Lake County Juvenile Court Judge Karen Lawson passed away, as confirmed by Dale Fellows, chairman of the Lake County Republican Party. In a statement released by Fellows, he expressed deep sadness at the sudden loss of the beloved Judge Karen Lawson, whose life and legacy as an outstanding Juvenile Court Judge will never be forgotten.
Continue reading to learn more about Karen Lawson’s life, career, and the impact she left on family, friends, and loved ones.
Who was Karen Lawson? Know more about her
With almost 26 years of experience as a practicing lawyer and magistrate, Judge Lawson was a well-liked figure in Lake County’s legal community. She created history in Lake County by becoming the first female juvenile court judge, and she was re-elected in 2014. Prior to being appointed as a judge, she practiced family and juvenile law and served as a Guardian ad Litem for numerous neglected and mistreated children.
Judge Lawson’s position as a prosecutor contributed to the conviction of Alice Lundgren, the wife of infamous cult leader Jeffrey Lundgren who was found guilty of killing a family in Kirtland, Ohio. She also dealt with cases of rape, sexual assault, and child abuse and was renowned for her fervent support of those who had been the victims of these crimes.
How did Karen Lawson die? What was her cause of death?
While the statement from the Lake County Republican Party confirmed that Judge Lawson passed away suddenly, no further details about her cause of death have been released at this time. The community is invited to keep Judge Lawson and her family in their thoughts and prayers as they grieve this tragic loss. More information about the commemoration of Judge Lawson’s life and legacy is expected to be released in the coming days.
Tributes pour in for Karen Lawson
Expressing grief over Karen Lawson’s death, a former colleague, Bill O’Neill, shared a Facebook post. He wrote, “Oh no. What a loss to the whole community. We tried cases together in the Betty Montgomery Attorney General’s Office and she was a true friend and sister. Oh my. You should have been there when I appeared with a certain teenaged speeder…and they found more in the car than maybe we had hoped for. Oh the lecture was classic, but the love and understanding shone through. Godspeed Judge Lawson.”
Another person, Steph Fino, who Karen helped, wrote, “Daammmnnn rip and thank you for helping me thru my custody case 🙏”
The passing of Karen Lawson has deeply impacted numerous individuals, and her absence will be acutely felt. Our condolences and support go out to her loved ones, associates, and the community during this challenging time.
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