Judge Lane was born in Washington, D.C. but she attended elementary school in Colorado before graduating high school in Connecticut. She attended New York University, where she achieved her BA degree, and went on to the University of Massachusetts, where she achieved a masters degree in community-based education. She then attended the University of Virginia School of Law, where she received a juris doctorate degree in 1976.
Judge Lane has been active in her profession. She is a founder of the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys. She is one of several founding members of the Atlanta chapters of the National Employment Lawyers Association and of the National Conference of Black Lawyers. She has served on the board of directors for the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Association, and is a member of the Atlanta Bar Association, the National Association of Women Judges and of the Gate City Bar Association, where she previously served on the executive committee.
In the community, Judge Lane founded the Centennial Justice Project. She has been a member of the boards of Metro Fair Housing Services, Inc; The National Conference for Community and Justice; the American Civil Liberties Union; Sisterlove, Inc.; and Alternate Life Paths Program, Inc., an organization which shelters and mentors young people who have already experienced the criminal justice system. She has been on the advisory board and an annual judge for the Do the “Write” Thing Project, an organization that addresses the issue of violence in middle schools. She taught English in Moshi, Tanzania in 2013. She is a proud member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 1997.
Judge Lane has been honored to be the recipient of awards, such as the Founders Award from the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, the Outstanding Service Award from the Committee for State Employees Rights, the R.E. Thomas Civil Rights Award from the Gate City Bar Association, the Lawyer of the Year award from the National Conference of Black Lawyers, the Legacy Award from the Minority Section of the Gate City Bar Association, and the Judge With A Heart Award from the Minority Judges of Georgia.
Judge Lane is the proud mother of Jamila, a masters level graduate at Georgia State University; and George, a graduate of the University of West Georgia.