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Seven New York attorneys will head to Havana next month to explore its legal system and experience Cuban culture as part of the “Cuba With Colleagues” program sponsored by the Suffolk Academy of Law and arranged through “WorldGuest,” a Havana Study Program organization. Trip highlights will include meeting with members of Cuba’s legal system as well as tourist activities. Tours of Old Havana and its oldest cigar factory, “La Corona,” are planned, as well as an evening at the Tropicana Club and at the Ballet Nacional de Cuba. “The point is to get to know another culture and another system,” said Kirkland Grant, one of the trip’s organizers. The trip comes after Congress’s vote in July to lift many restrictions on traveling to Cuba. About 135,000 Americans visited the Caribbean nation last year. Travelers will leave from Montego Bay, Jamaica, and touch down in Havana, Cuba, on Oct. 19 and remain there until Oct. 26. The trip costs $2,300 per person as well as airfare to Montego Bay. Some continuing legal education credit will be given. With more attorneys expected to sign up, participants include Grant, Barry Smolowitz, Paul Lamb, Kenneth Jacoppi, George and Marjorie Zuckerman, and Barbara Weltsek. MEETING WITH JURISTS Plans call for a meeting with representatives from the Cuban Jurists Union, a Lawyers Collective, the Ministry of Justice and the Attorney General’s office. Also planned is a visit to the Havana Law School and the Provincial Legal Center in Pinar del Rio, a court where Cuban citizens determine justice. Grant and attorney Barry M. Smolowitz hope to teach a class based on the experience. Smolowitz, the immediate past dean of the Suffolk Academy of Law, is a co-organizer of the trip. Grant is a law professor at Touro Law Center who teaches contracts and business and corporate law. Another highlight is possible attendance at a session of the Continental Conference, which brings together members of the American Association of Jurists and the Congress of International Association of Democratic Lawyers. Members of both groups hail from various Latin American countries.

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