EDWARDSVILLE – Third Circuit Judge Barb Crowder has been appointed vice-chair of the Illinois State Bar Association Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services for the 2014/2015 year.
ISBA President Richard D. Felice also appointed Crowder as a member of the Civil Practice and Procedure Section Council and the ISBA Standing Committee on Legislation for the year, during the association’s annual meeting.
The committee on legal services was created to study, recommend, promote and conduct activities of the association for the delivery of legal services to the public, including but not limited to legal assistance to the indigent. The committee supervises the Illinois Lawyer Referral Service. There are 15 members of the Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services.
As vice-chair, Crowder is responsible for planning Pro Bono week initiatives and assisting the chair in the committee’s other activities.
The Civil Practice and Procedure Section Council has 29 members. The council assists lawyers by disseminating current information such as proposed legislation and case law on civil practice. The goal of the committee members is to improve the civil law system. The Civil Practice and Procedure Section Council is one of the 41 section councils created by the state bar group that focus on areas of law, or help with the business of law.
The Standing Committee on Legislation bears the responsibility for committee execution of legislative programs. ISBA Standing Committees are authorized by the ISBA Board of Governors or the Assembly, and members of most committees are appointed by the ISBA president. The Standing Committee on Legislation has 26 members and is chaired by Paula Holderman, the immediate past president of the ISBA.
Crowder has been a judge for more than 15 years. In addition to serving on the committees of the Illinois State Bar Association, she is on the boards of the Illinois Judges Association and the Illinois Judges Foundation. She serves on the Special Supreme Court Child Custody Committee and is a chair of the 3rd Circuit Family Violence Prevention Council and the 3ird Circuit Pro Bono Committee.
Crowder is a member of the Madison County Bar Association and is married to Edwardsville attorney Larry Taliana.
There are over 30,000 members of the Illinois State Bar Association, whose primary focus is to assist Illinois lawyers in the practice of law and to promote improvements in the administration of justice.