Sea of Law: US, EU, and Canon Law

Mediterranean Sea Cruise

August 3-10, 2024

8 CLE Credit Hours (2 Ethics)

Sail the Mediterranean: Where Adventure and Tranquility Meet


Our cruise aboard the Sun Princess begins in Barcelona, then takes us to France and Italy.


August 3-10, 2024
CLEs on Sunday and Tuesday (while at sea)



SATURDAY – AUGUST 3, 2024 – Barcelona, Spain
Embarkation Day

A captivating blend of art, architecture, history, and Mediterranean charm. The city is renowned for its iconic architect Antoni Gaudí, whose masterpieces like the Sagrada Família and Park Güell define the landscape with their imaginative designs. Stroll down the vibrant La Rambla boulevard, explore the historic Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter), and indulge in Catalan cuisine at bustling markets like La Boqueria. The city’s coastline offers sandy beaches and a lively waterfront scene. From its rich cultural heritage to its modern energy, Barcelona presents a captivating destination that seamlessly marries tradition and innovation.

Barcelona - Mediterranean Cruise 2024
SUNDAY – AUGUST 4, 2024 – CLE Sessions while at sea
8:15 a.m.

Welcome and announcements

8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Ethics at the Movies - Civil Litigation (1 Ethics Credit)

Presented by: Clifford Scott-Rudnick, J.D.

We’ll watch the fascinating film “The Children Act” (2017), with its many ethical quandaries. Our expert speaker, a member of the CLE Committee for the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, will pause throughout to discuss and consider key questions from many perspectives, including the US ABA Model Rules and other standards governing lawyers and judges in Europe. In this film, High Court Judge Fiona Maye (actor, Emma Thompson) must decide whether to compel a teenage boy to undergo a life-saving blood transfusion. Or, to defer to the devout beliefs of the boy and his parents.

10:30 a.m.

15-minute break

10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Ethics at the Movies - Civil Litigation Cont’d

Presented by: Clifford Scott-Rudnick, J.D.
11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Navigating the Currents in the Sea of Dual Citizenships

Presented by: Linda G. Vega

In this session, we’ll explore the foundational strategies and challenges of transatlantic living.  Our expert speaker, regularly seen on Fox News discussing immigration law, will compare the rights and responsibilities associated with dual citizenship between the US and European countries. 

MONDAY – AUGUST 5, 2024 – Gibraltar

A unique blend of history, natural beauty, and cultural diversity. This British Overseas Territory is known for its iconic Rock of Gibraltar, providing breathtaking views of the Mediterranean and Atlantic. Explore the intricate tunnels and chambers within the rock, a testament to its strategic significance throughout history. Stroll through the charming streets, experiencing a fusion of British and Spanish influences. Encounter the famous Barbary macaques, the only wild monkeys in Europe, at the Apes’ Den. With a mix of historical sites, stunning vistas, and a welcoming atmosphere, Gibraltar is a fascinating destination for travelers.

Gibraltar - Mediterranean Cruise 2024
TUESDAY – AUGUST 6, 2024 – CLE Sessions while at sea
8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Comparing Ethics Under European Canon Law and US Law (0.5 Ethics Credit)

Presented by: Clifford Scott-Rudnick, J.D.

The two legal systems of attorney and judicial ethics have evolved in entirely different legal, historical, and cultural contexts. We’ll compare and contrast some of the key aspects between European Canon Law and US law, Including Historical Development, Scope, Enforcement, Clients, Religion, Confidentiality, Conflicts of Interest, Truthfulness, Advocacy, and Cultural Variation. While both European Canon Law and US law consider ethical responsibilities, they do so within distinct frameworks and with different priorities. European Canon Law centers on religious and moral duties, while US law primarily focuses on regulating attorneys’ professional conduct and maintaining the integrity of the legal system.

10:00 a.m.

15-minute break

10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Ethical Dilemmas in Criminal Justice: US v. Europe (0.5 Ethics Credit)

Presented by: Clifford Scott-Rudnick, J.D.

During this session we’ll screen the documentary “To Defend a Killer,” which examines the rights and ethical complexities faced by the guilty in the US criminal justice system. The film features interviews of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, defense attorney Jack Litman, and philosopher John Smith of Yale. Our expert speaker will provide a thoughtful discussion of the US ethical considerations and draw comparisons with the legal landscapes of European countries we are visiting – Spain, France and Italy. We’ll discuss variations and explore the pursuit of justice on both sides of the Atlantic.

11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Business Immigration 101: US and Europe

Presented by: Linda G. Vega

In this session we’ll explore the fundamentals of US Business Immigration and its potential for overseas expansion.  Our expert speaker will primarily present on US Business Immigration laws while providing intriguing comparisons with EU law, highlighting potential complexities.  You’ll gain introductory principles to basic business immigration concerns and overseas expansion.

WEDNESDAY – AUGUST 7, 2024 – Marseille (Provence), France

A vibrant blend of Mediterranean charm, history, and cultural diversity. As France’s second-largest city, Marseille boasts a picturesque harbor lined with colorful buildings, vibrant markets, and a bustling waterfront scene. Explore the historic Old Port area, where fishing boats and luxury yachts coexist. Discover the iconic basilica, Notre-Dame de la Garde, perched atop a hill with panoramic views of the city and sea. Immerse yourself in the bustling markets like Le Panier, where you can experience the local cuisine and artisan crafts. Marseille’s rich history, evident in its architecture and neighborhoods, is complemented by a contemporary arts scene and multicultural atmosphere. Whether it’s savoring bouillabaisse (local fish stew) or soaking in the Mediterranean ambiance, Marseille offers a captivating destination with a distinctive French twist.

Marseille - Mediterranean Cruise 2024
THURSDAY – AUGUST 8, 2024 – Genoa, Italy

A captivating mix of maritime heritage, historical richness, and Italian charm. As a bustling port city on the Ligurian coast, Genoa boasts a storied past as a maritime powerhouse and birthplace of Christopher Columbus. Explore the narrow streets of the medieval Old Town, where grand palaces and quaint alleyways intertwine. The city’s stunning architecture includes intricate churches, such as the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, and impressive palazzi that showcase its prosperous history. Genoa’s maritime tradition is celebrated at the Genoa Aquarium, one of Europe’s largest, and the Galata Maritime Museum. Indulge in local culinary delights like pesto, fresh seafood, and focaccia, all while soaking in the Mediterranean atmosphere along the waterfront. With its maritime allure, historic treasures, and delectable cuisine, Genoa invites travelers to immerse themselves in the heart of Italian culture.

Genoa - Mediterranean Cruise 2024
FRIDAY – AUGUST 9, 2024 – Florence/Pisa (La Spezia), Italy

A gateway to the stunning landscapes of the Ligurian region, including the renowned Cinque Terre. As a coastal town nestled between mountains and the sea, La Spezia serves as a convenient base for exploring the picturesque villages of Cinque Terre – Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore – known for their colorful houses and scenic hiking trails. In La Spezia itself, you can stroll along the harbor promenade, enjoy fresh seafood at local restaurants, and visit attractions like the Naval Technical Museum. The town’s proximity to both the charming Cinque Terre and the beautiful Gulf of Poets makes it an ideal starting point for exploring the natural and cultural treasures of the Ligurian coast.

Leaning Tower of Pisa - Mediterranean Cruise 2024
SATURDAY – AUGUST 10, 2024 – Rome, Italy

Visiting Rome, Italy offers a captivating blend of history, art, culture, and cuisine. As the eternal city, Rome is a treasure trove of iconic landmarks like the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Pantheon, showcasing its rich ancient history. The Vatican City, an independent enclave within Rome, houses St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, home to Michelangelo’s famous Sistine Chapel ceiling. Wandering through charming streets, visitors can stumble upon architectural wonders, picturesque piazzas, and ornate fountains like the Trevi Fountain. Rome’s culinary scene is a delight, offering authentic Italian dishes and delectable gelato. With its romantic ambiance and diverse attractions, Rome provides an unforgettable experience steeped in both past and present.

Rome - Mediterranean Cruise 2024


Clifford Scott-Rudnick featured speaker
Clifford Scott-Rudnick, J.D.

Clifford Scott-Rudnick serves on the CLE Committee for the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, and has been a lawyer in Illinois for over 40 years. He has lectured across the country, including for Trial Attorneys of America, the National Alzheimer’s Association, and the American Bankers Association.

Clifford has taught as an Assistant Professor and Adjunct Professor at The John Marshall Law School for over 30 years, focusing on professional responsibility and practice management, among other subjects.

Linda Vega Featured Speaker
Linda G. Vega

Linda Vega regularly appears on Fox News as an expert on immigration law. She practices at the Vega Law Firm and owns Legal Immigration For Everyone, which assists people with their Visas, Waivers, N-400s Citizenships, and DACAs.

Linda previously worked at the US Department of Labor in the Wage and Hour Division, and is an expert in Immigration and Labor/Employment Law. She practices nationally (50 states) and internationally, as many of the issues she addresses regard federal and international law.

Ms. Vega is also the founder of Latinos Ready To Vote!, a conservative organization that encourages Latinos to engage in their Civic Duty to Vote. In 2012, Linda Vega was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Family Practice Residency Advisory Committee. The FPRA committee makes recommendations to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board regarding the funding of family practice residency training programs.

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