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Annual Installation and Award of Merit Dinner

  • Thu, February 29, 2024
  • 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Union League Club of Chicago, 65 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60604


  • Does not include a ticket to the event.
  • Includes 2 tickets to the event.
  • Includes an ad placed in digital Installation program.

2024 Annual Installation and Award of Merit Dinner

Thursday, February 29, 2024 from 5:30 - 9:30PM
Union League Club of Chicago
65 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60604

Celebrating the Installation of Hon. Michael Chmiel as President and the new Officers.

We will also be honoring Marta Almodovar with the Award of Merit. 

Marta Almodovar was born in Bialystok and received her master in law degree from the University of Warsaw in, Poland. She began working for the Circuit Court of Cook County in 1998. She started as a court clerk in the Probate Division. In 2003 she was assigned to the Office of the Presiding Judge of the First Municipal District where she was advising Presiding Judge as to issues arising from allocation of staff, procedures, policy initiative and administrative matter. Between 2008 and 2017, she was an Administrative Supervisor for the Mandatory Arbitration Center for the Circuit Court of Cook County where she was responsible for reviewing current policies, procedures, and practices of court mandatory arbitration program in an effort to streamline administrative functions and to recommend operation enhancements. Read more


5:30 PM Reception
6:30 PM Welcome and Opening Remarks
7:00 PM Dinner
7:30 PM Installation of Officers:

Oath administered by Hon. Elizabeth M. Rochford:
Hon. Michael J. Chmiel, President

Oaths administered by Hon. Timothy C. Evans:
Hon. Thomas E. Nowinski, First Vice President
Atty. Kathy E. Bojczuk, Second Vice President  
Atty. Roman Drewniak, Third Vice President
Atty. Julia Jensen Smolka, Treasurer
Hon. Michele Gemskie, Secretary
Atty. Alon Stein, Historian  

8:00 PM

Presented by Hon. Aurelia M. Pucinski
Award of Merit to Marta Almodovar

8:30 PM Closing Remarks

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