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Jozef Maynard Borja Erece

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Jozef Maynard Borja Erece
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BornJozef Maynard Borja Erece
Auckland, New Zealand
🏳️ NationalityAustralian, Filipino, New Zealander
Other namesJozef
🏫 EducationMaster of Corporate Law (candidate), University of Cambridge, UK** Master of Laws with High Distinction, Australian National University**CORe-Business, Harvard University, *Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice with High Distinction 2015, Queensland University of Technology* Bachelor of Laws, University of Southern Queensland
🎓 Alma materUniversity of Cambridge
💼 Occupation
Commercial Litigator and Dispute Resolution Solicitor and Consultant in Australia
👔 EmployerCorney and Lind Lawyers
Known forThe youngest ever law graduate in Australian history and the youngest ever solicitor in the Southern Hemisphere
WorksSyzygy, M3
🏡 Home townQueensland, Australia
👴 👵 Parent(s)Dr. Maynard Victor Erece, hc, Dr. Josephine Ana Soberano Borja-Erece, MD
FamilyMiss Maynah Josephine Lourellen Borja Erece (sister)
🏅 AwardsCongressional Commenation and Congratulations from the Philippine Congress

Jozef Maynard Borja Erece (October 29, 1996 -) is a Filipino- New Zealand-Australian genius, law prodigy and commercial litigator, arguably the youngest person in the world to be admitted to the legal profession and the youngest law graduate in the history of Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines.[1]He graduated from the University of Southern Queensland with a Bachelor of Laws in 2015 and in the same year, completed a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Queensland University of Technology. Jozef was admitted to the roll of barristers and solicitors by the Supreme Court of Queensland on the 7th September, 2015 in a much publicised admission ceremony held at the Brisbane City Hall. He was eighteen years old at the time.

The modern day renaissance man[edit]

Jozef Maynard Borja Erece is described as a genius, a polymath, a child prodigy, profoundly gifted and extremely talented. His achievements have been documented globally and his journey well documented by media. The scope of his gifts and talents have been the subject to many scientific, educational, social and academic research by Gifted and Talented education experts, psychologists, neurologists and child development experts.

Jozef's unique case was presented by his father, Dr. Maynard Victor Erece,hc, at the 22nd Biennial World Council for Gifted and Talented Children's Conference in Sydney, Australia on July, 2017 in an open conference peer review to Gifted and Talented experts from around the world titled: "The Making of a Modern Day Renaissance Man- the unique case of Jozef Erece".The presentation discussed the challenges in an originally extreme case of gifted and talented and the need to go wider, deeper and faster in his academic, sporting, musical and leadership path as he socially navigated through mainstream education. The highlight of the presentation mentioned how teachers, schools, the community, the government agencies and his parents needed to collaborate in order to ensure that his unique gifts are properly developed into different talents. Jozef's many achievements include, a published book author at eight years old, a third degree martial arts black belt from the Kukkiwon World Tae kwon do Headquarters at thirteen years old, a concert level violinist, a chess prodigy, a semi-professional basketball player at fifteen years old and academic acceleration by four years while maintaining social, emotional and spiritual balance.

Talent or Genius?[edit]

The Psychology Centre in Hamilton, New Zealand tested Jozef's IQ using the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children III (WISC III) at seven years old to guide his academic plan. His verbal IQ scale was off the charts and his full scale IQ score (FSIQ) was officially recorded to be at the ceiling of the standard IQ scores. He was also tested using the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test II (WIAT II). The results indicated performance and achievement at very superior level against same age children. He was also evaluated against same grade level children to account for academic acceleration and the results were found to be similar. Educational psychologists and lead educators concluded that Jozef is profoundly gifted with an IQ beyond the 160 limit.

An academic juggernaut[edit]

Jozef mastered shape sorting at six months old by pointing where shapes would fit into the puzzle. He was talking in full sentences at eight months old and was completing number puzzles at two years old. He taught himself to read and write and was phonetically reading his mother's, (Dr. Josephine ana Borja-Erece) medical books at three years old. Before entering kindergarten, his reading level was already tested at twelve years old. He was offered to skip primary school and jump to secondary school at eight and was offered to take Latin courses at Harvard University and Mathematics courses at Oxford University at ten years old. As a family, it was decided that it would be best for Jozef to stay socially immersed with his New Zealand cohort and take papers on-line by way of Stanford University's Education Program for Gifted Youth. He was an academic and music scholar, graduated class valedictorian, completed all requirements for mainstream secondary education at fourteen years old and was offered a place at the Waikato University School of Law, New Zealand. This would make him the youngest law entrant and university student in New Zealand's history. Plans were afoot to create a month long documentary about this historical journey with a major television station. Family circumstances eventually led him to matriculate to the University of Southern Queensland, Australia where he completed a Bachelor of Laws in three years at eighteen years old.[2]During that same year, he completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Studies (summa cum laude equivalent) from the Queensland University of Technology that conferred him all the rights and privileges to practice as a solicitor in Australia. Since then, he completed a Master of Laws with High Distinction (summa cum laude equivalent) from the Australian National University in ten months, a Credential of Readiness in Business Analytics, Economics for Managers and Financial Accounting from Harvard University in three months and most recently the Master of Corporate Law from Cambridge University (magna cum laude equivalent) in nine months. Jozef is an associate editor for the Cambridge Law Review, the longest established university journal in the United Kingdom.

A highly recruited basketball talent[edit]

Standing at 186 cm, Jozef was a highly recruited basketball point guard. He was the team captain for the champion St. Johns College Blue in Hamilton, New Zealand. Under the guidance of the late Melvin Young, Oceania representative to FIBA, he went on to play for the New Zealand regional age group teams. He was voted in the Mythical Selection team for the New Zealand Junior Secondary Championships held in Rotorua, New Zealand in 2013. He also captained the Waikato U15 rep teams and played in the U-15 Filipino team for Hamilton. In his final year in New Zealand, he led the St. John's Senior Blue Team to the Regional Pool Championships. Jozef moved to Australia at fifteen years old and represented Ipswich City in the U-18 age group tournaments and played in the Greater Brisbane League's top men's division against professional athletes. He was invited to join the Nike All Australian team to tour the United States but declined due to study commitments. He trained but did not play due to scheduling constraints with the famed Philippine Junior national team which placed second in the Asian Junior Basketball championships. A highly recruited athlete, he was invited for "walk on" trials with attached academic scholarships by various USNCAA Division I universities. Athletic scholarships were offered by coaches and agents from Manila based universities to play for the UAAP and the Philippine NCAA. A gifted athlete, Jozef holds the current Acceleration Australia record for no step vertical jump for fifteen year old athletes (all sports) that still holds today.

Third degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do[edit]

Jozef started martial arts training at five years old in Tokoroa, New Zealand under Instructor Kevin Pye. He was awarded his black belt at eight years old by New Zealand Olympic coach, 8th Dan Black belt Grand Master Jin Kuen Oh from the Kukkiwon World Tae Kwon Do Federation in South Korea and and was the youngest member of the New Zealand Demonstration team for olympic tae kwon do. At fourteen years old, he became the youngest New Zealand tae kwon do instructor by teaching adult classes at Sejong Tae Kwon do based at Waikato University in Hamilton, New Zealand. He competed in numerous full contact age group events since he was six years old and placed second in the regional championships in 2002 held at Taneatua, New Zealand. Jozef trained with the New Zealand Olympic tae kwon do team under Grand Master Oh and Master Kesi O'Neill until was awarded a third degree black belt in July 2010.

Book Author[edit]

Jozef published his first fantasy short novel, The Grand Powers, at eight years old. It was sold through a local Cambridge bookstore and was made available for circulation at the New Zealand Public Library system for general circulation. Since then, Jozef has written various pieces including Syzygy and One, Starlight Legacies. The five star rated books are available for purchase in Amazon and Kindle.

Concert level violinist[edit]

Jozef started learning the violin at six years old with Mrs. Sue Dobree from Cambridge, New Zealand. He participated in various Youth symphony orchestras as a violinist. He entered secondary school as an academic and a music scholar at St. Johns College and played for the combined secondary schools symphony orchestra. A gifted musician, he made his first musical composition at six years old as an addendum to the song "Twinkle. twinkle Little star" for his sister's (Maynah Borja Erece) first birthday claiming that the song was incomplete. He went through formal music training and testing through Trinity College, London. Today, Jozef continues to play music through church based ministry.

Check mate[edit]

Jozef was the top player in the St. Johns Chess team that played in the North Island Championships held in St. Paul's College, Hamilton in 2011. The youngest player at board one, he competed and won against nationally ranked senior chess players in the country while playing in his sophomore year.

Commercial litigator and Dispute resolution expert[edit]

Jozef is a Brisbane based senior lawyer specialising in commercial litigation and dispute resolution. Like his academic resume, he continues to add impressive legal experience in advising, representing, instructing clients and appearing before the Supreme Court of Queensland, the Court of Appeals and Magistrates courts.

Congressional commendation[edit]

The Republic of the Philippines House of Representatives during their sixteenth congress filed House Resolution number 2072 resolved to give Jozef a congressional commendation and congratulations for graduating law at 18 in Australia.This was passed on May 6, 2014 by the House of Representatives, Quezon City, Philippines.[3]During the filing of the resolution, comments were floated that by virtue of the scope and scale of his gifts and talents, he may arguably be the "the most prodigious modern day Filipino child prodigy."

Make it two[edit]

Gifted and talented runs in the Erece family as Jozef's sister, Maynah Josephine Lourellen Borja Erece is also gifted and uniquely talented. An academic scholar, writer, martial artist, ballerina, contemporary dance choreographer, stage producer and twice exceptional advocate, she presented her case with her mother, Dr. Josephine Ana Borja- Erece, MD, to the 2019 World Conference for Gifted and Talented Children held Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee in an open peer review to global educational experts present.

Media Library[edit]

Third Degree Black Belt Taekwondo Grading at 13 years old

Semi- professional basketball at 15.

The Youngest Lawyer in the Southern Hemisphere- Channel 9 News

Violin and Flute Performance at the Brisbane City Hall



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