|The list of Anthony E. Kalikas' volunteer activities is long and varied:
free legal services to AIDS sufferers, pro bono help for faculty and students at two
community colleges, feeding the homeless, organizing a toy drive, opening his office to
young students interested in studying the law.
He also is active in both state and local
bar associations, serves as a moot court judge, and represents his church as volunteer
In recognition of this impressive record of public service, Kalikas was given the Jack
Berman Award last month by the California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA). The award
honors the memory of a young pro bono attorney killed in the 101 California St. massacre
in San Francisco and recognizes both service to the legal profession and the public and
dedication to issues of concern to attorneys.
A sole practitioner in San Diego, Kalikas, 34, emphasizes business litigation, personal
injury and family law. A graduate of St. John's University in Jamaica, N.Y., and the
Thomas Jefferson School of Law, he has been in practice only since 1991. The following
year, he began to offer free legal advice to AIDS victims through the San Diego County Bar
Association's volunteer program.
He also offers
pro bono services to faculty and students at Grossmont and Mesa community colleges in San
Diego County, and to indigent people facing bankruptcy. He has participated in a free
"law day at the mall" program, spearheaded a program to feed the homeless at the
San Diego Rescue Mission, and currently is organizing a toy drive for Children's Hospital
of San Diego. Called "4 Lawyers/4 Kids," it will kick off in November.
Of Greek descent, Kalikas is a longtime member of the American Hellenic Educational
Progressive Association (AHEPA), and under his leadership, the local chapter has become
the largest in the world. It raises funds for a New York orphanage, scholarships, and for
research into Cooley's Anemia, a blood disease common in persons of Mediterranean
Currently, Kalikas is working to establish a Hellenic Bar Association in San Diego,
which is expected to offer pro bono services, MCLE courses, and assistance to young
lawyers new to practice.
Said CYLA past president Constantine Buzunis, who nomiated Kalikas for the Berman
Award, "I admire and respect Anthony for the amount of time he has devoted to helping
others, especially given the fact that he is a sole practitioner and young lawyer."