History

The HLS has been operated continuously since its inception. It has held many events, including dinners, cocktail parties, educational functions, weekend retreats, social functions, and so forth. HLS events have been well-attended, not only by its dues-paying members, but also by many other friends and supporters in the community. Some highlights of our events have included the following:

1. Weekend retreat at St. Nicholas Ranch, at which Kimon Friar (one of the most well-known translators of Nikos Kazantzakis and other Greek writers) addressed our group;

2. Dinner and lecture by John Keker, Esq. (one of our members), about his experiences in prosecuting Oliver North;

3. Dinner and lecture by Roxani Gillespie, Esq. (former California Insurance Commissioner) regarding her experiences in office;

4. Dinner honoring and presentation by Vasilios Kokkinos, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Greece;

5. Dinner and presentation by representatives of Greece and of the Commission of the European Communities about the European Economic Community;

6. Dinner honoring and presentation by Judge Constantine N. Kakouris, member of the International Court of Justice of the European community;

7. Tour of the California State Capitol and presentation by Senator David Roberti and Senator Nicholas Petris;

8. Dinners honoring and presentations by the Consul General of Greece;

9. Dinner and presentation by John Farmakidis, Director of the National Bank of Paris in charge of world corporate business in North and South America, speaking on Greece from a European perspective;

10. Two Napa Valley retreats, at which Professor Rabchevsky from Stanford University made a presentation about the ancient Greek Olympics and San Francisco Municipal Court Judge George Choppelas discussed procedures for dealing with the courts;

11. Social events at the Paul Mason Winery in Los Gatos, California, at which major entertainers were enjoyed;

12. A number of annual Christmas Dinners at the Mandarin Hotel in San Francisco, California, at which varying types of entertainment have been offered, including opera diva Ann Panagulias, as well as Greek bouzouki music

13. Presentation by Arianna Huffington, internationally prominent political commentator; and

14. A variety of other events, including cocktail parties, an Oakland A’s baseball game, lectures, and social and educational events.

Athenian Award
The Society also has a very prestigious award, called the Athenian Award. This award is given to persons in the community who exemplify and personify the best of the ancient Athenian ideals in our contemporary society. See "Athenian Award" for a list of past recipients.

MCLE Provider
The HLS has been designated by the California State Bar as a provider of Minimum Continuing Legal Education ("MCLE") programs in the State of California. The attorneys are required to pursue certain continuing education requirements as a condition of their licensure in California. The HLS provides a forum for the presentation of lectures on a multitude of legal topics of interest to the legal community and helps satisfy the continuing minimum legal education requirements. This is a valuable service that helps accomplish the purposes of the HLS.

MCLE Provider
The HLS publishes an annual directory of its dues-paying members. Click here to download. This directory includes a statement of HLS principles, our Charter and Bylaws, a list of past chairpersons, a list of directors and officers for the current period, a directory of members, including honorary, regular, and associate members, and indexes by occupation and areas of practice, and by geography. A copy of our membership application and dues statement is contained on the last two pages in the directory.

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