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David Bookstaver, Director
Mai Yee, Assistant Director
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Date: February 28, 2006

Seal of the Unified Court System
New Supervising Judge of Family Courts
Appointed in the 7th Judicial District

ROCHESTER- Chief Administrative Judge Jonathan Lippman, in consultation with the Presiding Justice Eugene F. Pigott, Jr., of the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, today announced the appointment of Hon. Craig J. Doran as the Supervising Judge of Family Courts in the Seventh Judicial District. The appointment will be effective March 1, 2006, and was made after extensive discussions with Hon. Jan H. Plumadore, Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Courts Outside New York City.

"Craig Doran has made service to the community and the public a hallmark of his career," said Judge Lippman. "A lifelong Canandaigua resident, he is well known in the Seventh District legal community and beyond for his commitment to civic involvement and the law. As a judge, he has served with distinction on the bench, handling numerous Family Court cases, and he fully understands the special sensitivity these cases require. This experience will serve him well in his new appointment as Supervising Judge of Family Courts in the Seventh Judicial District, and I heartily look forward to working with him in this new capacity."

Craig J. Doran was elected in November of 1999 as Ontario County Court Judge, and in this capacity hears criminal, civil and Family Court cases. He is the founder and first presiding judge of the Ontario County Felony Drug Treatment Court and also presides over the Ontario County Juvenile Drug Treatment Court. In 1994, Doran was elected as a member of the New York State Assembly and chaired the Assembly Minority Steering Committee. Immediately prior to his ascension to the bench, he was of counsel to the law firm of Lawrence, Werner, Kesslering, Swartout & Brown. A graduate of Albany Law School and the State University of New York at Albany, Doran serves as an Associate Professor at Keuka College, teaching upper level classes in the Adult Studies Criminal Justice Program. He is currently Legislative Chair for the New York State Association of County Court Judges. Judge Doran lives with his wife and three children in Canandaigua.

In his new position, Judge Doran replaces Hon. Raymond E. Cornelius, who will step down as supervising judge but continue to hear cases on the Supreme Court trial bench.

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