Member Spotlight

Issue March 2006

Attorney George B. Crane received the MBA Community Service Award on Jan. 21. MBA President-Elect Mark Mason presented the award to Crane, a member of the Berkshire County Bar Association.

Crane, a Pittsfield solo practitioner, has volunteered on the Pittsfield School Committee and the board of directors for Elder Services of Berkshire County.

Crane’s other volunteer efforts include serving as a member and on the board of the Brien Center that provides mental health and substance abuse counseling; serving as president and a board member for the Berkshire Music School; and as the current president of the Berkshire County Bar Advocates.

Crane also volunteers with Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers and speaks on recovering from alcoholism.

Mason said Crane is “equally committed to his community and to his profession.” A life member of the MBA, he recently celebrated his 50th year practicing law. Over that time, Crane committed his practice to the defense of indigent defendants in criminal matters. He is a longstanding Bar Advocate for CPCS and a mentor for attorneys learning criminal defense law.