Hellenic Legal Assistance Services
Hel.LAS Pro Bono Legal Clinic
Hel.LAS is a pro bono clinic, which was created to address the needs of low-income members of the Greek community of Chicago. This clinic meets on a monthly basis (the second Saturday of every month) to provide Greek Americans in the Chicago-land area with access to legal information, referrals and potential representation in a linguistically and culturally sensitive environment. To date, we have provided advice and counsel in domestic relations, immigration, estate planning, contracts and bankruptcy matters to nearly 140 families in the Greek community of Chicago. Additionally, we have approximately 60 volunteer attorneys committed to providing legal assistance to members of our community. Our goal is to promote Hel.LAS to the Greek American community, to ensure that everyone in need has legal representation, while growing our volunteer base.
At its inception, Hel.LAS’ Board knew that there was a need for legal assistance for low income members of the Greek-American community. However, we have learned through our clinics that the need is larger than we anticipated. Each month, our clinic appointments are filled, and often there is a waitlist. We have also identified the need for pro bono services in other areas of Chicagoland, ...read more