The HLA sponsors several Continuing Legal Education seminars throughout the year which are available at reduced rates for members. In addition, we host a weekly program devoted to legal topics on radio RadioNEO.us, the only Greek American information and entertainment network with 24/7 live broadcasts in English and Greek on the internet.
The organization sponsors or participates in various events throughout the year, beginning in January with the Traditional Cutting of the Vasilopita at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, followed by the HLA Kick Off Party. We participate in the Greek Independence Day Parade on Fifth Avenue in New York City. Each May we honor distinguished members of the judiciary at the HLA Judiciary Night.
Our year culminates with the annual HLA Dinner Gala in November, at which we honor a prominent attorney of Hellenic descent and also present the Attorney of the Year Award. Past honorees have included Congressman John P. Sarbanes, Third Congressional District, Maryland (2010); George S. Canellos, Regional Director, Securities and Exchange Commission, New York Regional Office (2009); the Honorable Michael A. Chagares, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit (2008); and the Honorable Kenneth M. Karas, U.S. District Judge, Southern District of New York (2007). Previous recipients of the Attorney of the Year Award have included George A. Stamboulides, Managing Partner, Baker Hostetler, LLP (2010); John C. Stratakis, Managing Partner, Poles Tublin, Stratakis & Gonzales, LLP (2009); George A. Tsougarakis, Partner, Hughes Hubbard and Reed (2008); and Nicholas Papain, Partner, Sullivan, Papain, Block, McGrath & Cannavo (2007). The highlight of the event is the presentation of thousands of dollars in scholarships to law students studying at New York area law schools.
The HLA is proud to support and to co-sponsor events with other Hellenic professional organizations, including the Hellenic American Bankers Association, The Hellenic Medical Society of New York and The Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce.