I paid a lawyer in Warsaw to do some work for me,
Did you pay cash or bank transfer? If cash did you get a receipt?
(you need a paper trail)
Does a lawyer have an obligation to respond in a timely way to a client?
Did you sign an agreement with her to be your lawyer?
If she took the money and run, what options do I have? Police or Bar Association?
You can sue her of course but you'll need to have some evidence to do so.
The real question in this case is, is it worth it?
Have you a copy of the documents she was supposed to lodge? look for a reference number, this will make checking if she lodged the docs or not a lot easier.
It'll cost you to have another lawyer check if there is a court decision or if they were ever lodged in the first place.
As this is an important matter for you, it will cost you to lodge them if they haven't already been done, I advise focusing on getting whatever it was you need done and then worrying about suing.
there was a society of men among us, bred up from their youth in the art of proving, by words multiplied for the purpose, that white is black, and black is white, according as they are paid.
To this society all the rest of the people are slaves.
For example, if my neighbor has a mind to my cow, he has a lawyer to prove that he ought to have my cow from me.
I must then hire another to defend my right, it being against all rules of law that any man should be allowed to speak for himself.
Now, in this case, I, who am the right owner, lie under two great disadvantages: first, my lawyer, being practised almost from his cradle in defending falsehood, is quite out of his element when he would be an advocate for justice, which is an unnatural office he always attempts with great awkwardness, if not with ill-will.