The following announcement appeared in the November 2, 2007 issue of the New York Law Journal
“Justice Stephen G. Crane of the Appellate Division, Second Department, said yesterday he will resign on Feb. 4 to join Judicial Arbitration & Mediation Services in Manhattan. JAMS, a California-based dispute resolution firm, employs several prominent retired New York state judges, including Milton Mollen, Betty Weinberg Ellerin, Stanley S. Ostrau and Richard M. Rosenbaum. ‘They came to me, I hadn’t thought about it till then,’ Justice Crane, 69, said yesterday in an interview. ‘I thought it was time to move on to a new challenge.’ He called the decision to step down a ‘terribly wrenching one.’ Justice Crane, who has been at the Second Department since 2001, is a former Criminal Court judge, Supreme Court justice and administrative judge of the civil branch of Manhattan Supreme Court. — Joel Stashenko”
Justice Crane has also served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the New York County Public Access Law Library since it first opened on February 14, 1995.