High Swartz LLP partner Eric B. Smith became immediate past president of the Montgomery Bar Association after a year of successfully achieving goals linked to diversity initiatives, fiscal responsibility, and social media outreach for the Association and its members. Mary C. Pugh, the executive director of the Montgomery County Child Advocacy Project, now serves as the 2018 president of the Association, according to a submitted press release.
“I enjoyed a successful year of leadership at the Montgomery Bar Association, said Smith. “It was a privilege to lead the state’s premier bar association, and over the course of the year, I had such a rewarding experience serving an association with a rich history and engaged membership. I look forward to being involved this year as immediate past president.”
During Smith’s tenure as president, the Association completed a decennial review of its progress on diversity and strategized for the future. Under Smith’s leadership, the Association implemented a reorganization of the Diversity Committee, the creation of a Diversity Oversight Panel, and the development of the Davenport Diversity Award. The Association also broadened the pool of applicants to the 1L Diversity Program. Smith implemented recommendations to welcome diversity in all of its forms, from diversity in the traditional sense, to incorporating diversity of practice, and geographic areas not traditionally active in the Association.
In addition to his diversity efforts, Smith dedicated a portion of his agenda to maintaining the Association’s fiscal responsibility through stewardship of membership dues, implementation of policies that encourage operational efficiency and strategy to generate non-due revenues. In an era of rising health care and other benefits, Smith viewed such policies as critical to maintaining the Association’s mission.
Broadening the Association’s use of all forms of social media, and encouragement of members to also share that information, also served as part of Smith’s agenda. The Association engages in good work for the citizens of Montgomery County and advancement of access to justice. Social media increases public awareness of the Association’s mission and also encourages active engagement from the younger members of the Association.
As a continuing project of countywide importance, as Association president, Smith, together with the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, assisted in the development of a joint association-court committee to interface with Montgomery County in the design and construction of the county’s new justice center.
Together with the Council of Past Presidents, Smith welcomed Josh Shapiro, Pennsylvania Attorney General and former Chair of the Montgomery County Commissioners, as an honorary member. He also joined in the celebration of the thirtieth year of the Montgomery Bar Foundation by honoring its founder Stephen G. Yusem.
At High Swartz, Smith continues his suburban Philadelphia centered practice in the areas of commercial, real estate and municipal litigation.
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