BONUS: Register by June 7, 2023 and receive a complimentary city tour.

Barcelona Spain and Georgia USA

3rd Joint Family Law Conference and Networking Exchange

October 20 – 24, 2024

10.5 CLE Hours (including 2 Trial Practice Hours)
Register before May ​15, 2024 and receive a complimentary city tour (value up to $60.00).

Join us in the beautiful city of Barcelona Spain for this joint educational and networking program for Georgia and Barcelona attorneys, hosted and sponsored by the Barcelona Bar Association, Il·lustre Col·legi de l’Advocacia de Barcelona (ICAB) and mdg Custody Litigation Consulting.

… so much we can learn from others…

Family law has become globalized, extending beyond national borders. Families are a mix of cultures, and are more transient than ever.

It follows that international custody and family law related disputes are more and more prevalent in today’s society.

The purpose of this program is to expand our knowledge by exploring the similarities and differences in how disputes are resolved in Georgia and in Barcelona, as well as cultural and strategic considerations in international family law and custody cases.

The program is designed to facilitate active engagement with our Barcelona hosts to share experiences, ideas and philosophies, and to build valuable networking relationships.

Viewing family law through a comparative lens by way of such meaningful exchanges enables us to gain a better perspective of our own laws, and to broaden our horizons with insight and ideas from other cultures.

It’s not just continuing legal education…

It’s a continuing legal experience!

Build connections with attorneys and professionals abroad.
Learn from cultural exchanges of information and ideas.
Tour one of the oldest and largest law libraries in the world.
Visit a courthouse and meet the judges.
Explore the excitement of Barcelona.
Travel to the Penedès wine country.
… and create memories of a lifetime!

Memories from 2022 and 2023

Click here for more memories from 2022.

Program Schedule

Sunday, October 20

Welcome Tapas and Wine Get Together

Monday, October 21

Enforcement Across the Pond

Cultural Nuances in International Litigation

Cutting Edge Issues from Georgia to Barcelona

Tour of ICAB Historic Library


Afternoon and Evening
Optional Tours/Activities and Free Time

Tuesday, October 22

Courthouse Visit

History of the Catalan Legal System and Structure

Lunch, Afternoon and Evening
Optional Montserrat or Other Tours/Activities and Free Time

Wednesday, October 23

Strategic Considerations and Practical Solutions in International Family Law Disputes

A Comparative View of Alternative Dispute Resolution Tools and Best Practices in International Family Law

Meet the Judges Panel Discussion

Closing Reception

Lunch, Afternoon and Evening
Optional Tours/Activities and Free Time

Thursday, October 24

Wine and Cava Experience in the Penedès

(Optional at additional cost)

Learn about wine and cava making and have a taste or two.

Enjoy a typical Catalan lunch in the countryside.

* Simultaneous interpretation will be provided.
* Applying for 10 Hours Georgia Continuing Legal Education Credits, Including 2 Trial Practice Hours


Hon. Ural Glanville, Chief Judge Fulton County
Hon. LaTisha Dear-Jackson, Chief Judge DeKalb County
Hon. Kevin M. Farmer, Judge Fulton County
Hon Alice Benton, Judge Fulton County
Steven P. Shewmaker, Esq.
Louis J. Tesser, Esq.
Donald S. Horace, Esq.
Lori Surmay, Esq.
M. Debra Gold, Esq.

ICAB Family Law Section Members (TBA)

— and more —

Main Conference Venue

Il·lustre Col·legi de l’Advocacia de Barcelona
c/ de Mallorca 283
08037 Barcelona

…and, discover Barcelona Spain.

Gaudi. History. Museums. Beaches… and more.

So many things to see.

So many things to do.

Start packing!

The Joint Family Law Conference and Networking Exchange was a huge success!

For more information and a photo gallery, click here.


If you are interested in future programs, e-mail to be placed on the mailing list for updates.

More Details on Registration Page

Early Bird Registration on or before July 15, 2024:


Register before May ​15, 2024 and receive a complimentary city tour (value up to $60.00).



Space will be limited.
Questions? E-mail


Wonderful seminar. Enjoyed learning about the Hague
Convention and about the Spanish judicial process.

Kathleen A. Coolidge
Savannah, Georgia


This was my favorite CLE! Aside from the opportunity to visit Barcelona and explore the beautiful city, we were able to meet local attorneys and learn from their experiences. The CLE was engaging and interesting.
Christa Kirk
Lawrenceville, Georgia


It was an amazing experience. Debbie Gold was so
impressive with her efforts and her passion in
making this CLE happen.

Dawn deKlerk
Douglasville, Georgia