The Amicus Poloniae Volunteer Free Legal Clinic celebrated its 25th Anniversary with a room full of attorneys, judges and guests who celebrated a quarter century of service to Chicagoland's Polish American community and more. PNA President Frank Spula greeted all with words of thanks to the many volunteers that have made Amicus Poloniae a true success.
Chicago Volunteer Legal Service Foundation Deputy Director Phillip J. Mohr praised Amicus Poloniae and the PNA for its excellent job and the partnership existing between both organizations since the first day the legal clinic started operations in the fall of 1990. Mr. Mohr said that out of the 25 legal clinic that are part of the CVLS family, Amicus Poloniae has in the last four years handled more than twice as many cases as the next busiest clinic. He also added that over the many years and thousands of people Amicus Poloniae volunteer attorneys and staff have helped, CVLS had never had problems with our legal clinic. The CVLS Foundation generously provides coverage for all the cases taken on by Amicus Poloniae attorneys.
Attending the event were the Honorable James Pieczonka, Anthony Kyriakopoulos and James Shapiro (retired), judges of the Cook County Circuit Court who were impressed by the dedication of the many attorneys and volunteers of Amicus Poloniae. 45th Ward Alderman John Arena read a City of Chicago resolution recognizing the work of the clinic. Illinois State Senator John Mulroe, himself a volunteer attorney for the clinic, commented about his good experiences. Illinois State Representative Robert Martwick was there and prepared a Illinois House Resolution, along with a resolution from the Illinois State Senate from Mr. Mulroe. Karolina Zaczek was representing Congressman Mike Quigley who entered into the House Record a statement of Amicus Poloniae's excellent service.
Co-chairs of the clinic Attorney Robert Groszek and Alexander Fiedotjew offered their praise and gratitude. Mr. Fiedotjew and Attorney Zygmunt 'Ziggy' Sokolnicki were given an award of recognition for being and continuing their service to the clinic for some 20+ years. Volunteers Stanley Domaradzki, Ursula Matelski and Elizabeth Purol were awarded for their many years of service. Mr. Spula also recognized Mark Dobrzycki for his dedication to the clinic's work. Attorney Steve Raminiak, vice-president of the CVLS Board, said that the work of Amicus Poloniae was truly amazing and is a great example for other attorneys and legal clinics.