OPEN LETTER OF THE PRESIDENT
The most awaited dates of the year arrive. On the days when lawyers celebrate the Festivity of our patron, Sant Raimon de Penyafort.
It is a well-rooted tradition, which serves to remind us of our origins as an institution with a long history and prestige, close to our members, open and participatory; but that, at the same time, invites us to look to the future. A future in which we are already working to consolidate ourselves as a Law Bar that acts in a responsible and committed way, with a vocation of service and involved in the day to day life of Catalan society, we cannot remain apart from what is happening to us around. ICAB is the home of all the Bar members, where you will find support and representation to develop your profession, but we must also know how to get closer to the citizens, become an accessible, prepared Bar and, above all, useful in the task that corresponds to guarantee the defence of the right of defence. Lawyers and citizens have common goals and we cannot ignore, in any way, that society is the recipient of our services.
Precisely, the social character of our institution will be evident during this couple of weeks, from February 12 to 24, when we will again open our doors as a meeting place, hosting a whole series of activities thanks to the involvement, the participation and the generous collaboration of ICAB lawyers.
And it has been, once again, thinking of all of you that a varied offer has been designed, which I am pleased to highlight the thirty round tables, conferences and sessions that will take place on February 20, 21 and 22. They will be top-level and highly topical training workshops on different legal issues that are an excellent opportunity to catch up.
The Sant Raimon de Penyafort program presents other novelties while maintaining the obligatory appointments and most traditional, culminating with a Gala Dinner which, this year, will recover the pleasure of sit-down dinner, sharing conversations and exchanging impressions peacefully.
I hope you like it and be able to count, as always, with your participation!
Mª Eugènia Gay, President of the Il·lustre Col·legi de l’Advocacia de Barcelona (ICAB)