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The Philadelphia Bar Association, the oldest association of lawyers in the United States, welcomes Meredith Z. Avakian-Hardaway as its new director of communications and marketing.
Avakian-Hardaway succeeds Mark Tarasiewicz, who assumed the duties of executive director on January 1, 2014.
"The 212-year-old Philadelphia Bar Association strives to foster understanding of, involvement in and access to the justice system," said Philadelphia Bar Association Executive Director Mark Tarasiewicz. "It was important for us to select a director of communications and marketing who understands our heritage as well as what it takes for us to 'raise the bar' for our members, their clients and the public."
Avakian-Hardaway joins the Philadelphia Bar Association from DuPont, where she spent nearly eight years in a variety of public relations and communications positions. Most recently, Avakian-Hardaway served as a regional public affairs manager. In this role, she led internal and external communications, including 24/7 issues and crisis communications support, for eight manufacturing plant sites in three states – Delaware, New Jersey & Rhode Island.
Avakian-Hardaway also serves as the Philadelphia Public Relations Association's vice president for external affairs and has won the organization's Fast Track Award and Dr. Jean Brodey Award. She also recently was named a "Rising Star of PR" by PR News, a "Hero" by the American Red Cross, and a "Notable Alumni" by Temple University's Department of Strategic Communications. Avakian-Hardaway also is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and has received a couple of national awards from the student chapter of the organization.
"Thousands of citizens are helped by the Philadelphia Bar Association through its mission of serving the profession and the public by promoting justice, professional excellence and respect for the rule of law," said Avakian-Hardaway. "I am honored to be a part of the team and look forward to working with some of the most talented people in Philadelphia and beyond."
The Philadelphia Bar Association, founded in 1802, is the oldest association of lawyers in the United States. The mission of the Association is to serve the profession and the public by promoting justice, professional excellence and respect for the rule of law. In so doing, the Association strives to foster understanding of, involvement in and access to the justice system.