Standing Committees

with Chair Representation on Board of Governors (FY 2021-2022)

Award of Merit
Chair, Janette Strzalka

Award of Merit whose duty it will be to consider and review candidates for the Society’s Award of Merit.  The purpose of the Award shall be to honor an individual from the Greater Chicagoland area who has contributed to the advancement and progress of the Polish Community in Chicago in some special way or by a history of service thereto.  

Constitution and Bylaws
Chair, Hon. Michael Chmiel

Constitution and Bylaws whose duty it will be to receive, review and recommend to the General Membership amendments and changes to the Constitution and By-laws of this Society.

Finance and Budget
Chair, Ann Melichar

Finance and Budget whose duty it will be to submit at the meeting of the Board of Governors in March, a proposed budget reflecting estimated income and expenditures for the ensuing year.  The Chair of this Committee shall be the Treasurer of the Society. 

Chair, Joan Smuda

Membership whose duty it will be to seek and solicit new members and receive and process their applications for membership in accordance with Article III hereof.

Chair, Eryk Wachnik

MCLE whose duty it will be to investigate ways the Advocates Society can bring opportunities to earn Mandatory Continuing Legal Education credit to its members.

Joint Public Relations and Newsletter 
Chair, Kathy Bojczuk - email

Joint Public Relations and Newsletter whose duty it will be to publicize the activities of the Society insofar as they affect the public at large; to obtain due recognition of the efforts of this Society and its members; and establish and maintain proper and suitable relations between the public and the Bar; to edit and publish the Society’s Newsletter The Advocate.

Chair, Michael Zink

Steering: It shall be the duty of the Steering Committee to consider all matters pertaining to civic or political endorsements for elective or appointive office and to make recommendations relating thereto.

Chair, Janette Strzalka

Welfare whose duty it will be to observe and perform the usual and customary services incident to the illness, bereavement or death of a member of this Society or of his or her immediate family.

Other Active Non-Standing Committees

Ad Hoc Committee on CAM Transition
Chair, Hon. Jonathan Clark Green

Ad Hoc Committee on CAM Transition whose duty it is to coordinate the integration of operations with the new administrative support vendor Chicago Association Management (FY 2021-2022).

Amicus Poloniae Legal Clinic
Chair, Katherine Levine

Amicus Poloniae Legal Clinic whose duty it will be to support the work of the Clinic in the name of the Advocates Society in cooperation with the PNA, the Clinic coordinator, the Clinic Chairs, CVLS and other organizations, and to assist in the recruitment of attorneys to provide needed pro bono services to the Clinic.

Scholarship Committee
Chair, Allison Pawlicki

Scholarship Committee whose duty it shall be to assist, in cooperation with the independent 501(c)(3) “Advocates Society Scholarship Fund,” the solicit of donations for such scholarships and to make recommendations as to the possible recipients of such scholarships.

Chair, TBD, once in-person activities resume

House whose duty it will be to provide and make all arrangements for refreshments for the members at the Regular Monthly General Membership Meetings.

Nominating Committee
Chair, Regina Rathnau - email 

Nominating Committee whose duty it will be to present for nomination to the Board of Governors a list of individuals to be next fiscal year’s officers, for approval by the Board for presentation to the General Membership for election at the Society’s General Meeting in December. 

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