earned his bachelor’s and juris doctor degrees at the Ateneo de Manila University and his Master of Laws at Columbia Law School in New York. He has completed special courses on leadership and policy design at the Harvard Kennedy School and the University of Cambridge. Roman grew up in the Philippines but spent most of his adult life practicing law in the United States. In April 2019, the father of three girls returned to the Philippines to teach and practice law.
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