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2024 Destination CLE Trip to Southern Spain

The Section’s 2024 destination CLE trip is a 10-day tour of Southern Spain. We depart on May 25 and return on June 4, and the itinerary includes Madrid, Sevilla, Marbella, and Granada. Details will be available soon about the CLE program on using mobile technology.

The trip includes:
– Accommodation at beautiful downtown hotels
– Breakfasts at the hotels
– Train transportation between cities
– Free Wi-Fi

Optional Items (Inquire for costs)
– Local transfers (arrival and departures)
– Private tours
– Extra nights (Madrid and Granada)
– Higher room categories

RESERVATIONS:  Starting From $
5,751 EU Double Occupancy / $5,551 EU Single Occupancy. For more information, please contact travel agent Lionel Moolchan, Lorraine Travel, 305-446-4433 ext. 3100, 10 AM to 5:30 PM EST,

Special thanks to David C. Prather, Esq. of Smith, Ball, Báez & Prather, expert in catastrophic injuries and wrongful death involving auto accidents, commercial truck accidents, and negligent security, for his sponsorship of the Section’s Destination Events, including the 2024 Destination trip to Southern Spain.

The Destination CLE, Enhance Your Practice With Mobile Technology, will be held on May 27 from 9 AM–1 PM at the Hyatt Centric Gran Via Madrid (patio). The course number will be provided when participants register. 4 CLE; 4 Technology credits.

9–11:30 AM Segment One

“Using Technology to Efficiently Run Your Practice from Anywhere,” by Liz McCausland, Liz McCausland P.A., Orlando and Legal Tech Consultant, Law Tech Partners.

Today’s legal technology has given lawyers the ability to work from anywhere. Firms are now able to gain a competitive edge and improve legal services to their clients without being in the room. Technology and remote work also have opened the doors to hiring and training staff that is not “in our backyard.”  In this presentation, Liz McCausland, attorney and legal tech consultant, will explore opportunities for today’s lawyers to deliver service and value to their practice, clients, and cases while working remotely.

11:30 AM–12:10 PM Coffee & Tapas Break

12:10–1 PM Segment Two

“Cybersecurity: Best Practices When Hiring a Technology Company,” by Jason Alderman of The Alderman Law Firm, Miami Shores.

Jason Alderman will provide an in-depth review of cybersecurity best practices and considerations when evaluating and hiring technology consultants and companies for your law firm.  He will discuss technology security controls and steps to protect your practice and clients from intrusion.

Madrid:  Saturday, May 25–Tuesday, May 28. Madrid, Spain, strikes a balance between constant, almost chaotic motion and uncompromising leisure. Madrilenos, as Madrid’s residents are called, seem to always be on the go, except when they’re taking long breaks to eat, drink and enjoy life. The competing urges to move or sit for hours are cleverly reconciled in the Madrid institution known as ir de tapas, which entails leisurely hopping from one tapas bar to the next.

As a visitor to Madrid, you’ll invariably be drawn into the city’s stream of movement as you rush to see one more art collection, taste Castilian, Basque or Galician dishes at neighborhood restaurants, or buy tickets for an evening performance. But take a cue from Madrilenos and incorporate some quiet time into your hectic schedule: People-watch at a terrace cafe, study the mystical quality in El Greco’s paintings, savor the subtle hint of saffron in a dish, and appreciate the mournful beauty of flamenco. Take a deep breath, then move on to the next stop.

Hyatt Centric Gran Via Madrid1 King Bed. Bienvenido to Hyatt Centric Gran Via Madrid, your launchpad for exploring the vibrant Spanish capital. Our upscale hotel is located in the heart of the action, steps from top restaurants and bars, shopping, museums, monuments, and more. After dropping your bags, head outside and hit Gran Vía, our bustling “Spanish Broadway,” for a spot of retail therapy. When you’ve worked up an appetite, head to the Mercado de San Miguel for a drink with locals or sample spicy pimientos de Padrón. Ask our friendly team and we’ll share our favorite spots for delicious pinchos and authentic local art.

Benefits at this hotel require a two-night minimum length of stay.

  • $100 USD Food & Beverage Credit
  • Room Upgrade
  • Breakfast for Two
  • Early Check-In
  • Free Wi-Fi

Seville:  Tuesday, May 28–Thursday, May 30. Exploring the labyrinthine old city of Seville, Spain, might give you a clue as to how Sevillanos in the 1500s developed the skills to become masters of global navigation. Even with today’s GPS apps, finding your way through the maze of narrow winding streets can pose a challenge. But you’ll know it’s worth the effort when you glimpse a plant-filled patio with a trickling fountain or stumble upon a lovely plaza alive with people enjoying drinks and tapas.

Seville offers plenty to see and do. First, there are the adapted Moorish gems and the Gothic and baroque trophies erected during the centuries when the city was a dominant commercial hub. Then there are the sights maintained from the two international fairs hosted in the 20th century when Seville reclaimed its place on the world stage. And if you’re lucky enough to witness a Semana Santa procession, or see Sevillanos decked out in their flamenco finery at the Feria de Abril, or catch a whiff of orange blossoms and jasmine, then you’ll truly understand what it means to be in the capital of Andalusia.

Radisson Collection Hotel, Magdalena Plaza SevillaSuperior Room. Located in the buzzing city center, on the elegant Plaza de la Magdalena, you’re within minutes from many of Seville’s iconic attractions, such as the Santa Maria Magdalena Church, Plaza Nueva’s luxury shopping area, and the Museum of Fine Arts. After a day of cultural exploration, take advantage of this strategic location to dive into the vibrant social scene and try memorable local cuisine. Enjoy elegant Andalusian touches throughout the hotel, and modern amenities, including free Wi-Fi and TVs with mirror casting.

  • Full Breakfast for each guest daily in Basque
  • $100 Food and Beverage credit per room, per stay

The following amenities are subject to availability at the time of check-in/departure:  Upgrade, early check-in, late check-out

Marbella:  Thursday, May 30–Sunday, June 2. Marbella is the premier resort town on the Costa del Sol, and perhaps in all of Spain. The exclusive prime real estate of the Golden Mile, the fashionable Puerto Banus marina and the sprawling developments of condos and golf courses in the Nueva Andalucia area are the basis for its bling-bling brand. The special Marbella way of life includes trendy beach clubs with champagne-spraying partiers, liquid nitrogen cocktails at upscale bars, Michelin-starred cuisine and a 24-hour golf club. Yet in the midst of all the glitz is the Old Town—the original Marbella—a quaint, laid-back and whitewashed Andalusian village where you can enjoy simple pleasures such as the scent of orange blossoms or the taste of fresh-grilled sardines at a beachside bar.

Hotel Don Pepe Gran Melia – Classic Mountain View Room 1 King. This upscale beachfront hotel is 1.7 km from the 16th-century Casa del Corregidor, and 6 km from the marina and shops of Puerto Banús. Luxe rooms have marble bathrooms, and mountain or sea views, plus free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Upgraded rooms have balconies; 1- and 2-bedroom suites add living rooms. There’s an upscale Basque restaurant and a sushi eatery, plus a trendy oyster bar and a whiskey lounge. A breakfast buffet (fee) is served on a terrace. Other amenities include 2 outdoor pools, an indoor pool and a gym, plus a business center, 12 meeting rooms and tennis courts. A spa provides a sauna, whirlpool tubs and massages.

Granada:  Sunday, June 2–Tuesday, June 4. The biggest attraction is no doubt the Alhambra, which consistently draws more visitors than any other sight in Spain. Because Muslim rule lasted the longest in Granada—roughly 250 years longer than in Cordoba and Seville—the city has the widest-ranging inventory of medieval Moorish structures on the Iberian Peninsula. Likewise, the Christian conquest in 1492 sparked a building boom as the new monarchs put their stamp on the city. As impressive as its monuments are, modern-day Granada in no way languishes in the past. In restaurant terraces and tapas bars, fun-loving Granadinos mingle with a steady stream of tourists from all over the world and a local and international student population of 60,000. Traveling less than an hour in any direction will take you to lovely mountain or coastal scenery where, depending on the season, you can ski, snowboard, hike, cycle, kayak or swim. 

Hotel Palacio De Santa Paula Autograph Collection – Deluxe King Room. Breakfast included. The Palacio de Santa Paula Autograph Collection is located in the historic center of Granada near the Albaicín and Sacro Monte areas, the Cathedral and the Royal Chapel, the historical Gardens of the Triumph, the Archeological museum, and, of course, the Alhambra. The beautiful hotel, one of the best five star hotels in Granada, is a 75-room restored masterpiece that was also declared an artistic and historic monument. It replaced the Santa Paula Convent and the Casa Morisca, which existed in the XVI and XII centuries respectively. Guest benefits also include complimentary Wi-Fi daily, early check-in/late check-out, based on availability, VIP status granted.