Judge Crowder Named to Illinois State Bar Association 

Section and Committee 

Judge Barb Crowder (Ret.) of the Third Judicial Circuit  in Madison County has been appointed as a member of the Senior Lawyers section council and the Legislation committee of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA). Judge Crowder is also 1st Vice-President of the Illinois Judges Association. “The IJA is proud of our many judges who give of their time to participate in both of these groups. We share many projects together to educate the public and support the rule of law,” noted Judge Diane Shelley, President of the IJA that consists of more than I200 active and retired judges.


The Illinois State Bar Association is a 28,000-member association with members who are lawyers and judges. It has offices in Springfield and Chicago, and provides professional services to Illinois lawyers, and education and services to the public.

“Section councils and committees are the backbone of the ISBA,” said Dennis J. Orsey, ISBA President for 2020-2021. “Leadership is vital to the success of these groups.”

Committees have the responsibility for specific programs and activities in such areas as professional ethics and delivery of legal services. Sections provide continuing education and legislative services to lawyers who practice in a specific area of law. Each section is governed by a council appointed by the state bar president. Judges and non-lawyers also serve on committees and section councils.

Judge Crowder received her B.A undergraduate from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 1978 and also her J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law  in 1981.  Judge Crowder is also a member of the U of I Law Alumni Board and the Madison County Bar Association.                    

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