#3 - 13 Dec 2018
Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association

HAL International Legal Conference and Chapter Orations make for engaging and successful year

Dear Colleagues
On behalf of the Committee of the Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association, I wish all members and their families a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for 2019.
I also express my thanks to the Committee members of HAL, Patrons, all other members and their families for their efforts and support during the year.
It has been a very busy year for HAL, having hosted high level Orations in each of the eight Chapters around Australia.
Of course, in addition, HAL hosted a very successful International Legal Conference in Rhodes in July 2018, as well as other educational events.
The Committee is excited to be hosting from 5-10 July 2020, a second International Legal Conference in Rhodes, Greece.  Please save the date.  Preparations are well advanced for the 2020 Conference, with registrations opening in May 2019.
Thanks should also be extended to the mentors and mentees who participated in the 2018 HAL Mentoring Program.  The benefits to both mentors and mentees from participation in the program have been considerable.
Finally, I thank all in anticipation of your further support in 2019.  
Have a safe and restful festive season.
Best Regards
Manuel (Mal) Varitimos CBE QC
President, Hellenic Australian Lawyers Association
13 December, 2018



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Rhodes HAL International Legal Conference 2018
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