Hellenic Legal Assistance Services


Hellenic Bar Association pro bono clinic

Hel.LAS is a pro bono clinic, which was created to address the needs of low-income members of the Greek community of Chicago. This clinic meets on a monthly basis (the second Saturday of every month) to provide Greek Americans in the Chicago-land area with access to legal information, referrals and potential representation in a linguistically and culturally sensitive environment. To date, we have provided advice and counsel in domestic relations, immigration, contract review, wills, power of attorneys, landlord-tenant issues, and bankruptcy matters. In the short time since Hel.LAS has opened its doors, it has been able to provide counsel and service at least 90 individuals.

Hel.LAS is promoted and served by the HBA, and housed at Hellenic Foundation- 6251 W Touhy Ave, Chicago, IL 60646. Additionally, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services provides Hel.LAS volunteers with substantial resources and malpractice insurance. Hel.LAS is recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization, by the IRS as of August 2016.

Hel.LAS owes much of its success to its wonderful volunteer attorneys, who offer their time and provide services to those seeking help. Hel.LAS is made up of approximately 40 volunteer attorneys, who are enthusiastic and eager to help their community. When potential clients make appointments with Hel.LAS, the Hel.LAS Board of Directors work diligently to connect a client with a volunteer attorney. From the volunteer attorney’s perspective, Hel.LAS offers Greek attorneys the ability to give back to a community that has given us so much, and to use their professional skills to help the less fortunate. Additionally, Hel.LAS volunteer attorneys are offered seminars and Continuing Legal Education opportunities, to expand their knowledge in various practice areas.

Those seeking appointments with Hel.LAS can call (773) 631-5222. Attorneys seeking volunteer opportunities with Hel.LAS may contact Program Chair Eleni Katsoulis at eaposto2@gmail.com

Please check out our recent interview with Hellenic Heartbeat: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=iXPZargE00c

For more details regarding our project, see WindyCity Greek's article about Hel.LAS: http://www.windycitygreek.com/hel-las-hellenic-legal-assistance-services/

For appointments, please call: (773) 631-0883  

HELLAS Awarded Grant by the Hellenic Foundation!

The Hellenic Foundation is dedicated to funding projects and programs focused on the Greek American and Orthodox community of the Chicagoland area.  In 2016, the Hellenic Foundation  began awarding grants to support programs, projects and organizations supporting the needs of our community. 

HelLAS was recently awarded a grant of $21,500 by the Hellenic Foundation! This generous grant has allowed HelLAS to staff its clinic with an Administrative Coordinator, who connects potential clients with volunteer attorneys. Additionally, the grant has allowed HelLAS to expand its marketing efforts, which has resulted in the clinic taking on more clients each month, and for potential new volunteer attorneys to learn about us. With the help of the Hellenic Foundation, HelLAS will continue to grow and provide counsel and possible representation to the Greek community of the Chicagoland area.

For more information about the Hellenic Foundation and its programs, click here: http://www.hellenicfoundation.org/

HelLAS Celebrates 1 Year of helping Community!

On Saturday May 13, HelLAS celebrated its 1 Year anniversary. In the year since HelLAS has opened its doors, we have helped nearly 90 Greek and Greek-American families with various legal issues. At the celebration, we honored distinguished members of our group- bestowing the HelLAS Leadership Award to Peter Valessares, Hellenic Foundation Executive Director, and HelLAS Attorney Volunteer of the Year to Maria Trakas. Additionally, we launched our new website, which can be found here: 

https://hel-las.squarespace.com