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Tasha Buzzell and Associates LLC

Age: 37

ABOUT HER: Born and raised in North Attleboro, graduated from Bishop Feehan High School in 1998, and College of the Holy Cross in 2002 with major in sociology and concentration in women’s studies. Graduated Suffolk Law School in 2006. Began her own law firm in 2009.

WHY YOUR FIELD? I have always wanted to be a lawyer since I was a child. I worked as a program manager after college and before law school, and I considered becoming a social worker during that time. I applied to law school and got in with a scholarship. Without the scholarship, I probably would not have gone to law school. I then chose to focus on family law because it was a good combination that allows me to help individuals and families while still acting as an advocate.

BEST CAREER ADVICE: Do what you love and success will follow.

HARDEST LESSON LEARNED: It takes a long time to implement change. The legal system is a slow process, and it is hard for clients to accept that when they are so ready to make changes in their lives.

MENTOR(S): I’ve had many in various ways. I worked as a law clerk in the Probate and Family Court, and the first judge I worked with was now-retired Judge Anthony Nesi. He impressed upon me that most cases can be resolved without excessive amounts of conflict. In his years on the bench, he had seen and heard it all, and he knew how to handle it.

GIVING BACK: I was on the human rights committee for the Arc of Bristol County for eight years, and chaired it for two. I’ve done a lot of pro bono work, or for a reduced rate, as guardian ad litem, representing and investigating cases involving children and the disabled, and am a guardian ad litem mentor, and was also a conciliator in probate court. I stay up on town politics, and have worked with the North Attleboro School Committee to start a grant writing committee.

WHAT TALENT DO YOU WISH YOU HAD MOST THAT YOU DON'T NOW? Wish I learned sign language; I’d started to when was younger, and wish I’d kept up.

WHAT AWARDS/RECOGNITIONS HAVE YOU RECEIVED IN YOUR CAREER? Pro Bono Service Awards from the First Justices’ and South Coastal Counties Legal Services. In law school I was a Merit Scholar, and also got the First Year Distinguished Oral Advocate Award and the Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers Carol DiMaiti Scholarship. Also was the subject off two Suffolk alumni magazine stories, and as a Rappaport Fellow in 2005, drafted legislation funded by Gov. Mitt Romney which increased program and service accessibility statewide for survivors of violence who had sensory, emotional and/or cognitive disabilities. I’m also a member of the National Sociology Honor Society.