One voice. One legal profession. One reality. With these momentous words, we want to introduce this year the festivity of our patron, Saint Raimon de Penyafort, which will take place from January 30th to February 16th. Through its celebration we would like to claim unity and commitment in defending a fairer and more equal society.
The celebration of the Formal Session, where we pay tribute to the lawyers celebrating 50 years of membership, is without any doubt the most important and emotional moment of this festivity. Traditionally, since 1886, the Barcelona Bar Association has organized this event to distinguish the work and professional career of these colleagues, whose exercise of the profession contributed to strengthen the right of defence as a fundamental pillar of our society.
In the course of the Formal Session, this corporation will deliver medals to lawyers, personalities and entities of the civil society to recognize their outstanding personal trajectory, professional practice, and social activism.
This year will be delivered the “Degà Roda i Ventura” Memorial award, as well as the “Felip Portabella” award and the “Ferrer Eguizábal” award; which is on this occasion is dedicated to the jurisprudential treatment of sexual harassment in the workplace from a gender perspective.
We will host the ‘Trobades de Barcelona – Jacques Henry Memorial’, of the “European Bars Federation”, where international representatives of the legal profession have come together in Barcelona since 1984 and which, in this edition, will be focusing on “Gender Equality”.
In this year’s training sessions, we would like to highlight a wide variety of conferences related to the new legal issues, hosted by experts of the highest level, offering an excellent opportunity to update your knowledge.
The main focus of the festivity of Saint Raimon de Penyafort are the leisure activities; we will have the expected performance of the Coral and a Solidarity concert to benefit the “Fundació degà Ignasi de Gispert”, which will count on the participation of different lawyers’ musical groups. We will also have the pleasure to enjoy the theatre play -performed by the theatre company of ICAB-, the Diverticab, the show for the little ones, and the Solidarity Market, an event where the generosity contributes to a fairer world.
The highlight of the festivity will be the Gala Dinner, transferred to a privileged environment such as Montjuïc, while maintaining the table format recovered last year. The objective is to promote conversation and networking between friends of profession in a festive mood.
It would be a pleasure having the opportunity to count on your participation in the new edition of the festivity of Saint Raimon de Penyafort, a moment of meeting and celebration of the legal profession in Barcelona. The Governing Board has organized it with much eagerness!
Mª Eugènia Gay, president of the Barcelona Bar Association (ICAB)