Youth Movement – Hampshire County Bar’s new president aims to draw more peers to organization
October 5, 2006
Incoming Hampshire County Bar Association President Mark A. Tanner doesn’t have a firm grasp on how many attorneys practicing in the county are recent law school graduates.
But his aim is to find out.
Instilling the roughly 300-member organization with new blood is among the top three priorities of Tanner’s one-year term, which began this month. The other two, he said, are diversifying the geographic representation on the executive committee, and bolstering the Hampshire County Bar Foundation through more aggressive fundraising.
At 36, Tanner isn’t much older than the age demographic he plans to target in increasing the bar association’s membership rolls. An associate at Bacon & Wilson’s Northampton office, he first started practicing at the age of 29 after a career in restaurant management.
In addition to his juris doctorate from the University of Wyoming, he has an MBA from the University of Colorado and worked in the Bronx as an assistant district attorney. Relocating to Massachusetts, Tanner joined Morse & Saks in Northampton before it merged with Bacon & Wilson two years ago. For the past three years, he has served on the Hampshire County Bar’s executive committee.
Not a lot of Tanner’s peers, however, are active in the local bar, he said. “It’s important for there to be some representation from all demographics of lawyers on the executive committee,” he said. That, Tanner added, includes geographic diversity, as well. …
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by: Keith Griffin
Western MA Law Tribune