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 — and 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.