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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 10/31/03
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Stephen M. Latimer Receives NJSBA Legislative Recognition Award

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Hackensack attorney Stephen A. Latimer was honored with the New Jersey State Bar Association’s (NJSBA) Legislative Recognition Award in September for his work on legislation that prohibits the imposition of the death penalty for individuals that suffer from mental retardation.

Latimer volunteered to be the expert witness on behalf of the NJSBA to testify in support of the legislation. He researched the law in other jurisdictions, discussed issues with other experts and drafted refinements to the bill. He also actively participated in meetings with various interest groups, including the ARC of New Jersey, the ACLU, the Governor’s Counsel and the Attorney General’s office to reach a consensus on the bill to present to the Legislature. He served as a speaker at a recent ARC of New Jersey conference held at the New Jersey Law Center that focused upon mental retardation issues, including the death penalty.

An NJSBA member for over 10 years, Latimer is a past chair of the NJSBA Individual Rights Section. He served on the board of trustees of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey and as an officer of the organization for almost twenty years.

Latimer has spent his career in defense of constitutional rights and civil liberties. He concentrates his practice in the representation of people in federal civil rights actions, employment discrimination and school discipline cases as well as condemned persons in Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana. Because of his defense of condemned persons, in 1998 he was awarded the Thurgood Marshall Award of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

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.

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