New Phila. Bar Executive Director Prepares for Challenges
As for the issue of revenue, Tarasiewicz said he recognized that there is hardly an organization in the country that isn't grappling with income difficulties. "It's one of the top items on my list," he said. "I can say that quite honestly, I'm absolutely convinced that the bar association has a bright future and will be around for a long, long time and will continue to grow and prosper."
A method to help ensure that prosperity, Tarasiewicz noted, is through forging partnerships with like-minded groups.
"We have a partnership with the Philadelphia Association of Paralegals, where people who join one [group] get a slight discount to the other," Tarasiewicz said. "We have a natural synergy with them, and it's a formula that breeds success for both organizations."
Tarasiewicz mentioned that he would also continue to support the association's efforts to promote diversity and inclusion within the ranks of the legal profession.
"Although we've made some progress, there is much more work to be done in this critical area," Tarasiewicz said. "Our Office of Diversity will continue to serve as a key resource to law firms, legal departments and law schools, as well as other legal organizations and outside entities, that have or seek to develop diversity and inclusion programs," he said.
According to Tarasiewicz, the Office of Diversity is a "tremendous resource" for groups seeking to meet their inclusion goals, and the push for increasing diversity in the legal profession is currently being spearheaded by Director of Diversity Naomi McLaurin.
Lastly, Tarasiewicz said that as executive director, he would continue to uphold the bar association's tradition of pro bono work.
"Philadelphia lawyers are the gold standard when it comes to pro bono service. Our reputation and legacy of pro bono representation on behalf of those who need, but cannot afford, legal help has made us national leaders in pro bono work," he said. "I'm proud that we have continued to maintain such a strong commitment to support the public interest community."
In that regard, Tarasiewicz said that most recently the Philadelphia bar and many representatives of its delivery of legal services committee are working on the issue of civil Gideon to discuss the implementation or possibility of providing legal representation to individuals in the civil matters the same way that representation is extended to indigent defendants in criminal cases.
Overall, Tarasiewicz said he was very enthusiastic about assuming his new role within the organization.