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Polish American Legal Clinic Report

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The Second Annual Polish American Legal Clinic Another Great Success The Second Annual Polish American Legal Clinic organized by the Jagiellonian Law Society and Philadelphia Legal Assistance was held on Sunday, April 30, 2006. The event was sponsored by Philadelphia VIP Volunteer Legal Services and Polish American Social Services. PASS" Polish American Social Services was also available to meet with those in need of social services assistance. This year’s honorary guest was Consul Wojciech Lukasiewicz of the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York.

The legal clinic took place at the Polish Eagles Sports Club, 3157 East Thompson Street in Philadelphia’s Port Richmond section where
Polish immigrants gathered for free legal consultations in the Polish language in the areas of immigration law, employment law, real estate and business transactions, family law, bankruptcy and personal injury.

The Attorneys participating included: Anna Paciorek, Esq., Nationalities Service Center, George R Szymanski, Esq., Law Offices of
George Szymanski, Yolanda K. Konopacka DeSipio, Esq., Curtin & Heefner, LLP, Harry Levin, Esq., Law Offices of Harry Levin, Marian A. Kornilowicz, Esq., Cohen, Seglias, Pallas, Greenhall & Furman, PC, Michael Cibik, Esq., Cibik & Cataldo, P.C. and Emilia Golanska, Esq. Equal Justice Works Fellow, Philadelphia Legal Assistance. The participants’ commitment to assist the Polish American community, willingness to volunteer their time and desire to help this great cause is commendable and sincerely appreciated.

The organizers want to thank the wonderful non-legal volunteers who selflessly devoted their Sunday to assist the community. They were: Anna Broz, Janina Golanska, Izabela Marszalek, Monika Aneta Karbowska, Kasia Karbowska, Alicja Plonska, Monika Karbowska, Ania Scroger, Joanna Urbaniak i Kasia Padykula.

Furthermore, the organizers extend their deepest gratitude to the President of the Polish Eagles Sports Club, Janusz Grabowski for
offering the hall free of charge for the second year in a row. We deeply thank Barbara Ilnicka from the Polish American Radio for
promoting the legal clinic on the daily radio program and Marzena Grinberg from Super Express News and Walentyna Adamczyk from Radio Zblizenia for advertising the event as well. We also thank Michael Blichasz, President of the Polish American Congress, Eastern
Pennsylvania District, and "PASS" Polish American Social Services, for promoting this event on the radio and on the Internet. Richard Klimek represented Polish American Social Services.

All participants and attendees enjoyed a unique blend of authentic Polish pastries and coffee, courtesy of: Krakus Market, Piast
International Delicatessen, Yolanda K. Konopacka DeSipio, Esq., Curtin & Heefner, LLP, Polish American Travel Service, Polka Deli and Super Delicatessen.