Hon. Craig J. Doran '89 was recently appointed as the new Administrative Judge for New York State's Seventh Judicial District. In that capacity, he will oversee all courts in the counties of Cayuga, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates.
“The most exciting part of my current job is having the opportunity to advocate for and support the 85 judges and 582 non-judicial staff in the Seventh Judicial District, and, also, continuing my work as a multi-bench judge presiding in Supreme, County and Family Courts in Ontario County,” said Judge Doran.
Judge Doran has been the Presiding Judge of the Ontario County Felony Drug Treatment Court and the county's Juvenile Drug Treatment Court. As Administrative Judge, Judge Doran will continue to serve as a multi-bench judge in Ontario County.
Judge Doran was first elected in November 1999 and re-elected in 2009 as Ontario County Court Judge. He is also an Acting State Supreme Court Justice handling a wide variety of cases, including criminal, civil and family court matters.
In 1994, at the age of 29, Judge Doran was elected to represent New York State’s 129 th Assembly District in the State Legislature, where he served until 1999.
While at Albany Law School, he served as an editor of the Albany Law Review, authoring an article on the effects of government regulations upon landowner’s rights.
Looking back at his time at the law school, Judge Doran recalled “a place where I made some of the strongest and best friendships that I have made in my life. Lots of hard work. Lots of good times.”
Judge Doran also noted that, “Not only did Albany Law provide me with a strong foundational knowledge of the fundamentals in a number of different areas of law, but I also learned from my professors and fellow students how to ‘think like a lawyer.’”
An educator as well as a judge, Judge Doran has returned to Albany Law School as a guest lecturer. He currently teaches upper level classes in Keuka College’s Adult Studies Criminal Justice Bachelor and Masters Degree Programs and serves as an instructor expert for the school’s Center for Professional Studies and International Programs. He has previously taught at Finger Lakes Community College.
A life-long resident of Canandaigua, Judge Doran and his wife, Eileen, are the parents of three children.