Madison County Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder has been appointed vice chairperson of the 15-member Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services for the 2014-15 year by ISBA president Richard D. Felice.

The committee was created to study, recommend, promote and conduct activities of the ISBA for "delivery of legal services to the public, including but not limited to legal assistance to the indigent and other methods of simplifying the systems," according to a press release from the Third Circuit.

Felice also appointed Crowder to the 29-member Civil Practice and Procedure Section Council and the ISBA Standing Committee on Legislation for the 2014-15 year during the ISBA's annual meeting.

The council’s purpose is to enhance the knowledge and professional capabilities of lawyers and to disseminate information such as proposed legislation and case law on civil practice. It is one of 41 section councils created by the ISBA that focus on a substantive area of law, or help with the business of law.

With 26 members, the Standing Committee on Legislation bears the responsibility of committee execution of legislative programs. The committee 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 ISBA, Crowder is on the board of directors of the Illinois Judges Association and is a member of the board of the Illinois Judges Foundation. She serves on the Special Supreme Court Child Custody Committee and is a chair of the Third Circuit Family Violence Prevention Council and the Third Circuit Pro Bono Committee.

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