About Us

The Advocates Society is an association of Polish-American attorneys. The purpose of the Society is to promote the welfare of its members; establish and maintain proper relationships with the general public; promote the progress of the law and the administration of justice; maintain the honor and dignity of the legal profession; and to foster interest in Polish-American culture and heritage.


Officers of the Advocates Society


Lucas Figiel, President

Jonathan Clark Green, 1st Vice President

Allison R. Pawlicki, 2nd Vice President

Catherine R. Brukalo, 3rd Vice President

Audrey Cosgrove, Secretary

Ann Melichar, Treasurer

Christina Malecki, Historian





February 24, 2020

(Hotel Allegro, 171 West Randolph Street, Chicago)

5:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception

6:00 p.m. Dinner & Program

$150 Per Person Advance Sales (thru - extendedFebruary 20)

$175 Per Person at Door (if available)

$1,350 Table of 10 (advance sales only thru - extended - February 20)

Please reserve through the "Donate" button below, referencing "Installation Dinner" in the "Comment"  section, or by mailing a check to "Advocates Society Installation c/o Lucas Figiel, 7111 West Higgins Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60656."


The Incoming President:

Jonathan Clark Green

and the 2020-2021 Executive Officers:

Audrey Cosgrove, First Vice President
Allison R. Pawlicki, Second Vice President
Christina Malecki, Third Vice President
Joanna Pawlowska, Secretary
Ann Melichar, Treasurer

Eryk Wachnik, Historian

The 2020 Award of Merit Recipient:
Congressman Mike Quigley
For more information:

Judicial Election Endorsements in Cook County:

Audrey Cosgrove

Jonathan Clark Green

Kristen Lyons

Michael Strom
Judicial Election Recommendations in Cook County:
Julie Aimen
Laura Ayala-Gonzalez
Aileen Bhandari
Hon. Lloyd Brooks
Jennifer Callahan
Hon. Cynthia Cobbs
James Crawley
Hon. James T. Derico, Jr.
Jamie Guerra Dickler
Frank DiFranco
Cristin McDonald Duffy
Hon. Patricia Fallon
Hon. Michael Forti
Jacqueline Griffin
Hon. Sheree D. Henry
Hon. Michael Hyman
Heather Kent
Hon. Kerrie Maloney Laytin
Hon. Celestia Mays
Kelly McCarthy
Suzanne McEneely
Hon. Teresa Molina
Megan Mulay
Hon. John Mulroe
Eileen O'Connor
Araceli De La Cruz
Hon. Jesse Reyes
Beth Ryan
Hon. Levander Smith
Christ Stacey
Jon Stromsta
Hon. Daniel Tiernan
Hon. Tyria B. Walton
Michael Weaver
Hon. Lynn Weaver Boyle
Judicial Election Recommendation in McHenry County:
Hon. Justin Hansen


Calendar of the Advocates Society


February 20 - Installation Dinner

March 7 - Board Meeting

March 21 - General Meeting

April 4 - Board Meeting

April 10 - Vanguard Awards

April 17 - General Meeting at Polish Highlander

(4808 S. Archer Ave., Chicago)

May 1 - Board Meeting

May 4 - Polish Constitution Day Parade

May 16 - General Meeting

July 28 - Summer Family BBQ in Inverness

August 1 - Board Meeting

September 5 - Board Meeting 

September 19 - General Meeting

October 10 (new date) - Board Meeting

October 17 - Judges Night at Polish Museum of America

(984 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago)

November 7 - Board Meeting

November 21 - General Meeting

November 21 - Scholarship Fundraiser at Galleria Marchetti

(825 West Erie Street, Chicago)

December 5 - Board Meeting

December 20 - General Meeting and Christmas Party

(Copernicus Center Annex, 5216 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago)

January 9 - Board Meeting

January 23 - General Meeting

February 6 - Board Meeting

February 15 - Amicus Poloniae Legal Clinic (with CLE starting at 9 a.m.) (new)

February 24 - Installation Dinner at Hotel Allegro (new date)

(Hotel Allegro, 171 West Randolph Street, Chicago)

Unless otherwise specified, General Membership Meetings are held at the Copernicus Center King’s Hall, 5216 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago.  Board Meetings are held at the Copernicus Center Annex.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and meetings begin at 7:00 p.m.  

Amicus Poloniae Legal Clinic are typically held on the third Saturday of each month, beginning at 10:00 a.m., at 6100 North Cicero, Chicago, Illinois.




The "Advocates Society Scholarship Foundation" is a 501(c)(3) entity that provides scholarships to law students based upon academic performance and financial need. The scholarship is awarded to deserving students each year and winners are selected by the Scholarship Committee. If you have questions, please contact Regina Rathnau at regina@rathnaulaw.com.


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Copernicus Center
5214 West Lawrence Avenue, Suite #4
Chicago, IL 60630