2014 Scholarship Ball

Saturday, November 8, 2014
Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel 
221 North Columbus Drive, Chicago

Save the date for the the HBA's premier event benefiting our scholarship program and Law Day event.  You will not want to miss an evening of fine dining, dancing, entertainment, silent auction and celebration at the 2014 Scholarship Ball.

HBA Fall Kickoff Party! 
Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 6 pm at 
Rockit Bar & Grill

On behalf of the new officers and directors of the Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois, welcome back to a new program year for our organization.  The first event of the new year will be our annual Fall Kick-Off Party, which is complimentary to members. Hors d' oeuvres and the first drink is on the HBA. Feel free to invite a potential new member.  

Career Corner

Each year the Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois  hosts Career Corner for law students and recent law school graduates of Hellenic descent. The program is designed to provide a networking forum for law student students and recent law school graduates as well as an opportunity to speak with and learn what life is like as a lawyer from attorneys in private practice, corporate counsel, government and the judiciary.

This year’s event will take place on October 9, 2014 at 6 pm at the law offices of Bryan Cave LLP, 161 N. Clark, Suite 4300, Chicago.

All law students and HBA members are welcome. Please RSVP no later than October 3, 2014. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Georgia Loukas Demeros at 312-580-2303 or via e-mail at  gdemeros@thompsoncoburn.com

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Scholarship Application

The Hellenic Bar Association is now accepting scholarship applications.Scholarships will be awarded at the 64th Annual Scholarship Ball on November 8, 2014. Submit your application onlineThe deadline to apply is October 10, 2014. Visit our website for more information or contact Efie Vainikos (Efie.Vainikos@allstate.com) or Frank Andreou (fandreou@andreou-casson.com).

Judge's Night

The Hellenic Bar Association's annual Judge's Night was SOLD OUT! this year.  On Thursday, June 5th the gods were smiling on the HBA as over 250 people packed the National Hellenic Museum Rooftop. Under the proven chairmanship of Jeffery Chrones and with the help of Co-Chairman George Canellis, Jr. guests enjoyed hors d'oeuvres, bouzouki music, the nectar of the gods and mingled in perfect weather under the backdrop of the Chicago skyline.  It was a resounding success amongst the judiciary as over 150 judges were in attendance for what has become known as the pinnacle of the judicial bar circuit.

The evening was an outstanding success and a great opportunity for HBA members to get better acquainted with the judiciary.  Check out the pictures from the evening under the Photos tab on the HBA website home page.  If you would like to purchase photos, go to www.eliosphotography.com.

This event could not have been possible without the commitment from HBA members, particularly those whose firms sponsored the event.  We thank the following for their support:


Platinum Sponsors                       


Frank Andreou, Andreou & Casson, Ltd.

Jeffery G. Chrones, Johnson & Bell, Ltd.

Georgia Demeros & Tom Skallas, Thompson Coburn,LLP

Michael Demetrio, Corboy & Demetrio

Eleni Kouimelis, Winston & Strawn, LLP

Dean T. Maragos, Maragos & Maragos, Ltd.


Silver Sponsors

Spyridon Demakis, Cunningham Meyer & Vedrine, P.C.

Marc Kallish, Freeborn & Peters, LLP

Angelo Spyratos, Momkus & McCluskey, LLC

Bronze Sponsors

Louis G. Apostol, Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board  

Tom Askounis, Askounis & Darcy P.C.

Congratulations Judge Tony!

The Hellenic Bar Association congratulates Judge Tony Kyriakopoulos for his win last night in the Democratic primary for Judge in the 10th Judicial Subcircuit.

Judge Tony's impressive record as a judge and former prosecutor resonated with the voters.

Judge Tony, his entire family and a strong group of supporters tirelessly campaigned in the months leading up to the primary.

 Congratulations to them for their hard work and support.  We look forward to Judge Tony's continued service on the bench for many years to come.

Student Peer Mentoring Program

Attention all law students and aspiring law students. The HBA is proud to announce its new Student Peer Mentoring Program, made for law students by law students.

Senior law students (2L’s, 3L’s, LLM’s, and recently graduated judicial law clerks) will be matched with incoming law students and undergraduate pre-law majors. The mentoring program will last for a year, but we hope it will create lifetime friendships and bonds.

The Student Peer Mentoring Program seeks to provide incoming law students with a smooth transition into their law school experience. The Peer Mentors are available to help incoming law students navigate their way through 1L obstacles including exam preparation, law school internships, and finding a law school and personal life balance.

The program also seeks to provide a support system for pre-law undergraduate majors in selecting a major, studying for the LSAT, and navigating through the laws school application process. Peer Mentors will also be available to provide information on law school selection.

Peer mentors and students will be assigned by the end of May. A kickoff reception will be held at the HBA Networking Event on April 24th.

To participate in the Student Peer Mentoring Program as either a mentor or a mentee, please contact Jamie Leberis at jleberis@gmail.com. High school students seeking information about  a college pre-law curriculum and attending law school in the future may also contact Jamie.  

Mentor Program

Do you want to be a mentor? Do you need a mentor? If yes, we hope that you will participate in the new HBA lawyer-to-lawyer mentoring program that we are sponsoring in partnership with the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism.

Experienced attorneys (six or more years) will be matched with newly licensed attorneys (three years or less) for a year-long mentoring program. Both mentors and mentees will receive six professional responsibility CLE credits upon successful program completion.

This lawyer mentoring program creates opportunities for experienced lawyers to guide new lawyers in developing the practical skills and judgment to practice in a highly competent manner and to instill the ethical and professional values that characterize excellent lawyers.

For more information and to apply, please visit: http://lawyermentor.ilsccp.org/hbai/


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