HCLA - Hellenic Canadian Lawyers' Association
Students

About Student Membership

As an HCLA Student Member, you will have the opportunity to meet and interact with lawyers, judges, educators and other members of the Hellenic-Canadian legal profession.  You will be exposed to a professional network that opens a wide variety of opportunities.  You will also have the opportunity to build relationships with fellow students and other professionals who will become your future colleagues and friends.

Annual membership is $25.00. This is a special rate offered to students and is meant to cover a small fraction of the costs associated with organizing student events and offers.   We appreciate that student budgets require you to think carefully about every expense, but we truly believe that this expense is one that is well worth it.  Programs and benefits that are available to student members include:

         (1) Justice Andromache Karakatsanis Student Scholarships (see below for details);

         (2) Μεντωρ, the HCLA’s Mentorship Program;

         (3) Resume, Cover Letter, and Interview Skills Counselling; and

         (4) Social events such as the HCLA's Annual Student and Mentorship Wine & Cheese.

Another benefit available to student members is that they can volunteer for HCLA's operational activities and take part in the HCLA's Legal Clinic where they can conduct pro bono work and legal research.  Student membership, volunteering, and participation in the HCLA can also look impressive on your resume or curriculum vitae.

By joining the HCLA, you automatically become part of a group of Hellenic professionals who provide a network of support, mentorship, advice, and opportunity.

To become a student member and to begin enjoying the benefits that this valuable organization has to offer, please either:

          Register Online by clicking on the button on the bottom left side of our “Membership” page; or

          Contact our Director of Student Affairs, Kosta Kalogiros at info@hcla.com.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Kosta.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

The HCLA and all of its programs and services are organized and administered by dedicated volunteers from across the legal profession.  Throughout the year, many opportunities exist for both law and undergraduate students to get involved.  Volunteering can be very rewarding and anyone interested in volunteering is encouraged to email an application to Elias Lyberogiannis, the HCLA's Communication Director, at elias.lyberogiannis@hcla.ca.  For further details, please Contact Us.

 

Justice Karakatsanis Student Scholarships

Background
A core mandate of the Hellenic Canadian Lawyers Association is to support Canadian law students of Greek heritage enter into and flourish in the legal profession. In pursuit of this, the HCLA annually offers scholarships to law students to provide financial assistance for their studies and recognize their achievements, both in school and in the community at large.

The first scholarships were granted in 2004. To date, 17 students have benefited from the scholarship program, with recipients hailing from law schools from across the country. Over the years, the HCLA has benefitted from generous donations from Sotos LLP and the Panagiotis Alexis family in support of this program.

In 2012, the Directors of the HCLA thought it fitting to rename the scholarship program in Justice Andromache Karakatsanis's honour.  Justice Karakatsanis’s recent appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada reminds students just how far their legal education can take them.  The HCLA is thankful to Justice Karakatsanis for allowing us to use her name to further the HCLA’s educational goals.  
 
 
Past Scholarship Recipients
2015 – Sam Presvelos and James Katsuras
2014 – Victoria Asikis and Nicholas Bourolias
2013 – Alexandra Aliferis and Peter Tzavidas
2012 – Georgette Andreopoulos and Stephanie Voudouris
2011 – Laura Achoneftos and Gloria Moore
2010 – Thomas Mastoras and Jonathan Dickins
2009 – Christina Bourikos and Peter Meitanis
2008 – Aliki Yiorgiadis and Marie Manikis
2007 – Odysseas Papadimitriou and Paul Karvanis
2006 – Stella Kyriacou and John Georgakopoulos
2005 – Francesca Smirnakis and Voula Kotoulas
2004 – Elena Balkos, Maria Mitousis and Nicholas Kotsopoulos
 

University Representatives

The table below contains a listing of HCLA Student Representatives at various law schools throughout Canada.

If you are interested in becoming a student representative at your law school, please contact our Director of Student Affairs, Kosta Kalogiros at info@hcla.com.


 

Law School Student Representative Contact Information
Osgoode Hall Law School Sam Presvelos osgoode.students@hcla.ca
University of Ottawa Sophia Moutsatsos ottawa.students@hcla.ca
University of Calgary Gloria Moore calgary.students@hcla.ca
University of British Columbia Jaime Naumis ubc.students@hcla.ca
University of Windsor James Katsuras windsor.students@hcla.ca
University of Toronto Alexandra Aliferis toronto.students@hcla.ca
University of Manitoba Agapi Mavridis manitoba.students@hcla.ca
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