RICARDO TOSTO RAISING THE BRAZILIAN BAR STANDARDS

A commercial lawyer is an asset in any company, Ricardo Tosto brings over 22 years of practice in business law to Leite, Tosto e Barros Advogados, a company he founded. His area of specialty is credit recovery, corporate restructuring, international and electoral law, civil and commercial litigation. Ricardo Tosto is a post graduate of Universidade Presbiteriana, Mackenzie and a post graduate in Business Administration at FAAP. His membership is not only in the Brazilian Bar Association, but he has membership in the Law Firms and Partnerships Research Centre (CESA) and also holds membership in the International Bar Association.

He is committed to enhancing the Judiciary of Brazil through modernization. Ricardo Tosto position as the president of São Paulo OAB Commission for Modernization of the Judiciary gave him the much-needed platform to take his agenda forward. Further, to advance Law in Brazil, he founded the Brazilian Institute for Electoral and Party Law Research (IBEDEP).

Ricardo Tosto is one of the many Brazil lawyers, and in 2010 the country got ranked third in the list of countries having many lawyers. A large number of lawyers in the country is attributed to the many schools of law in the country, imagine one country having more laws schools than all countries in the world combined.

There are only 800 thousand lawyers in the country that have passed the Brazilian Bar Examination, but the number of students studying law is 3 million. Many do not necessarily mean better, the law courses offered in Brazil are too many, and most are redundant. The ministry of education announcement of conducting inspections in all law courses offered by Brazilian University in 2014 was a good way to set standards in the Brazilian Law.

It is the civil law of French, Italy, German, and Portuguese that the Brazilian Law gets its roots. It is based on Statutes and partly on sumula vinculate a recent standard. The supreme law of the country is the Federal Constitution that was enforced 21st October 1988 and has a rigid written form.

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