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Hon. Craig J. Doran

Justice Craig J. Doran is a New York State Supreme Court Justice. Prior to his election to the Supreme Court in 2015, Doran served as an Ontario County Court Judge, having been elected in 1999 and re-elected in 2009, where he presided over County Court (hearing criminal felony and civil cases), Family Court (hearing abuse and neglect, juvenile delinquency, PINS, custody and visitation issues, adoption, guardianship and a number of other “family-related” issues) and Supreme Court, where he presided over a variety of civil matters.

In 2011, Judge Doran was appointed Administrative Judge of the Seventh Judicial District, making him chief supervising Judge of all of the Courts serving the approximately 1.5 million people in the eight counties of the Seventh Judicial District. In that capacity, he is responsible for overseeing court operations in the trail courts in Cayuga, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates Counties. From 2006 to 2011, Judge Doran was the Supervising Judge of the Seventh Judicial District Family Courts. In 2014, Doran was named Co-Chairman of the New York State Juvenile Justice Planning Committee - the Chief Advisory Group to the Governor on Juvenile Justice Policy. In 2007, Judge Doran was named by then-Chief Judge Kaye to the New York State Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children. In 2008, then-Chief Judge Kaye called upon Judge Doran to Chair the newly formed New York State Judicial Commission on Interbranch Relations. Doran is also the founder and first presiding judge of the Ontario County Felony Drug Treatment Court and has been presiding judge of the Ontario County Juvenile Drug Treatment Court. He is a member of the New York State Family Court Judges Association, the New York State Bar Association, the Ontario County Bar Association, the Monroe County Bar Association, and is a Volunteer Legal Services board member. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association’s Family Court Task Force and the Judicial Wellness Committee. He has been guest lecturer at the New York University Law School, Albany Law School and the University of Rochester Medical Center Grand Rounds.

At the University of Rochester and at Keuka College, Judge Doran serves as an Adjunct Professor, teaching upper level classes in the Legal Studies and the Adult Studies Criminal Justice Bachelor and Masters Degree Programs, respectively. He also serves as an Instructor Expert for the Center for Professional Studies and International Programs at Keuka. Judge Doran has also taught at Finger Lakes Community College.

In a special election in February of 1994, Doran, at the age of 29, was elected to represent New York State’s 129th Assembly District in the New York State Legislature. During his tenure in the Assembly, Doran was Chairman of the Assembly Minority Steering Committee, making him part of the Assembly Leadership Team. He traveled throughout the state seeking input of New Yorkers on issues of importance to them, and then worked to develop those ideas as part of the Assembly Legislative Program. He served as a member of the Codes Committee, the Tourism Committee and was the Ranking Minority Member of the Assembly Election Law, Cities and Judiciary Committees. Doran took a leadership role on many fronts in Albany and in his district, serving as a member of the New York State Assembly Task Force on Volunteer Firefighters, the Task Force on Health Care and Hospital Crisis, and the Task Force on Education Standards.

Judge Doran is or has been affiliated with Keuka College President’s Advisory Board, was Legislative Chair for the County Judges Association of the State of New York Canandaigua Kiwanis Club, the Canandaigua and Geneva Chambers of Commerce, Geneva Rotary Club (honorary member), Canandaigua Merrill Hose and Geneva Hydrant Hose Fire Departments, Seneca Waterways Council of the Boy Scouts of America (Vice President) formerly known as the Finger Lakes Council, the Alternatives to Incarceration Advisory Board, The Partnership for Ontario County Board of Directors, Community Action Partnership Advisory Board, Monroe County Children’s Center Advisory Board, United Way of Ontario County Board of Directors and Community Investment Committee, Ontario County Task Force on Homeless Children, the “Falling Through the Cracks” program, the Thompson Health Healthy Kids Advisory Board, the Drug-Free Communities Project Key Leader Group, Ontario County Reentry Task Force, Unite Rochester and is Vice Chair of the Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency’s Regional Health 2020 Performance Workgroup. Currently, Doran serves as Vice-Chairman of the 19 County Regional Commission on Community Health Improvement.

Doran has been named a “Paul Harris Fellow” by the Canandaigua Rotary Club. He has received the “Honored Peacemaker Award” given by the Center for Dispute Settlement for efforts in advancing mediation as an alternative to litigation, the “Champion of Diversity Award” from the Rochester Black Bar Association, and the “Distinguished Service to Youth Award” and the “Silver Beaver Award” from the Boy Scouts of America. In 2008, Doran was inducted as a Canandaigua Academy “Graduate of Distinction.”

Craig and his wife, Eileen, are the parents of two daughters and one son.





Judge Craig Doran

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