Arthur Stephen Lane

Arthur Stephen Lane

Title: District Court
Appointed by: Dwight D. Eisenhower
Judicial Tenure: 1960 - 1967
Born: December 26, 1910
Birth Place: Arlington, MA
Died: October 23, 1997
Place of Death: Princeton, NJ

Born in Arlington, Massachusetts, Lane received a B.A. from Princeton University in 1934 and an LL.B. from Harvard Law School in 1937. He was a law secretary to the New Jersey Vice Chancellor from 1937 to 1939. He was a Commanding Officer in the United States Navy during World War II, serving from 1942 to 1946. He was then an assistant prosecutor in Mercer County, New Jersey from 1946 to 1956, while also maintaining a private practice at Trenton, New Jersey. He was a judge on the Mercer County Court, New Jersey from 1956 to 1960.

On June 17, 1960, Lane was nominated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey vacated by Philip Forman. Lane was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 27, 1960, and received his commission on August 30, 1960. He resigned on July 15, 1967.

Following his resignation from the bench, Lane was general counsel to, and a director of, Johnson and Johnson, in New Brunswick, New Jersey, from 1967 to 1976. He returned to private practice in New Brunswick from 1976 to 1997. He was a Member of the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation from 1977 to 1985.

Lane died in Princeton, New Jersey.

Professional Career

  • Law secretary, vice chancellor of New Jersey, 1937-1939
  • U.S. Navy commanding officer, 1942-1946
  • Assistant prosecutor, Mercer County, New Jersey, 1946-1956
  • Private practice, Trenton, New Jersey, 1946-1956
  • Judge, Mercer County [New Jersey] Court, 1956-1960
  • General counsel/director, Johnson and Johnson, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1967-1976
  • Private practice, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1976-1997
  • Member, New Jersey State Commission of Investigation, 1977-1985


  • Princeton University, B.A., 1934
  • Harvard Law School, LL.B., 1937

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