In April of this year the Pontifical Catholic University bestowed an honor upon Judge Marco Antonio Marques da Silva. The University’s Perdizes campus named one of its new auditoriums after the Judge. Dirceu de Mello the University President conducted the opening ceremony and in the introductory speech he lauded Marco Antonio Marques da Silva for his dynamic leadership in helping to ensure that the new building was completed. He further praised the PUC alumnus stating that he was “always ready to help with everything.”
Tenured PUC professor of law Ricardo Sayeg spoke at the ceremony on behalf of the Faculty of Law, outlining Marco Antonio’s distinguished career. Born in 1958 in the city of Itapetininga he had decided on the study of law by age 15. He attended law school at PUC and graduated in 1981. In addition he obtained masters and doctorate degrees. He became a professor of Law at PUC in 1982 and obtained tenure in 2003. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Faculty of Law of Coimbra in 2005.
Marco Antonio Marques da Silva joined the judiciary in 1983 in the counties of Palmeira D’Oeste, Monte Alto, Diadema and San Paulo. In 2002 he became a substitute judge and was named to the Court of Appeals in 2007.
Professor Sayeg outlined the magistrate’s publications including 40 articles, and 13 books, including the “Luso-Brazillian Treaty on Human Dignity.” He lauded the Judge for his contributions to PUC.
Judge Marco Antonio Marques da Silva’s acceptance speech was emotional and sincere. He expressed gratitude to family and friends. Especially his wife, his daughters and his mother. He stated that “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.” The Judge also expressed appreciation to the Bradesco Bank for its corporate construction sponsorship and to the late professor Hermino Alberto Marques Porto. The Magistrate ended his speech stating that the same enthusiasm for the altruistic spirit that he had as a young student remains today.