Why Become a Member?
The HCLA is a unique organization where members meet and interact with lawyers, judges, educators, articling and law students, and other members of the legal profession across Canada who are of Hellenic descent.
As an HCLA member, you will enjoy the following benefits:
- A listing on the HCLA's Lawyer Referral Network, a directory of participating members who may be referred by the HCLA or other members to prospective clients;
- Access to the HCLA's LinkedIn Group;
- The opportunity to participate in Μεντωρ, the HCLA's Mentorship Program, as a mentor or mentee (see below for details);
- Invitations to a number of networking and social events held throughout the year, including:
- Galas hosted in conjunction with other organizations such as the Hippocrates Hellenic Canadian Medical Association, the Asclepius Dental Society, and the Hellenic Canadian Board of Trade;
- The Annual Student and Mentorship Wine & Cheese hosted with the Hellenic law students from various universities;
- The President's Dinner honouring the Hellenic Calls to the Ontario Bar and the recipients of the Justice Karakatsanis Student Scholarships;
- The Annual General Meeting and Guest Speaker Presentation;
- Membership Appreciation Nights held throughout the year;
- Educational seminars; and
- A subscription to the Legalese, the HCLA’s quarterly publication.
The various events held by the HCLA serve as great networking opportunities to exchange ideas, opinions, knowledge, and expertise with other members and to develop personal and professional relationships. For students, the HCLA serves as a valuable forum to meet practicing members who can provide advice and assistance in regards to a career in the legal profession.
Μεντωρ - the HCLA's Mentorship Program
The HCLA’s mentorship program aims to facilitate interaction between experienced lawyers and junior lawyers and law students. One of the objectives of the program is to have more experienced individuals provide guidance and advice to those who are newer to the legal community. Another objective is to help members of all experience levels grow their networks and develop relationships within the community.
Information about the program and an application form can be found here. For further details, please contact Chrissy Giannoulias (HCLA Student Director) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that even though the Mentorship Program runs on a calendar year basis, the HCLA accepts applications from members and arranges for mentorship pairings at any time during the year. If you are interested, we encourage you to apply any time.