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





January 23, 2020

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

6:30 p.m. Gathering

7:00 p.m. Meeting

7:30-8:30 p.m. MCLE Program

"The Basics of preparing and Effective Appeal" presented by Paul Peldyak."

Please RSVP to




February 6, 2020

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

6:30 p.m. gathering

7:00 p.m. meeting

Please RSVP to



February 24 - Installation Dinner at Hotel Allegro

(Hotel Allegro, 171 West Randolph Street, Chicago)

$150 in advance thru February 17, 2020

$175 at the door

Please reserve through the "Donate" button below, typing your name(s) into the note section, or by mailing a check to "Advocates Society Installation c/o Lucas Figiel, 7111 West Higgins Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60656."



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 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