Description

The Hellenic Law Society ("HLS") is a voluntary, unincorporated professional association of attorneys, law students, and non-attorneys who have an interest in the law. It is tax exempt as an organization described in Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code and Section 23701e of the California Revenue and Taxation Code. It has a number of purposes which are described in its Charter and Bylaws. In general, its purposes are to bring together persons connected with the legal profession into a professional association to advance the highest legal, professional, and ethical principles, to promote fellowship and social interaction, to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information, to support judicial candidates, to assist law students, and to establish a network for the mutual benefit of not only its members, but the community at large.

The HLS was the brainchild of Vasilios Choulos (1927-2003), who originally generated interest by hosting several group dinners and lunches of interested persons. This eventually led to a meeting at the Annunciation Cathedral in San Francisco on July 20, 1984, which was attended by approximately 100 people. There was an extensive discussion and debate about the purposes and goals of a lawyer's society. Thereafter, all the ideas were condensed by Peter Bagatelos, Esq. into a draft Charter and Bylaws, which was later revised and adopted on December 3, 1984 by the organizing committee of members. The first Board of Directors was elected on December 3, 1984. The Board elected its first officers on January 14, 1985.

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