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James D. Crosson, American judge. Bar: Illinois 1942. Recipient citation of merit John Marshall Law School, 1966.


Crosson, James D. was born on March 8, 1909 in Newberry, South Carolina, United States. Son of Henry H. and Sallie (Spearman) Crosson.


Associate of Arts, Jewish People's Institute, Chicago, 1934. Student, Lewis Institute of Technology, 1936. Bachelor of Laws, John Marshall Law School, 1940.

Master of Laws, John Marshall Law School, 1947. Certified traffic, Northwestern University Law School, 1956. Certified traffic, Fordham University Law.

School, 1957; Graduate, National College State Trial Judges, University Colorado.


Private practice, Chicago, 1942, 46-54;member firm., Gassaway, Crosson, Turner & Parsons, Chicago, 1955-1959;referee, Chicago Municipal Court, 1954-1961;administrative assistant to chief justice, Chicago Municipal Court, 1961-1962;judge, Circuit Court Cook County (Illinois), Chicago, 1962-1980. Law member panel Illinois Board Appeals, Selective Service System of Northern Illinois, 1954-1980.


  • Bar: Illinois 1942.


Active National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Trustee John Marshall Law School, 1963-1987, treasurer, 1967-1987. Trustee Metropolitan Young Men’s Christian Association, Chicago, 1969-1987, 1st vice president, 1970-1987.

Major Army of the United States, 1942-1946, European Theatre of Operations. Member American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, Cook County Bar Association (board directors), Chicago Bar Association, American Judicature Society, Original Forty Club, Masons, Alpha Psi.


Married Jane T. Garland, December 31, 1948. 1 child, J. David.

Henry H. Crosson

Sallie (Spearman) Crosson

Jane T. Garland

J. David Crosson