While he will be taking on a new role as dean of FEU-IL, Sta. Maria will still continue his duties on TV5, Radyo Singko and AksyonTV, where he currently serves as Luchi Cruz-Valdes' co-anchor on Relasyon.
Prior to his media career, Sta. Maria has worked at the Ateneo de Manila School of Law for 27 years. He is a bar reviewer in Civil Law and an awardee of various professorial chairs.
"He has written three important books on law: Persons and Family Relations Law, Court Procedures in Family Law Cases, and Obligations and Contracts: Text and Cases. He is often called to participate as an expert-witness in the field of Philippine Contract Law in international arbitration cases.
His academic degrees include a Master of Laws in Banking Law from the Morin Center for Banking Law Studies of Boston University’s School of Law in 1987; and a Bachelor of Laws, with honors, in 1982 and Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1978, both from the Ateneo de Manila University," the blurb on FEU's official website read.
Congratulations, Atty. Mel!