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


Hon. Jonathan Clark Green, President

Audrey Cosgrove1st Vice President

Allison R. Pawlicki2nd Vice President

Christina Malecki3rd Vice President

Joanna Pawlowska, Secretary

Ann Melichar, Treasurer

Eryk Wachnik, Historian



The Members of the Advocates Society and their guests will virtually meet on:

Wednesday September 22, 2021 (Zoom)

6:30pm:   Reception

7:00pm:   Meeting

7:15pm:  CLE
"The Associate Judge Election Process in Cook County Pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 39"
Led by:
Judges Diann Marsalek and
Jonathan Clark Green

To register your virtual seat, please email advocatessociety@gmail.com.



The Board of Governors of the Advocates Society will virtually meet on:

Tuesday October 5, 2021 (Zoom)

6:30pm:   Reception

7:00pm:   Meeting

(Previous Virtual Meeting was held on September 72021.)



The Newsletter of the Advocates Society is back!

Please enjoy Edition 2021 Number 7/8:

Edition 2021 Number 7/8



In an effort to educate the community about the law, the Advocates Society provides
The Advocates Speakers Bureau, through which Members of the Advocates Society make themselves available to community groups to speak about and otherwise discuss the law, including the legal system, the participants, and various topics of interest. This informal program provides a means for community groups to find lawyers in their communities who are willing to speak without a fee. Presentations can be adjusted for the group and available time.

To request a presentation, please use the following form:

Request for Speaker

To offer comments and suggestions about our program, please email:




Amicus Poloniae legal clinic begins at 9:00am virtually, or at the PNA at 6100 North Cicero, Chicago, Illinois, with reservations, until further notice. The Clinic schedule is subject to change:

September 18
October 16
November 20
December 18
January 15, 2022

Please keep checking back for more opportunities.


As we continue to navigate the course of the pandemic, with decrees from the Governor, Court, and others, we continue to work on our schedule, and invite you to keep checking back for updates.


Should you have a question about any of this, please email SpeakersBureau@gmail.com.


Be well, be safe!


Calendar of the Advocates Society


(remaining dates) 

September 22 - General Meeting

Fall - Scholarship Fundraiser

October 5 - Board Meeting

October 7 - Judges Night

November 2 - Board Meeting

November 18 - General Meeting

December 7 - Board Meeting

December 17 - General Meeting and Holiday Party

January 4, 2022 - Board Meeting

January 20, 2022 - General Meeting

February 1, 2022 - Board Meeting

Until otherwise announced, all meetings will be held virtually via Zoom, starting with a 6:30pm virtual cocktail, followed by the formal meeting at 7:00pm.

Please contact advocatessociety@gmail.com for further information.


Polish-American Advocates Scholarship Foundation


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.


Executive Officers

Constitution and Bylaws



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Advocates Society
400 E Randolph Street, Suite 2305
Chicago, IL 60601