Judge Mills Lane is a former Marine and NCAA Boxing Champion, as well as referee that disqualified Mike Tyson.
When he was younger, it may have not looked to those who knew him that Lane would become a judge or box. His grandfather founded the largest bank in Georgia. His father owned an 1,100 acre plantation, and Lane could have had his choice of either career.
He had other ideas. After joining the Marines he won the welterweight championship before being honorably discharged. In 1960 he won the NCAA championship and barely missed the Olympic team. His amateur record was 60-4.
After being paid $10 to referee a collegiate match, he discovered he liked that as well.A man with more than one interest, Lane graduated from Utah's College of Law in 1970. He worked for the Washoe County District Attorney's Office as a trial prosecutor. He became a deputy sheriff in 1979 and was elected District Attorney in 1982 and District Judge in 1990.
He carried his tough, no nonsense attitude he may have obtained from boxing into his legal career. Judge Lane was nicknamed "Maximum Mills" for his tough penalties. He has carried that attitude into his television courtroom. The show debuted April 30, 1998.
"There is a right," Lane said. "There is a wrong, and each of us has choices... On this show we will always reward people who make the right choice."
Judge Lane has been profiled in "People," "Sports Illustrated," and was in a story in "Esquire" of the "100 Best People." Maybe everyone could learn from Judge Lane's attitude of never giving up in life from start to finish.