Mark Harrison, a partner in the Phoenix law firm of Osborn Maledon, recently was elected to the State Bar Board of Governors for a three-year term. Harrison long has been involved in the State Bar and previously served as President of the State Bar in 1975-76. During his presidency, he worked with members of the media to improve lawyer-media relations, planning seminars with national speakers that examined conflicting values between the media and the law; proposed a rule to establish a separate Commission for discipline cases in order to remove politics from the disciplinary process; and proposed a rule to add public members to the Board of Governors. Both rules were adopted by the Arizona Supreme Court.
Harrison’s practice focuses on legal and judicial ethics and professional liability, and he frequently serves as an expert witness in these areas of the law. He has served as President of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers; the Association of Professional Liability Lawyers; in the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association for 22 years; as President of Planned Parenthood Arizona and as the first Board President of Teach for America -Phoenix. He also formerly was president of the Maricopa County Bar Association and of the State Bar of Arizona.
Harrison has received numerous state and national awards for his professional and public service, including the Charles W. Kettlewell Legal Ethics Advisory Award from the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, 2013; the Chief Justice’s Distinguished Service Award, 2014; and the Teach for America Emeritus Board Inductee Award, 2018.
Most recently, he joined the national board of Equal Justice Works, working with attorneys from both the public and private sector committed to assuring equal access to the legal system for all.
Harrison is a 1960 graduate of Harvard Law School.