Christmas Party, December 15 at Reverie! 

Our Christmas Party on December 15th is quickly approaching!Please RSVP to Pam Visvardis at pvisvar2@gmail.com and join us at Reverie, located at 414 North Orleans, to celebrate together, and to donate a toy for a very worthy cause as we support "Toys for Tots" this holiday season.

Also, we have two silent auction items from our recent Scholarship Ball that are on SALE and the starting bids have been reduced. These items are an amazing value and would make terrific Christmas gifts! 

1.  Escape the winter cold to a Caribbean paradise, with a trip for two to St. John's!  Enjoy air fare for two (2) people aboard American Airlines and five nights/six days at the Westin St. John Resort in the Virgin Islands. Winner is responsible for transportation to/from the airport as well as any hotel incidental charges, including resort fees. Travel valid one year from auction date. Air travel does not accrue frequent flyer mileage and is based on T class availability.  Estimated value:  $6,000, Starting bid:  REDUCED TO $2,400!

2.  Conjure up warm thoughts of Summer and plan a Golf Outing!  A threesome golf outing at The Dunes Club located in New Buffalo, Michigan. This is a private, invite-only course. Date to be agreed upon. Estimated value: $1,000, Starting bid: REDUCED TO $320!

Please go to www.bidpal.net/hbaball2014 and place your bids online.  Bidding begins today and will remain open on the site until 10pm on December 15th.  You will be notified via email if you are the winning bidder on December 16th.  Thank you for supporting the HBA!


Happy Holidays!

Modern Greek Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
On Friday December 5th, 2014, the Hellenic Studies Support Network is hosting its first benefit to support the Modern Greek Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The event will be held at the “Cultural Center of the Hellenic Community of Greater Chicago’’ (5941 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60646) and will start at 6:00 pm.

It is up to the Greek-American and Philhellene community to help support this program so that it not only maintain its level of operation but to also become a self-sustaining department within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Let's all come together, show our support, and help this program become a reflection not only of what Hellenism is, but more importantly, how much Hellenism means to us.

The suggested donation is $100, $250, $500, and "other amount" made payable directly to the University of Illinois/Modern Greek Studies Foundation.

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The HBA is pleased to announce Brian P. Liston, M.B.A., J.D. of Liston & Tsantilis, P.C. in Chicago as the 2014 HBA Lawyer of the Year.  Brian will be honored at our annual Scholarship Ball on November 8th at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel.

Brian specializes in eminent domain and property tax litigation.  His firm has been a member of the National Association for Industrial and Office Properties and the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors receiving Awards for Excellence, and recognizing him for exemplary legal work related to Incentives and Land Use projects throughout the Midwest.  His colleagues in the Leading Lawyers Network ranked Liston & Tsantilis as the #1 firm in the State of Illinois in 2011, 2012 & 2013 in Land Use law.  Recently, Liston & Tsantilis was recognized by the Wall Street Journal (2014) as one of the Top 25 Land Use Firms in America.  Brian previously served as an Assistant Attorney General to the Illinois Department of Transportation and as Deputy Counsel for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, and is also the author of the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) chapter on Eminent Domain.

Brian has been married for 21 years to his wife Kiki Liston.  They are blessed with four children - Kathryn, Patricia, Sophia and Jimmy, and he is involved in numerous activities within the community.  Congratulations, Brian!


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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