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Richard H. Steen Becomes President-Elect of the New Jersey State Bar Association

New Brunswick, NJ - Construction law expert Richard H. Steen, a Lawrenceville resident and Princeton attorney, took the oath of office as president-elect of the New Jersey State Bar Association last week. On Thursday, he began his term at the Association’s Annual Meeting and Convention at Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City.

He also serves as trustee for the New Jersey State Bar Foundation, the NJSBA’s philanthropic arm.

Steen has been a member of the NJSBA for 31 years and served on the Board of Trustees as a Section/Committee Trustee from 1998 to 2004. He is the founding chair of the association’s Dispute Resolution Section and received the ADR Practitioner of the Year Award from the section in 1998-1999.

He was recognized with the Distinguished Legislative Service Award of the New Jersey State Bar Association in July 2002 for his efforts in drafting the Revised Uniform Arbitration Act, which was signed into law in July 2003. A noted author and lecturer, Steen received the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education Distinguished Service Award in 2006.

Steen is a former chair of the NJSBA Legislative Committee, Construction and Public Contract Law Section and Special Committee on Dispute Resolution. He is currently chair of the Task Force on Medical Malpractice.

A member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Mediator Standards, he also serves as chair of the Administration Subcommittee of the Supreme Court Standing Committee on Complementary Dispute Resolution. In addition, he is a member of the Court’s Arbitration Advisory Committee.

He has over 25 years experience in all aspects of construction law and the resolution of complex construction disputes. He has been involved in the assertion or defense of numerous substantial construction claims in state and federal court, and has served as an arbitrator or mediator in hundreds of ADR proceedings.

As a member of the American Bar Association, Mr. Steen serves as co-chair of the Construction Litigation Subcommittee of the ADR Committee for the Litigation Section. He is a member of the Forum on the Construction Industry, Division I Steering Committee and also a member of the Ethical Standards for Mediation Task Force.

Mr. Steen is Past President and a Master of the Justice Marie L. Garibaldi American Inn of Court for Alternative Dispute Resolution. He served the New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association as chair of the ADR Committee and is a former director for the association. Mr. Steen holds memberships in the Mercer County Bar Association and the New Jersey Institute of Municipal Attorneys.

Active within his community, Mr. Steen is a member of the Lawrence Township Municipal Court Mediation Committee and is a Deacon/former President, Trustee and Elder of the Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church.

A graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law, Mr. Steen was a founding director of the Seton Hall Legislative Bureau and the first editor-in-chief of the Seton Hall Legislative Journal. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in commerce and engineering sciences from Drexel University. His law firm, Richard H. Steen, LLC, is located in Princeton, New Jersey.

The New Jersey State Bar Association, incorporated in 1899, is dedicated to the continuing education of lawyers and the public, to reforming and improving the legal system and to aiding in the administration of justice. Visit the association’s website at www.njsba.com.

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