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NEEDS TO BE UPDATED blue dog Democrat he'll tell you. And why shouldn't he be? He was raised in a steel mill town by an Irish-Catholic mother. Granite City was the kind of town that fostered Democratic ideals-the value of hard work and protecting the rights of the men an women who performed the work.


Lance grew up in a town that he describes as having "everything that's right about small town America."


True to the Democrat's value of hard work, Lance took a job at the tender age of six as a paperboy for the Granite City Press-Record. At the age of 12, he was working at St. Elizabeth's Hospital mopping floors and held that job until he was 14 and went to work as a stock boy at a local drugstore. His high school years were spent teaching swimming at the YMCA. Lance also held a job as a lifeguard at Wilson School. Through it all, he maintained his high grades and graduated an honor student.


Lance enrolled at St. Louis University-based on the urging of Father Lee Brown. During college, Lance worked in the steel mill and for the laborers local. Shortly after finishing law school and working as an investigator at the age of 26, lance hung out a shingle announcing, "Lance Callis, Attorney at Law."-a pretty gutsy move for a kid. It proved to be the right move. He's been practicing law since then and says it's the only thing he can imagine doing in his life.


In the early 60's, Lance joined the Young Democrats and began a lifelong relationship with the Democratic Party. He is a strong supporter of Democratic candidates from precinct committeemen to President. He has been involved in many campaigns, but one stands out especially for Lance-when his daughter, Arm Callis, was elected by a landslide to serve as the first woman circuit judge in the history of Madison County.


Lance is the father of three daughters and one son. When he's not practicing law, you'll find him at a ballpark, a soccer field or the school auditorium doing what he loves most-spending time with his grandchildren, or as Lance says, "just being there with the kids."




St. Louis University, B.S., 1956

St. Louis University, J.D., 1959




 F.E.L.A Law, Personal Injury Law




East St. Louis, Tri-City (President, 1964-1965), Madison County (President, 1976-1977), Illinois State and American Bar Associations, the Missouri Bar, St. Louis Bar, Fellow of the Illinois Bar, Illinois State Bar Foundation, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (Member, Board of Managers), the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and the Dean's Council of St. Louis University Law School.




1959, Missouri & Illinois, 1968, U.S. Supreme Court


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