For all the philhellenes in the legal community, the Hellenic Lawyers Society of Georgia has launched.
Membership is open to Greek lawyers, lawyers with Greek spouses and law students and paralegals of Greek descent. Lawyers and legal professionals who are philhellenes—that is, Greek-friendly—are also welcome.
"We're a very friendly group of people," said Michael Lambros, one of the organizers, along with his wife, Susan Lambros. They practice civil litigation at the Lambros Firm.
About 50 people turned out for the Hellenic Lawyers Society's kickoff meeting Aug. 28 at the Atlanta Lawyers Club, which Lambros said was to gauge interest. "We've gotten an overwhelming response. We're looking forward to it growing," he said. He anticipates attracting about 100 members.
Lambros hatched the idea after learning of similar groups in New York and Chicago. "I thought, what a great idea, with Atlanta becoming the great international city it has become," he said.
The other organizers are Madeline Krontiras Bader of McCalla Raymer and her husband, Noah Bader, a lawyer with R. Jeffrey Field & Associates.
The Greek consul to Atlanta, Vassilios Gouloussis, who practiced law in Greece earlier in his career, attended the kickoff and will be a member, Lambros said. So did Pete Skandalakis, the district attorney for the Coweta Judicial Circuit, and Michael Carlson, a Cobb County prosecutor and co-author of Carlson on Evidence. Carlson is not Greek but his wife is, Lambros said.
He said two judges of Greek descent, Johnny Panos of DeKalb County State Court and John Dalis, a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge for the Southern District of Georgia, are also joining.
Lambros is an Atlanta native, but all of his grandparents emigrated from Greece. They started in the restaurant business, but his father, Nick Lambros, became a lawyer and then a Fulton State Court judge, serving from 1977 to 1992. The elder Lambros, who died in 2002, is believed to be the first state court judge of Hellenic descent in Georgia.
The next meeting of the Hellenic Lawyers' Society will be Jan. 1, 2014, to celebrate New Year's the Greek way. It will mark the day, also known as St. Basil's Day, by cutting the vasilopita, a holiday bread with a coin baked inside, to bring good luck for the new year.
Contact Susan Lambros at email@example.com for more information.
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