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Princeton Attorney Richard H. Steen Receives NJSBA Distinguished Legislative Service Award

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Princeton attorney Richard H. Steen was recognized with the Distinguished Legislative Service Award of the New Jersey State Bar Association in July for his efforts in drafting the Revised Uniform Arbitration Act, S-514 (Martin). The bill amends and augments rules governing arbitration procedures in arbitration agreements and seeks to render the arbitration process efficient, expeditious and economical, in a manner that is fair to the parties and which promotes finality of a decision of a dispute submitted to arbitration.

The Distinguished Legislative Service Award is given to those NJSBA members who have made significant and outstanding contributions to promoting the Association’s legislative interests, historic mission and the public good.

An NJSBA member for 26 years, Steen has served on the Board of Trustees since 1998. He is chair of the association’s Legislative Committee and a past chair of the Construction and Public Contract Law Section. Steen was the founding chair of the Dispute Resolution Section and a recipient of the section’s 1998-1999 Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Practitioner of the Year Award.

A member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Mediator Standards and Arbitration Committee, Steen chairs the Vicinage Comprehensive Justice Programs Subcommittee of the Supreme Court Standing Committee on Complementary Dispute Resolution.

Steen served as Legislative Counsel to the New Jersey State Bar Association and Staff Counsel to the New Jersey General Assembly. He is a graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law where he was a founding director of the Seton Hall Legislative Bureau and the first editor-in-chief of the Seton Hall Legislative Journal.

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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