Directors and Officers
The Society shall have not less than three (3) nor more thirty (30) directors. The exact number of directors at any time within the specified limits shall be fixed by the Board, which shall elect or appoint all directors . Board members shall be appointed from the Regular members class and, to the extent possible, the Board should reflect a cross–section of the Regular membership. The seats on the Board shall be numbered from one (1) to thirty (30) and shall be for staggered terms of three (3) years each so that roughly one–third (1/3) of the seats are voted upon annually. Terms of Directors shall commence on January 1 of the year of incorporation. The initial directors shall be those persons who served as directors of the Hellenic Law Society of Northern California, an unincorporated association, as of December 31, 2021, and such other persons appointed as directors by the incorporator. The initial directors shall be assigned randomly by the incorporator to numbered seats, which shall be divided into one, two, and three years terms initially. At the conclusion of each director‘s term, the appointment of a director to each respective seat shall thereafter be for 3 years. Directors may serve successive terms without limitation. Each director shall hold office until the end of a term or until a successor shall have been elected. The Board may accept a resignation prior to filling that vacancy with a successor. The directors shall annually select from among their number a Chairperson, who shall also serve as President.
The officers of the Society shall be a Chairperson of the Board, a President, a Vice President, a Secretary, a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) (also referred to as “Treasurer“), an assistant Chief Financial Officer (Assistant CFO), and such other officers as may be elected or appointed to offices by the Board. Officers shall have powers and duties as specified herein and as may be additionally prescribed by the Board. One person may hold two or more offices, except that the President may not also concurrently serve as secretary or treasurer, and no officer shall execute, acknowledge, or verify any instrument in more than one capacity, if such instrument is required to be executed, acknowledged, or verified by two or more officers.
The Chairman shall preside at all meetings of the Society and shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the Society.
B. The Treasurer, aided by the Assistant Treasurer, and subject to the control of the Board, shall have general supervision, direction and control of the financial accounts and records of the Society, shall have such other powers and duties as may be prescribed by the Board or by this Charter and Bylaws. The Treasurer is specifically empowered to secure appropriate insurance as is necessary to safeguard the Society, its Board of Directors, officers, and members from exposure to liability. The Treasurer shall make financial reports to the Board as requested.
Past & Present Chairpersons
|Vasilios B. Choulos*||1985 – 1986|
|Peter C. Lagarias||1987 – 1989|
|E. John “Ted” Kleines*||1990 – 1990|
|Peter A. Bagatelos||1991 – 1993|
|Basil Plastiras||1994 – 1995|
|George C. Spanos||1996 – 1998|
|George G. Benetatos||1997 – 1999|
|Roberta Economidis||2000 – 2002|
|Zach Georgopoulos||2003 – 2003|
|Aspasia Papavassiliou||2004 – 2006|
|George V. Choulos||2007 – 2008|
|Marileni “Mia” Mattis||2009 – 2011|
|Adamont “Monty” Georgeson||2012 – 2015|
|George G Benetatos||2015 – 2019|
|Peter C. Lagarias||2020 – present|
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