By Erika Cohn
Meet Us Halfway
If this were the Belmont Stakes, we'd be at the 3/4 mile mark. Like American Pharoah this past weekend, Madrid is getting better and better as the race goes on.
Last week's highlight was a visit to the Madrid office of Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira, one of Spain's leading law firms. We heard from two of the firm's partners about their corporate and litigation work and also about their burgeoning international arbitration practice which was recently recognized among the top 30 in the world by the Global Arbitration Review.
The students asked thoughtful questions about the demands of an international practice, including the need to adapt when working in different parts of the world with different legal customs, traditions and expectations. We also took a tour of the impressive office space that concluded on the top floor deck offering great views of the city. The visit was an exceptional opportunity for the students -- all looking fabulous in their professional attire, by the way -- to hear a firsthand account of the work lawyers do on an international scale.
With the weekend came more opportunities to get out and explore Spain. Several students went to Barcelona where they celebrated Barça's Champions League victory with the locals on Saturday night. Others were off to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains to visit the Alhambra in Granada. I found my way to Segovia, where the Alcazar, cathedral, and Roman aqueduct provided for spectacular scenery.
Now it's back to class. This week, we're looking forward to our visit to the Constitutional Court with Professor Borrajo-Iniesta. Stay tuned to see what else our final 3/4 of a mile has in store!