William T. Tanner

Legal Aid Society of Orange County
Organization Type: Law Firm
Position/Title: Directing Attorney
Functional Area: Law Practice
Year of Induction: 2015

2102 N. Tustin Ave.
Santa Clara, CA 92705

Business Phone: 714.624.8144
Fax: 714.571.5204


As a directing attorney and the head of many of the Legal Aid Society of Orange County’s innovative programs, ranging from form completion software for self-represented litigants to the first incubator program to partner with law schools and center around legal aid, Bill Tanner leads from the front. Where others are timid to tread, Bill seizes upon novel opportunities better to serve low-income and self-represented litigants. A legal aid with an adjudicated newspaper? Bill is editor of The Notice. A legal aid with a lawyer referral service catering to modest means clients? Bill supervises that, too. And while spearheading these innovative programs, Bill also has mentored and trained hundreds of law students and young attorneys, while showing them that they are capable of more than they ever imagined.

Bill’s charisma and joy for the law is infectious. Bill has set out to change the world of legal education and the representation of people of modest means. For his creativity, dedication, and imagination, we induct Bill Tanner as a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management.

Nominated by Luz Herrera and Robert J. Cohen, October 2015