Hon. Craig J. Doran
Justice Craig J. Doran is the Administrative Judge for New York’s Seventh Judicial District and a New York State Supreme Court Justice. Prior to his election to the Supreme Court in 2015, Justice Doran served as an Ontario County Court Judge, having been elected in 1999 and re-elected in 2009, presiding over Criminal, Civil and Family Court. In 2006, he was appointed Supervising Judge of Family Courts in the Seventh Judicial District. In 2011, he was appointed Administrative Judge of the Seventh Judicial District, making him the chief supervisor of all Courts in an eight-county region. He has also been the Presiding Judge of Drug Treatment Courts. Justice Doran has been a member of the NYS Permanent Judicial Commission on Justice for Children, served as Chair of the Judicial Commission on Interbranch Relations, Co-Chair of the NYS Juvenile Justice Strategic Planning Advisory Committee (advising the Governor on statewide juvenile justice policy), and is a member of the Office of Court Administration Raise the Age (RTA) Task Force. Chief Judge Janet DiFiore selected him to serve on the Judiciary Task Force on the Constitution, and the Judicial Commission on Parental Representation.
A lifelong resident of Canandaigua, New York, Justice Doran graduated from Canandaigua Academy in 1982, then from SUNY-Albany (magna cum laude) earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Communications. In 1989, he received his Juris Doctor Degree from Albany Law School (cum laude) where he served as an editor of the Albany Law Review, authoring a published article on the effects of government regulation upon the rights of landowners. In 1994, he was elected to represent New York State’s 129th Assembly District in the State Legislature, where he served until 1999.
At the University of Rochester and at Keuka College, Justice Doran serves as an Adjunct Professor, teaching upper level classes in the Legal Studies and the Adult Studies Criminal Justice Bachelor and Master’s Degree Programs respectively. He also serves as an Instructor Expert for the Center for Professional Studies and International Programs at Keuka College. Justice Doran has also taught at Finger Lakes Community College.
Justice Doran is, or has been affiliated with Canandaigua Kiwanis, Canandaigua Merrill Hose Fire Department, Geneva Hydrant Hose Fire Company, Geneva Rotary, Board of the Seneca Waterways Council of Boy Scouts, The Partnership for Ontario County, Community Action Partnership, the United Way, Task Force on Homeless Children, Falling Through the Cracks Committee, Thompson Health Kids in Crisis, and was Vice Chair of the 19-county Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency’s Regional Commission on Community Health Improvement. Justice Doran serves on the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative (RMAPI) Steering Committee and the Monroe County Systems Integration Project (SIP) Committee.
He is a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow, recipient of the Center for Dispute Settlement’s Honored Peacemaker Award, Seneca Waterways Council of Boy Scouts’ Distinguished Service to Youth and Silver Beaver Awards, Rochester Black Bar Association’s Champion of Diversity, Center for Youth’s Cuminale Youth Advocate Award for his work supporting LGBTQ Youth, and is a Canandaigua Academy Graduate of Distinction. In 2019, Justice Doran was awarded Jurist of the Year honors from the Monroe County Bar Association.
Justice Doran and his wife, Eileen, are the parents of three children.
Information about Judge Doran is also available on the Judicial Directory.