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Port Huron attorney challenges St. Clair County Circuit Court judge in November election

A Port Huron attorney is challenging St. Clair County Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Lane in the November general election.

Robert Crosby, owner of Crosby Law, PLLC, will go against Lane for her seat, which she has held since 2010.

This will be Lane’s last chance to run for the seat, as the 68-year-old judge will hit the state-mandated age limit of 70 for sitting judges halfway through her term. Once judges reach 70, they can continue to serve the rest of their term, but cannot run again.

St.  Clair County Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Lane presides over a sentencing in July 2021.

St. Clair County Circuit Court Judge Cynthia Lane presides over a sentencing in July 2021.

Crosby said it’s unusual and politically dangerous for someone to challenge a sitting judge. Usually, candidates wait until a judge retires or otherwise voluntarily gives up their seat to run.

But Crosby is willing to take the risk of putting himself in the public eye because he said he wants to give voters a choice. He said based on his own experiences in Lane’s courtroom and what he has heard from others, she has been unfair. He criticized her for not giving all parties the time and weight they deserve.

“I’m coming at this purely from a(n), ‘I don’t like what’s happening in that courtroom’ platform. I don’t agree,” Crosby said. “When I’m in that courtroom, I’m never disrespectful. I’m always proper, and the same thing goes with the candidacy. I can’t just be out there in public saying all of these bad things about the judge when I’m out in public. I really try to refrain from that. But the premise remains the same. It’s the way those cases were handled, and the things that were said were not appropriate.”

Lane disagreed with Crosby’s comments, stating she is fair and impartial, as well as thorough and well-prepared.

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Land of Lincoln Legal Aid, a legal aid provider in central and southern Illinois, is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year! As part of its celebration, Land of Lincoln is seeking nominations for awards to be given at its 50th Anniversary Party in Collinsville, Illinois on Thursday, October 27, 2022.

A letter of nomination outlining why the individual or group is a good candidate for the award should be emailed to Clarissa Gaff, Executive Director, at [email protected] no later than Friday, September 16, 2022.

Criteria for the four awards are listed below:

Lois Wood Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lois Wood Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an attorney or judge who has provided extraordinary and dedicated service over their lifetime to the low-income community by promoting and improving equal justice for low-income people.

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Lois Wood worked at Land of Lincoln Legal Aid for 43 years, starting as a staff attorney before serving as a managing attorney and then Executive Director for 13 years. Lois was a fierce attorney, particularly on behalf of tenants, homebuyers, and farmers. She brought a class action on behalf of East St. Louis Housing Authority tenants that in HUD taking possession of the housing authority and spending more than $80 million in repairs on housing units and $55 million demolishing and Replacing public housing units. She represented farmers who challenged the unfair and capricious treatment by the USDA with regards to lending and paying disaster benefits. As Executive Director, she oversaw the diversification of Land of Lincoln’s funding after funding cuts by the Legal Services Corporation. She led several successful fundraising campaigns that built reserves, prevented layoffs, and led to the purchase of two buildings for offices and upgrades and professionalization of the other offices. She was an early adopter

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