Steven C. Krane '81, former president of the New York State Bar Association, dies suddenly at age 53

Legal ethics expert Steven C. Krane '81 died at age 53 on June 22. A former president of the New York State Bar Association, Krane was most recently a partner and general counsel at Proskauer Rose in New York.

In 2001, Krane was elected president of the NYSBA. As the NYSBA’s youngest ever president, he over saw the efforts to provide legal help to the families of those killed or injured in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and also established and served as chairman of the Student Loan Assistance for the Public Interest Committee, which provided grants to young public interest lawyers. Later, as part of the NYSBA’s Committee on Standards of Attorney Conduct, he was a key player in reformatting the state’s rules regulating lawyer’s conduct, which went into effect in 2009.

Krane served as chairman of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility; on Governor David Paterson's New York State Commission on Public Integrity; and was appointed co-chair of the New York Judicial Institute on Professionalism in the Law by former Chief Judge Judith Kaye '62 in 2007. He also taught legal ethics as an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School.

Posted June 25, 2010