Receiving any award gives a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction. However, the journey does not start at the podium or the gala. It is often a journey riddled with highs and lows that only the determined people can endure. It is no exception for Marco Antonio Marques da Silva, a judge of the Brazilian Court of Appeals.
He decided to pursue law at a tender age of fifteen. Since then he has never looked back and has received recognition from different quarters. Among the most recent honors was by PUC-São Paulo. Besides, a new auditorium at Perdizes Campus was named after him. The hall was opened in a ceremony presided over by the University President and former President of the São Paulo State Court of Appeals, Dirceu de Mello. He said that Marco Antonio played a crucial role in the construction of the auditorium.
The ceremony was attended by prominent people in the legal and scholarly spheres. Those who spoke during the event hailed Marco Antonio as a distinguished judge and professor. According to Ricardo Sayeg, lawyer and a fellow professor at PUC spoke about his publications which include forty articles and thirteen books. The literary work has received input and recognition from local and global legal minds.
On his part, Marco Antonio Marques da Silva thanked his family, friends, and colleagues for the immense support through the years. He said that his commitment to promoting human justice is still unbroken.
Marco Antonio has been teaching Criminal Law at the institution for over three decades. He was born in Itapetininga City in 1958. He attended PUC for his legal studies from 1977 to 1981. Marco Antonio Marques da Silva stayed on to teach law at the institution, where he earned his tenure in 2003. He also attended Faculty of Law of Coimbra for his post-doctoral fellowship.
He joined the Brazilian State judiciary in 1983, where he rose through the ranks to his current position. Marco Antonio Marques da Silva has worked in other cities including Diadema, Palmeira D’Oeste, and Monte Alto. He became a substitute judge in 2002 before being promoted to the current position as a Judge of the Court of Appeals in Sao Paolo in 2007.