Timika Lane

A graduate of Howard University and member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Alpha Chapter. The value of hard work and public service were instilled in her early by her grandmother and mother, now a retired Philadelphia Police Detective, values she has passed on to her own daughter Tori, a student at Howard University. Her career of service started as a middle school social studies teacher. From there she went on to pursue a career in law. In 2002, she received her law degree from Rutgers-Camden School of Law. While attending Rutgers, she volunteered for the Pro Bono Domestic Violence Project, the Bankruptcy Pro Bono Project and co-chaired the Black Law Students Community Outreach program. After serving as a law clerk, she represented clients in various areas of family law, and represented indigent families as a Certified Child Advocate Attorney. She went on to work as a major trial attorney for the Defender Association of Philadelphia. where she litigated complex criminal jury and waiver trials for indigent adults and juveniles in the criminal justice system. She left the Defender Association to serve in a different capacity, as the Democratic Executive Director for the Pennsylvania State Senate State Government Committee. where she was on the front lines challenging Pennsylvania’s restrictive Photo ID law, organizing rallies and drafting legislation to counter its disparate impact on seniors, minorities, LGBTQ+ and the poor. Additionally, she assessed the constitutionality of proposed and existing legislation, and provided legal advice and guidance regarding the legal implications of legislation, regulations, and administrative policies. She also served as an Arbitrator and member of the PA and Philadelphia Bar Associations. In 2013, after much soul searching, she decided to run for a seat on the Court of Common Pleas. To accomplish this goal, she left her position and sold her car because she knew the challenges she would face. Her tireless and dedicated approach was met with success winning her election in 2013. Presently assigned to Major Trials in the Criminal Division. Judge Lane is the sole judge handling human trafficking cases. In addition, she handles serious felony criminal matters including domestic/family violence, sexual assault, attempted murder, aggravated assault, arson, robbery and burglary. She also handles Investigative Grand Jury matters Chair of the Board of Judges Board of City Trust Committee, Co-Chair of the Local Criminal Rules Committee and a member of the Communication and Community Affairs, Jury, FYI and Women Judges Initiative committees. Recently, the Supreme Court appointed her to the County Adult Probation and Parole Advisory Committee where she serves as Co-Chair. In 2021 Gov Wolf recognized judge Lane’s exemplary experience and appointed her as a Commissioner to the PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency. The Commission provides leadership in system-wide coordination and in building collaboration among public servants and private citizens representing all aspects of the criminal and juvenile justice systems and victim services. her volunteer efforts include traveling to NOLA with Habitat for Humanity building homes destroyed by Katrina. Co- Chair of Advancing Civic Education teaching civics to HS students. She’s an Adjunct Professor at Harcum College. She is a member of many organizations and served on countless Boards.

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