The Jagiellonian Law Society (JLS) is a voluntary legal association comprised of a diverse group of professionals (lawyers, judges, law faculty & students, and paralegals) who are interested in, or have roots in Polish and Central/Eastern European cultures. Membership in the JLS is open to any legal professional who shares our interests and goals.
Our members are committed to fostering understanding and respect between different countries, cultures, institutions, and legal systems, to eliminating bias and enhancing tolerance in United States, Poland and around the world. We would like to deepen the understanding of Polish and Central/Eastern European cultures and history in the United States and to strenghten ties between legal professionals in the US, Poland and Eastern/Central Europe. We are nonsectarian and nonpartisan.
From its founding in 1983, the JLS has also sought to promote and enrich the professional, cultural, educational and social interests of our members, to give back to the community and to celebrate Polish and Central European cultures.
As an organization with many bicultural and bilingual members, the JLS strives to advance the rule of law and to protect human rights for all people. We affirm the dignity of every individual and stand against prejudice and stereotyping of any group through promoting the rule of law, open access to courts, international co-operation, and fair, independent and equitable legal institutions.
We aim to become a go-to forum for issues of legal importance for the American, Polish, Polish-American, and other Eastern European legal communities in the United States and Poland.
Through pro bono work, educational programs, scholarships, and social activities, we engage our members from throughout the entire legal community in the US or Poland. We cooperate with various legal and professional organizations to further our goals. We sponsor CLE events, lectures, fundraisers, and social gatherings and offer scholarships to those in need. We provide referral services to our members and our community.